50+ Fitness

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Parks and Recreation Programs

Harris Center

425 Perry St

  1. Email: webparksrec@auburnalabama.org
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Gabby Meredith

Community Programs Coord

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2946
  2. Email: gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

The Parks and Recreation Department offers several fitness classes and groups to those age 50 and above. Many of them are free or low cost. You can register for classes at the Harris Center Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm. Winter registration begins Monday, November 6th. The first two weeks of registration are reserved for Auburn residents. You must re-register each quarter.

NEW! Active Living Everyday

Active Living Every Day is an evidence-based behavior change program. The approach is unique because it addresses the root causes of inactivity rather than simply prescribing exercise. Participants learn the skills they need to become and stay physically active including identifying and addressing barriers to physical activity, increasing self-confidence about becoming physically active, creating realistic goals and rewards for physical activity, developing social support and recovering from lapses in physical activity. FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Dates: 3/6 - 5/22 Time: 4 - 5 pm. Location: Harris Center

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

NEW! Silver Sneakers Classic

Move to music and have fun while exercising to increase muscle strength, range of movement, and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, bands, and a ball is used for resistance. A chair is used for seated exercises and standing support. FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Monday Dates: 1/15 - 5/28 Time: 9 - 9:45am Location: Harris Center

Contact: Elizabeth Kaufman • (334) 501-2939 • ekaufman@auburnalabama.org

NEW! Auburn DanceWorks: Rhythm & Movement

In this dance class, you will learn steps from various styles of dance (like ballet and hip-hop), follow those steps in sequences and patterns (choreography), fitness exercises for core and joint strength, and learn movements to use for warming up and cooling down when doing physical activities. This class will have you feeling comfortable dancing at social events, taking future dance classes and participating in other physical activities every day! Exercise bands will be provided or you may bring your own. Sign up for one or both sessions. For more information. Please contact the instructor. $80/session or $10 per class. Payable to INST first day of class.

Session I •  Day: Monday Dates: 3/19 - 5/14 Time: 10 -11am Location: Harris Center

Session II • Day: Thursday Dates: 3/22 - 5/17 Time: 4 - 5pm Location: Harris Center

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

NEW! RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Program

This self-defense training program is designed exclusively for women and includes instruction on risk awareness and risk reduction and hands-on physical defense techniques. The RAD program is a nationally certified self-defense program and classes are taught by certified RAD instructors from the Auburn Police Division. The first class will be lecture style and the remaining classes will focus on technique. This class will require a minimum of 12 participants to make. Athletic shoes and comfortable clothing are required. FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Monday Dates: 3/5, 3/12 - 3/26 Time: 2-4pm Location: Harris Center

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

NEW! Dulcimer Lessons

The lap dulcimer is a stringed folk instrument that evolved in the Appalachian mountains in the 1800s. Dulcimers are the easiest stringed instrument for beginners to play, ideal for children, seniors and non-musicians who want to play tunes or accompany singing. Dulcimers are a relatively quiet instrument. Their sweet quiet sound is well-suited to personal relaxation or playing in a cozy environment. The instructor is a Clinical Lecturer in the Music Education Department at Auburn University. Students will be required to purchase an Applewood student dulcimer ($150) and lesson book ($10) from Spicer’s Music for the class. FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Friday Dates: 3/2 - 5/25 Time: 9:30 - 10:30am Location: Harris Center

Contact: Katherine King• (334) 524-0467 • kingkat@tigermail.auburn.edu

Piano Fun

Learn to play the piano in a relaxed atmosphere while having fun making music. This class is for beginners or those who have forgotten how to play. No experience necessary. Class size is limited to six participants per 8-week session. The fee includes a music book with 24 timeless songs and a CD with audio tracks for practice and playing along. $88/8-week session. Payable to INST first day of class.

Session I •  Day: Tuesday Dates: 3/27 - 5/15 Time: 10:30 -11:30am Location: Harris Center

Session IIDay: Tuesday Dates: 3/27 - 5/15 Time: 1:30 - 2:30pm Location: Harris Center

Contact: John Norton • (334) 887-9883 • john.norton72@gmail.com

Joy's Music Studio

Joy's music studio offers private/group voice lessons. The lessons focus on proper vocal techniques (such as breathing and breath management), diction and artistic interpretation. The schedule and fee for the group lessons are listed below. Please contact the instructor for arrangement of private lessons. $150/2 Months. Payable to INST first day of class.

Age: 50+ Day: Monday Dates: 3/19 - 4/30 Time: 10 - 11 a.m. Location: JDCAC

Contact: Joy Xu • (334) 750-6117 • czx0002@auburn.edu

Gentle Vinyasa Yoga Flow

Build strength, stability, and balance in this 60 minute gentle vinyasa yoga flow with Ann, a certified yoga teacher in Auburn. Please bring your own mat, yoga block (if you need one for support), and water. Class is limited to 15 participants so you must register. FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Dates: 3/6 - 5/29 Time: 7 - 8 a.m. Location: Harris Center

Contact: Ann Bergman • (334) 501-2930 • abergman@auburnalabama.org

Introduction to Tai Chi for Health

A time honored mind body practice from China, tai chi is recognized as an effective way to improve posture, balance and awareness, to reduce chronic pain and stress and to help reduce the risk of falls. The principles underlying this gentle movement practice are what make it so effective and can be incorporated into everyday activities. Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health programs form the basis of this class which will be an introduction to Tai Chi. Instructors are certified with Tai Chi for Health. Limited to 25 participants. FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Thursday Dates: 3/8 - 5/31 Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m. Location: Harris Center

Contact: Kitty Frey and Emily Livant • (334) 332-3831 • auburntaichi@gmail.com

Tai Chi for Health – Beyond the Basics

A time honored mind body practice from China, tai chi is recognized as an effective way to improve posture, balance and awareness, to reduce chronic pain and stress and to help reduce the risk of falls. The principles underlying this gentle movement practice are what make it so effective and can be incorporated into everyday activities. Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health programs form the basis of this class. This class will go beyond the basics and additional materials will be available to participants. Those who register for this class may attend the free Thursday class at the Harris Center for practice. Instructors are certified with Tai Chi for Health. Limited to 15 participants. $5/class. Payable to INST first day of class.

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Dates: 3/6 - 5/29 Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m. Location: Frank Brown Recreation Center

Contact: Kitty Frey and Emily Livant • (334) 332-3831 • auburntaichi@gmail.com

Zumba Gold - The Fun Workout for Anyone Any Age Any Ability

Zumba Gold was designed for the older active adult, a person who hasn't been exercising in a long time or individuals who may be limited physically. The biggest difference between Zumba Gold and Zumba basic is that Zumba Gold is done at a much lower intensity. It's just as much fun, just not as fast! Zumba Gold utilizes the same great Latin styles of music and dance that are used in the Zumba basic program, including the Salsa, Cha-Cha, Rock ‘n Roll and Merengue. The Zumba Gold program strives to improve balance, strength, flexibility and most importantly, the heart. When you take the Zumba Gold class, be sure to wear comfortable workout clothing, take water and a towel, along with a "ready to party" attitude! FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Wednesday and Thursday Dates: 3/7 - 5/31 Time: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Location: Harris Center

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Seated Zumba Gold

Zumba movements are designed to mimic many typical Latin dance styles like salsa, rumba, and cumbia. Although traditionally many of these dances require use of your entire body, they can easily be adapted for people with mobility challenges. Many movements can be done with the upper body from a seated position in a wheelchair. Because so many different styles of music are usually incorporated into typical Zumba classes, participants join into the motions they feel most comfortable with. This class is a great way to strengthen the upper body as well as the lower extremities such as ankles and feet (if able). The class can be taken from your own wheelchair or from a regular chair. Chairs provided.. FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Wednesday and Thursday Dates: 3/7 - 5/31 Time: 9:30 - 10 a.m. Location: Harris Center

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Moving Matters (Formerly Functional Fitness)

This full body movement class will teach you to move strong and smart so you can continue to participate in everyday activities with ease. Educational in nature, this class will emphasize safe ways of moving while improving postural/core stability. Please bring a mat and towel. Hand weights and exercise bands are available. Instructor is an occupational therapist and experienced teacher. Limited to 20 participants. $5/class. Payable to INST first day of class.

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Dates: 3/6 - 5/29 Time: 11 a.m. - Noon Location: Frank Brown Recreation Center

Age: 50+ Day: Thursday Dates: 3/8 - 5/31 Time: 11 a.m. - Noon Location: Harris Center

Contact: Kitty Frey • (334) 332-3831 • auburntaichi@gmail.com

Yin Yoga for Health and Happiness

Yin Yoga is a little different than the "typical" yoga class. It is a more passive yoga class where we learn to relax our muscles in order to improve the health of our joints, ligaments, fascia, and all other connective tissues that normally are not exercised in traditional exercise. Please let the instructor know of any injuries or concerns as she may need to modify a pose to meet your specific needs. Yin Yoga is recommended highly if you are over the age of 35 as it helps to keep the connective tissues, joint, and other aspects of the body in proper alignment and good health as we age. Yin also teaches breathing techniques that help improve mood, sleep, and mobility. This is an all levels class from beginners to advanced. Please bring your own yoga mat and towel. $5/class. Payable to INST on the first day of class.

Age: 50+ Day: Monday and Wednesday Dates: 3/5 - 5/30 Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Location: Frank Brown Recreation Center

Contact: Tammy Hollis • (334) 703-0168 • hollite60@gmail.com