Community Strength & Balance Classes 

in Counties Manukau:

Age Concern Counties Manukau Inc is proud to be appointed lead agency for the

Counties Manukau district. Our role is to coordinate and grow access to approved community strength and balance classes. 

We are part of a nation-wide movement to reduce falls and fractures and support

older people to live stronger for longer. Older people pride themselves on being

self-sufficient and maintaining their independence.  We’re joining forces with our DHB, exercise providers, carers and health professionals throughout our region to support older people to live the lives they want to live, for as long as they can.

Information for exercise providers:

If you are an exercise provider who would like to become accredited to provide Community Strength and Balance classes please fill out our form by clicking the link below. 

If you would like to know more, please email lisaj@accm.org.nz

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How to enrol:

Bookings for all classes are essential. Please use the referral form available through the "Click here to enroll" or "Enroll now" buttons or phone 0800 262 368.

Read through the list below to see what classes are available in the Counties Manukau area.

Fitness League - Howick

Fitness League runs professionally taught, low impact exercise classes to music for all ages and abilities.   An aerobic workout that includes elements of dance and strength, balance and mobility exercises to music. 

Where:  Howick Presbyterian Church, Vincent Street, Howick

When:  Wednesdays 9:30 – 10:30am

Level 2- 3 full mobility required

Cost:  $8 per class

Parkinson's Gentle Exercise - Howick

Gentle exercises to improve your balance and mobility. 

Where:  St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 11 Vincent Street, Howick

When:  Tuesdays 11:00am

Cost:  $70 for 10 sessions

Franklin Baptist Church - Oasis class

A fun seated exercise class.  Participants are seated on or supported by a chair.  Routines are designed for persons with mobility limitations but are suitable for the able bodied.

Where:  128-144 Victoria Street West, Pukekohe

When:  Wednesdays (of the school term)

1st Wednesday of month 10am start

otherwise 9:30am -10:15am includes tea/coffee

Cost:  $2

Oasis Exercise class (Ph 2388544)

Steady As You Go - Otara

Falls Prevention Program for men and women 65+.

The gentle exercises used in the program are based on those proven to reduce falls by Professor John Campbell and Dr Clare Robertson from the University of Otago.

The exercises are designed to improve balance, leg strength, general fitness and well-being. Participants warm up in a chair, followed by standing exercises, walking exercises and warm downs in a chair. A range of light ankle weights is used for the leg strengthening exercises and all participants are encouraged to work at their own pace and stop if they feel dizzy or lightheaded.

Where: Te Puke o Tara Community Centre, 20 Newbury Street, Otara

When: Tuesdays     Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Cost:  $2

Level:  combination of Level 1 limited mobility and Level 2 reasonable mobility catered for.

Accessibility:  ground level entry, plenty of parking

What to bring:  comfortable clothing and shoes, and a water bottle

Beginning:  Tuesday 26 November – to Tuesday 17th December last class in 2019

Resumes:  Tuesday 14 January – Tues 17 November 2020

Lloyd Elsmore Pool & Leisure Centre - 65+ Strength & Balance

A fun seated and circuit-based class to improve your muscle strength, balance, mobility and regain confidence.

Where:  Lloyd Elsmore Pool & Recreation Centre, Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga

When: 

- Tuesdays 3:30pm-4:15pm &

- Fridays11:30am-12:30pm

Level 2 reasonable mobility catered for

Accessibility:  Ground level entrance and ramp, parking available.

Gentle Exercise

A lively, fun, social class with great music, and a variety of exercises which include low impact aerobics, strength & balance exercises

Where:  Howick Leisure Centre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick

-Tuesday 10:20 or 11:20am

-Thursdays 10:20 or 11:20am

Cost:  $4:50 or concession card available

Level: 2 -reasonable to full mobility catered for

Otherwise attend the Introductory Gentle Exercise class on a Wednesday first

Active + Strength & Balance

A circuit class for over 65's who want to improve their strength, balance & fitness.  Led by physiotherapists who are experienced in designing exercise programmes for people of all ages and levels.  Improve your health with our friendly group class!

Where:  6-8 O'Shannesey Street, Papakura

When:  Tuesdays

Time:  11am – 12:00pm

Cost:  $10 

Class Level:  Level 1, limited mobility and level 2 reasonable mobility catered for.

Access:  Ground level access and plenty of parking

What to bring:  Comfortable clothing and water bottle

Never Too Old

Classes held in the gym.  Suitable for all abilities for 60+ years A relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Qualified trainers help you in the gym with exercises to suit your needs.  Improve your fitness, balance, mobility and strength while enjoying good company!

Where:  Howick Leisure Centre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick

When:  Mon / Wed / Fri

Time:  12.45pm – 1.45pm

Cost:  $4:50 per class or concession cards available $40 for 10 classes

Level 2: beginner with reasonable mobility. 

Your first Never Too Old class must be pre-booked with Fitness Staff. Ph:  09 5376029

Age Is Just a Number

Age is just a number don’t let it define you.  Get your body strong and working well for you.  Delay and reverse aging through effective exercise, strengthening muscles that will help you continue your daily activities well and safe and preventing falls and injury.  Get more from your body in a group fitness style class.     

Contact/Leader:  Chloe Trevor, EPR Clinic, Ph: 0210498601, email: chloe@eprclinic.com   

Cost:  $5 with a Community Strength & Balance Referral

Class Level:  Level 1, limited mobility & Level 2, reasonable mobility catered for

Accessability:  Ground floor facilities, parking on site.

What to bring:  Comfortable clothing and water bottle

When/Where: 

-CREO Gym, 5 Cape Hill Road, Pukekohe - Tuesdays 10:00am - 11:00am

-Manurewa Leisure Centre, 33 Frances Street, Manurewa -Wednesday 130pm-230pm

-Manurewa Leisure Centre, 33 Frances Street, Manurewa  -Thursdays 11:30am

Lloyd Elsmore Pool & Leisure Centre -AQUA Classes

Aqua classes are a fun way to improve overall general health. Move your aerobic workout into the pool.  Aqua aerobics uses the natural resistance of the water to give you an intense workout – while still being gentle on your joints. So much fun to great music.

Contact/Leader: Suretta Basson

Cost: $6 per class, concession available

Accessibility: Ground level entrance, plenty of parking available 

Class Level: Level 2 - reasonable mobility, does not use a walking aid and/or currently engaging in some physical activity

When/Where: Lloyd Elsmore Pool & Leisure Centre, Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga - Mondays and Fridays 9am

Supple Seniors

Supple Seniors aims to improve your quality of life through enhancing flexibility, improving breathing habits, minimise stress, improve muscle tone/strength, improve sleep patterns and promotion of inner wellbeing and relaxation.  Participants are seated on, or supported by a chair.  Routines are designed for persons with mobility limitations, but are suitable for the able bodied.

Where:  Amberly Park Community Centre, 8 Village Place, Tuakau  

When:  Thursdays 10:30-11:30am

Where:  Possum Bourne Retirement Village, Lisle Farm Drive, Pukekohe

When:  Fridays 10:00am

Level 1 beginner, limited mobility catered for

Accessibility:  Ground level entrance

Cost:  $5 per class

Contact/Leader: Bruce Blomfield

Franklin Leisure Centre - Aqua

Aqua classes are a fun way to improve overall general health with no impact on joints.  Use of floatation noodles and dumbells to improve strength, balance & core stability.  So much fun to great music.

Contact/Leader: Cindy Stewart

Cost: GRx card holders & CSC & Gold card   $6 per class, $10 without

Accessibility: Ground level access, parking available

Class Level: Level 1 - beginner, limited mobility

When/Where: Franklin Pool & Leisure Centre, 29 Franklin Road, Pukekohe - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:15am & Tuesdays 10:15am

Franklin Leisure Centre - EziFit

Bringing a social fun factor to exercise, Ezifit is a low impact class with an emphasis on Balance, Posture & Strength. Resistance bands & weights available.  Caters for all levels.  

Contact/Leader: Cindy Stewart

Cost: GRx card holders & CSC & Gold card   $6 per class, $10 without

Accessibility: Stairs up to the class only, plenty of parking available

Class Level: Level 2 - reasonable mobility and Level 3 full mobility catered for

When/Where: Franklin Pool & Leisure Centre, 29 Franklin Road, Pukekohe - Tuesdays 9:15am & Thursdays 9:30 am

Indian Association Yoga Class

Description:  Yoga aims to improve your quality of life through enhancing flexibility, improving breathing habits, minimise stress, improve muscle tone/strength, improve sleep patterns and promotion of inner wellbeing and relaxation.  Participants are seated on, or supported by a chair.  Routines are designed for persons with mobility limitations, but are suitable for the able bodied.

Venue: 57 Hillside Road, Papatoetoe

When:  Sundays 8:00am-9:00am

Cost: $5 per class

Level:  Level 1 beginner, limited mobility, use of a walking aid, restricted activity, and/or does not engage in regular physical activity i.e. gardening, walking and Level 2 reasonable mobility, does not use a walking aid and/or currently engaging in some physical activity

Accessibility:  Ground level access, plenty of parking

What to bring:  Comfortable clothing (bring a  cardigan or jacket to keep warm after the exercises) • bring a bottle of water (it is important to drink water while exercising)

Introductory Gentle Exercise

A lively, fun, social class with great music, and a variety of exercises which include:  low impact aerobics, stretching and strength & balance exercises. 

Contact/Leader: Kathy Gross

Cost: $4.50

Accessibility: Stairs and lift available, plenty of parking

Class Level: Level 2 - beginner, reasonable mobility

When/Where: Howick Leisure Centre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick - Wednesdays 1pm

Kia Ora Tai Chi

Enjoyable, easy, flowing tai chi to increase your strength, improve your balance and prevent falls. It is gentle on your joints, too. Seated tai chi is available for those who can only stand for a short while.

Contact/Leader: Jocelyn Watkin

Cost: $5 per class for Gold Card holders; $10 per class for others

Accessibility: Ground level entrance, parking available (the entrance and free parking for the school hall is off Wattle Farm Road)

Class Level: Level 1 - beginner, limited mobility & Level 2 - beginner, reasonable mobility catered for

When/Where: Clayton Park School Hall, Coxhead & Wattle Farm Road, Manurewa - Monday & Wednesdays 6:30pm

This class requires enrolment prior to attending.  Beginners start by the term together.

Manurewa Leisure Centre - Men's Move-it

Join our men's only circuit-based class to improve your muscle strength, mobility and mojo.  For men aged 65+ who want to regain strength, balance and confidence.

 

Contact/Leader: Brett Johnstone

Cost: $3 per class or $25 per term

Accessibility: Ground level entrance and ramp, parking available 

Class Level: Level 1- beginner, limited mobility & Level 2 - beginner, reasonable mobility catered for

When/Where: Manurewa Leisure Centre, Frances Street, Manurewa - Fridays 9:30am

Papakura Leisure Centre - Legends 50's Forward

A fun lively and varied group fitness to music class which combines low impact aerobics, some step aerobics and light dumbells. 

Where:  Papakura Leisure Centre, 294 Great South Road, Papakura

When:  Tuesdays 10am (level 2 reasonable mobility) and Thursdays 10am (Level 3 full mobility, reasonable fitness level)This class is an excellent progression from the Tues 10am Level 2 class.

Cost:  $5

Accessibility:  Ground level entrance & ramp, parking avail

Instructors:  Christine Mercer & Juliet Wilson

Papakura Leisure Centre - Legends Strength & Balance

A fun combination of seated and standing exercises for over 65’s who want to improve their strength, balance and mobility.

Where:  Papakura Leisure Centre, 294 Great South Road, Papakura

When:  Mondays 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Level:  Level 1 limited mobility and Level 2 beginner, reasonable mobility

Cost:  $5

Accessibility:  Ground level entrance & ramp, parking avail

Instructor:  Juliet Wilson

Papakura Leisure Centre - Legends Gym

A fun, social, supervised fitness session held in the fitness centre.  Exercise options include treadmill, cross trainer, bike, rower, machine & free weights.  A good all round workout.

Contact/Leader: Christine Mercer

Cost: $5

Accessibility: Ground level entrance and ramp, parking available 

Class Level: Level 2 - beginner, reasonable mobility

When/Where: Papakura Leisure Centre, 294 Great South Road, Papakura - Tuesdays & Fridays 10am

Seated Gentle Exercise

A lively, fun, social class with great music, and a variety of exercises which include:  low impact aerobics, strength & balance exercises.

Contact/Leader: Kathy Gross

Cost: $8

Accessibility: Ground level entrance, parking available

Class Level: Level 1 - beginner, limited mobility

When/Where: Picton Centre, 120 Picton Street, Howick - Mondays 11am

Smiling Dragon - Beginners Tai Chi & Qigong Class (Falls Prevention Focus)

Tai Chi for Arthritis programme from the international Tai Chi for Health Institute. This programme is endorsed by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and scientifically proven to be safe and effective for falls prevention.

Where/When:

-St Patrick's Catholic Church, 133 Seddon Street, Pukekohe -Tuesday 9am (Intermediate/Extended) Tuesday 10am (Intermediate), Tuesdays 11:00am (Beginners)

-Ryman Possum Bourne Retirement Village Tuesday 1pm (Beginners/Intermediate)

-Tuakau Town Hall, 70 George Street, Tuakau – Wednesdays 10:00am (Beginners & Intermediate)

-Wesley Church Hall, Cnr Queen & Wesley Street, Pukekohe – Wednesday 11:30am (Beginners/Intermediate)

-Mauku Victory Hall, 430 Mauku Road, Mauku – Wednesdays 1:30pm (Beginners/Intermediate)

-Waiuku Scout & Guide Hall35 Domain Street, Waiuku, Thursday 9:30am (Extended), Thursday 10:30am (Intermediate), Thursday 11:30am (Beginners)

Cost:  $5 with a referral or $7 to $10 without a referral

Level:  1 limited mobility and level 2 reasonable mobility and level 3 full mobility catered for

Instructor: Tamara Bennett

Accessibility: Chair available for balance and seated exercise

Steady as You Go- Half Moon Bay

Falls Prevention Program for men and women 65+.

The gentle exercises used in the program are based on those proven to reduce falls by Professor John Campbell and Dr Clare Robertson from the University of Otago.

The exercises are designed to improve balance, leg strength, general fitness and well-being. Participants warm up in a chair, followed by standing exercises, walking exercises and warm downs in a chair. A range of light ankle weights is used for the leg strengthening exercises and all participants are encouraged to work at their own pace and stop if they feel dizzy or lightheaded.

Venue:  Trinity Methodist Church, 474 Pakuranga Rd

Day of Week:  Wednesdays                                                                                       

Time:  9:30am – 10:30am

What to Bring: Drinking water bottle                                                                     

Cost:  $2

Dates the classes run:  Year-round unless class falls on public holidays

Accessibility: parking available and ground level access

Level:  combination of Level 1 limited mobility and Level 2 reasonable mobility catered for.

Registration is essential as classes have capacity limits

Steady as You Go - Howick

Falls Prevention Program for men and women 65+.

The gentle exercises used in the program are based on those proven to reduce falls by Professor John Campbell and Dr Clare Robertson from the University of Otago.

The exercises are designed to improve balance, leg strength, general fitness and well-being. Participants warm up in a chair, followed by standing exercises, walking exercises and warm downs in a chair. A range of light ankle weights is used for the leg strengthening exercises and all participants are encouraged to work at their own pace and stop if they feel dizzy or lightheaded.

Venue:  All Saints' Community Centre, 30 Cook Street, Howick

Day of Week:  Wednesdays and Thursdays                                                         

Time:  1:00pm– 2:00pm

What to Bring: Drinking water bottle                                                                     

Cost:  $2

Dates the classes run:  Year-round unless class falls on public holidays

Accessibility: parking available and ground level access

Level:  combination of Level 1 limited mobility and Level 2 reasonable mobility catered for

Registration is essential as classes may be full

Supple Seniors

Supple Seniors aims to improve your quality of life through enhancing flexibility, improving breathing habits, minimise stress, improve muscle tone/strength, improve sleep patterns and promotion of inner wellbeing and relaxation. Participants are seated on/or supported by a chair. Routines are designed for persons with mobility limitations, however is suitable for the able bodied.

Contact/Leader: Bruce Blomfield

Cost: $5

Accessibility: Ground level entrance, parking around the back (not in-front of the ambulance bay)

Class Level: Level 1 - beginner, limited mobility & Level 2 - beginner, reasonable mobility catered for

When/Where: St John Community Room, 19 Roulston Street, Pukekohe - Wednesdays 10am-11am (25th July and every Wed after that until October 15-18th hall unavailable)

Tai Chi for Wellbeing- Highland Park, Howick, Maraetai, Manurewa, Pakuranga, Pukekohe & Waharau

Tai Chi for health and wellbeing that is fun.  We include functional movements to improve your strength & balance that support your everyday living. Chairs are available to aid standing balance exercises.

Contact/Leader: Stacy Shramana

Cost: $5

Accessibility: Ground level entrance, parking available

Class Level: Level 1 - beginner, limited mobility & Level 2 - beginner, reasonable mobility catered for

When/Where:

-Pakuranga Park Village, Fortunes Road, Pakuranga – Wednesdays 3:30pm

-Highland Park Community House, Korean Positive Ageing, 47 Aviemore Drive, Highland Park – Mondays 10:30am

-Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga – Fridays 10:00am

-Maraetai Beach School, Maraetai – Saturdays 9:15am

-Waharau Regional Park, Waharau/Kaiaua – Fridays 7:00pm

-St Andrews Church, 43 Queens Road, Pukekohe – Thursdays 1:15pm & 7:00pm

-Manurewa Leisure Centre, Frances Street, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am

Wet Fit Aquatic Fitness

Pool exercise for small groups of no more than 7 people in a private, clean, outdoor pool. Qualified and experienced instructors will create classes specifically for your needs.  Aquatic exercise creates no jarring or excessive strain on your joints, while improving fitness, strength and balance. 

Contact/Leader: Nicki Tonkin

Cost: $14

Accessibility: There is a chair lift available to assist entry into the pool if required and warm changing facilities, parking onsite

Class Level: Level 1 - beginner, limited mobility & Level 2 - beginner, reasonable mobility catered for

When/Where: WETFIT, 116 Waihoehoe Road, Drury 

Ring to find out days and time and to register

http://wetfit.co.nz/

Drury.   Ph 294745

Zest for Life

Description:  A fun social, low impact class focused on improving strength, balance, fitness, and reinvigorating your Zest for Life! 

Venue: Better Health PT Studio - 271 Union Road, Mauku

When:  Mondays, 10:30am- 11:30am

             Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:00am

Cost:  $7 per class

Level:  Level 2 reasonable mobility, does not use a walking aid and/or currently engaging in        some physical activity

Level 3 full mobility, good level of fitness and wanting to maintain this, and confident in participating

What to bring:  a bottle of water (it is important to drink water while exercising)

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For information about classes in the wider Auckland region click here.

Only providers who meet nationally approved evidence-based criteria for community group strength and balance will be eligible to use ACC’s quality mark. If you’re an exercise provider, and would like to find out more about running community group strength and balance classes please contact Lisa Jury on lisaj@accm.org.nz. 

 

Click here for more information on how to live stronger for longer!

Are YOU or someone you know at risk of falling?

 

If the person is 65+ years old and the answer is yes to any of these 4 questions they may be at higher risk of falling:

  • Have you slipped, tripped or fallen in the last year?

  • Can you get out of a chair without using your hands?

  • Are there some activities you’ve stopped doing because you are afraid you might lose your balance or fall?

  • Do you receive assistance at home with showering, dressing, or other personal cares?   

  

It is proven that people 65+ years can significantly reduce their risk of falling by doing regular specific exercises that build the strength and balance of their legs and core (stomach, lower back, and hips).  

 

Strength and Balance Programmes have started in rural towns and city suburbs across New Zealand. These classes are led by Instructors trained to assist people 65 years and older in the correct exercises to build strength and balance.

 

To enrol in a Strength & Balance Exercise Class near your home, either:

  • Discuss the answers to the above questions with your GP and he/she will refer you to the correct Strength & Balance Programme, or

  • Click the green button above, complete the form and Age Concern Counties Manukau will contact you with the details.    

 

Each year across New Zealand, 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over will fall. For people aged 80 and over, the risk increases to 1 in every 2 people.  A fall can reduce an older person’s confidence, independence, and general wellbeing.

 

Help us to connect older people with regular strength & balance exercise classes, to enable them to live stronger for longer, and to be as independent as possible. To check your own risk of falling complete the questionnaire in the ‘Staying Independent’ brochure at your local practice, and give this to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to talk this through.  

If you are at risk there are things you can do to help!

  • Exercising at home – ask your doctor or nurse for information on exercises you can do at your own pace to help you with your balance and strength.

  • Community-based falls prevention programmes and exercise classes can help – ask about your nearest programme.

  • Some medicines can increase your risk of falling – ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about the medicines you are taking and if they are right for you.

 

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