At Vision Exercise Physiology we offer a variety of group classes, that provide opportunities to move for a wide range of demographics. Our group programs are a great alternative to individualised one on one sessions, as they are not only fully supervised by one of our professional Exercise Physiologists, but at the same time are designed to provide a fun and social environment.
Here is a brief outline of the group programs we have on offer:
Lifestyle Group Program* :
The Lifestyle Group Program is a collection of focused daily exercise programs that create safe movement possibilities for those of us who find it challenging to make the change alone. The supportive environment of structured group exercise with highly qualified supervision ensures that you have many safe movement opportunities each week to help you reach your personal goals. The Lifestyle Group Program incorporates:
A variable intensity cardio circuit, easily modifiable for all fitness levels and catered for those with physical limitations. A variety of different machines and exercises are utilised to improve each participant’s aerobic fitness level, increase daily caloric expenditure and achieve greater overall health benefits. Ideal for those aiming to improve their aerobic fitness level, assist with chronic disease management, lose weight or reduce further disease risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol etc.
Stretch & Mobility :
Stretching, joint mobilisation and foam rolling all aid in reducing muscle tension and joint stiffness, assist in injury and pain management, and help your body stay balanced, healthy and functional. This program is ideal for increasing flexibility, reducing muscular stiffness and soreness, and reducing injury risk.
Strength & Stability :
A low to moderate intensity circuit class which incorporates both resistance exercises and balance enhancing exercises. Strength training is essential for increasing muscle mass, which is vital for increasing your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and improving joint stability. Balance enhancing exercises aim to improve your proprioception and reduce the risk of falls. The objectives here are maintenance or improvement of muscular strength, muscular endurance and muscle mass, along with boosting metabolism and achieving improved balance and stability with daily activities.
Energise Group Program:
Energise is a gentle community-based physical activity program suitable for anyone who hasn’t done any exercise in a while. You can exercise at your own pace in a friendly atmosphere. Energise is run by Accredited Exercise Professionals specifically trained in managing safe, low to moderate intensity physical activity programs. Energise is open to everyone and is designed to be safe for people with stable long-term health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and bone or joint problems.
Vision Exercise Physiology’s Walking Group is of low to moderate intensity and is suitable for all fitness levels. The walk begins at Willows Health and Lifestyle Centre and snakes around South Toowoomba. A gold coin is required to participate and all funds are donated to a ‘Charity of the Month’.
The Conquer Cancer Exercise Program*:
The Conquer Cancer Exercise Program provides an opportunity for those who are undergoing or have undergone cancer treatment to receive supervised exercise interventions from a highly qualified and experienced Exercise Physiologist. The focus here is on increasing movement and improving strength and function. A combination of aerobic and resistance exercise can help to decrease muscle weakness and wastage, reduce fatigue levels and aid in bone remodelling, all of which can be impacted by cancer and cancer fighting treatments. The exercise interventions are specifically tailored to your needs, abilities, health status and exercise experience and are matched to your health goals, energy levels and time availability. This program offers a wonderful opportunity to maximise your health outcomes and help you to be as functional, as strong and as mobile as possible during and after your Cancer treatment.
BACK To Life*:
Over 80% of people suffer from some sort of lower back pain in their life. If you’re one of those people, BACK to Life is for you. BACK to Life incorporates an in-depth understanding of how the spine functions and how to restore optimal movement. You will focus on stretching the muscles that often shorten and contribute to poor posture, whilst strengthening other muscle groups to restore optimal mobility and stability to the spine. During this program you advance through a series of controlled evidence-based exercises, individually tailored by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. BACK to Life is structured into an 8 week course, with weekly classes allowing participants to progress at their own pace and get BACK to Life.
Modified Physical Activity (MPA) Program*:
The Modified Physical Activity (MPA) program has been created to fill a significant gap in exercise support for children with a physical or intellectual disability or perhaps a child that finds it difficult to exercise or play sport with their peers. Through utilizing game-based exercises, the MPA program provides a group movement opportunity, delivered by Accredited Exercise Physiologists, to assist in fine & gross motor skills development, coordination, functional capacity and movement confidence. Where many of the mainstream movement opportunities available for children involve individually orientated and isolated tasks, the MPA program creates a fun environment, that is not reliant on a child’s autonomy to achieve progress. Participation aims to assist in the improvement of developmental and health parameters simultaneously. The program comprises of one 40 minute session each week for the school term and is targeted at children between ages 3 and 15 years.
* Note that an initial consultation with an Exercise Physiologist is required before participating in this program.
How to get started!
- It is important to consult your doctor prior to participating in an exercise program, or if you have any concerns regarding your health and physical activity. You should be aware of your exercise capabilities.
- When beginning any exercise program, each individual should start at a lower intensity and slowly build up. This is important to reduce the risk of injury and better determine one’s exercise capabilities.
- Set goals. At the end of the day, real progress depends on the individual. Working towards a goal is a great way to increase motivation.
- For more information or to get involved, contact Vision Exercise Physiology on 46 383 777 or email us at [email protected]