KEEP ACTIVE: Harold Clark works on his balance during the Stronger Seniors class at the Allstar Gymnasium.
KEEP ACTIVE: Harold Clark works on his balance during the Stronger Seniors class at the Allstar Gymnasium. Bev Lacey

How Toowoomba gymnastics is building stronger seniors

MOVE over aqua-aerobics - there's a new senior sport in town.

More than 20 people, aged 75 and over, have taken up the Allstar Gymnastics Academy's Stronger Seniors' class aimed at keeping the mind and body active.

Their commitment to health is especially significant this week, which is celebrated as National Brain Week.

"At the beginning we had a few coaches that had grandparents interested, and we wanted to get something started for this age group because it's not common," Stronger Seniors program co-ordinator Tegan Morris said.

"We went off to a course and had a look at what was available, then we've taken the program and gotten feedback from the members.

"Programs like this are important to keep the brain active, we structure the programs to fit the individual."

 

Joan Bell. Move for Life program at Allstar Gymnastics. march 2019
Joan Bell shoots a hoop during the class. Bev Lacey

The program has grown since it started at the gym in 2015 and includes balance, co-ordination and cardio.

"They do resistance training, and socially fun activities such as group work and games involving gymnastics," she said

"We've seen huge changes in some people. At the beginning we are working on the basics, walking in straight lines and balance and now they can walk along the low beams, forwards, backwards and sideways."

Participant Tom Bence said the gym class had given him back his strength.

"We are all reasonably fit, but not as fit as we should be," Mr Bence said.

"It's improved everyone's balance, because as you get older people start to have falls.

"I like to come out here, have a skip, get on the trampoline and then go for a coffee."

For more information is available at toowoombagymnastics.com.au.

Finding balance: Allstar Gymnastics Academy’s Stronger Seniors’ class is aimed at keeping the mind and body active.