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Community Strength And Balance Classes

Community strength and balance classes are social, fun and keep you strong and independent to do the activities you love.

Age Concern Auckland is the lead agency for Community Strength and Balance classes across Counties Manukau. Our role is to coordinate and grow access to classes.

As part of this programme a range of classes are offered across Counties Manukau which help older people improve their balance, leg strength, flexibility, general fitness and well-being.

Three levels of classes are offered and we will work to ensure that you are placed in a class suited to your mobility and ability:

  • Level 1 - Limited Mobility – use of a walking aid, restricted activity and/or does not engage in regular physical activity (e.g. gardening, walking).
  • 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.

Bookings for all classes are essential.
You can enquire about a class by 0800 262 368  or clicking on 'Register your interest'. When completing the Register your interest form be sure to clearly state the class/es you are interested in attending.

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

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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

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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)

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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, 1:00pm – 2:00pm from 14/1/2020 - 17/11/2020
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
Cost: $2

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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 & Fridays 11:30am-12:30pm
Level 2 reasonable mobility catered for
Accessibility: Ground level entrance and ramp, parking available

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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
When: Tuesday 10:20 or 11:20am; Thursdays 10:20 or 11:20am
Level: 2 -reasonable to full mobility catered for
Cost: $4:50 or concession card available
Otherwise attend the Introductory Gentle Exercise class on a Wednesday first

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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, 11am – 12:00pm
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
Cost: $10 

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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: Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 12.45pm – 1.45pm
Level 2: beginner with reasonable mobility 
Cost: $4:50 per class or concession cards available $40 for 10 classes
Your first Never Too Old class must be pre-booked with Fitness Staff, phone 09 537 6029

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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 ageing 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, phone: 021 049 8601, email   

When/Where:
- CREO Gym, 5 Cape Hill Road, Pukekohe - Tuesdays 10:00am - 11:00am
- Manurewa Leisure Centre, 33 Frances Street, Manurewa -Wednesday 1.30pm-2.30pm
- Manurewa Leisure Centre, 33 Frances Street, Manurewa -Thursdays 11:30am
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
Cost: $5 with a Community Strength & Balance Referral

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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
Where: Lloyd Elsmore Pool & Leisure Centre, Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga
When: Mondays & Fridays 9am
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
Cost: $6 per class, concession available

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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.

Contact/Leader: Bruce Blomfield
Where/When:
- Amberly Park Community Centre, 8 Village Place, Tuakau, Thursdays 10:30-11:30am
- Possum Bourne Retirement Village, Lisle Farm Drive, Pukekohe, Fridays 10:00am
Level: Level 1 beginner, limited mobility catered for
Accessibility:  Ground level entrance
Cost: $5 per class

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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 and core stability. So much fun to great music.

Contact/Leader: Cindy Stewart
Where: Franklin Pool & Leisure Centre, 29 Franklin Road, Pukekohe
When: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:15am & Tuesdays 10:15am
Accessibility: Ground level access, parking available
Class Level: Level 1 - beginner, limited mobility
Cost: GRx card holders & CSC & Gold card   $6 per class, $10 without

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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
Where: Franklin Pool & Leisure Centre, 29 Franklin Road, Pukekohe
When: Tuesdays 9:15am & Thursdays 9:30am
Accessibility: Stairs up to the class only, plenty of parking available
Class Level: Level 2 - reasonable mobility and Level 3 full mobility catered for
Cost: GRx card holders & CSC & Gold card   $6 per class, $10 without

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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.

Where: 25 Tui Road, Papatoetoe
When: Sundays 8:00am-9:00am
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)
Cost: $5 per class

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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
Where: Howick Leisure Centre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick
When: Wednesdays, 1pm
Accessibility: Stairs and lift available, plenty of parking
Level: Level 2 - beginner, reasonable mobility
Cost: $4.50

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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
Where: Clayton Park School Hall, Coxhead & Wattle Farm Road, Manurewa
When: Monday & Wednesdays 6:30pm
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
Cost: $5 per class for Gold Card holders; $10 per class for others
This class requires enrolment prior to attending.  Beginners start by the term together.

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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
Where: Manurewa Leisure Centre, Frances Street, Manurewa
When: Fridays 9:30am
Accessibility: Ground level entrance and ramp, parking available 
Class Level: Level 1- beginner, limited mobility & Level 2 - beginner, reasonable mobility catered for
Cost: $3 per class or $25 per term

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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
Accessibility: Ground level entrance & ramp, parking available
Instructors: Christine Mercer & Juliet Wilson
Cost: $5

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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.

Instructor: Juliet Wilson
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
Accessibility:  Ground level entrance & ramp, parking available
Cost:  $5
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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
Where: Papakura Leisure Centre, 294 Great South Road, Papakura
When: Tuesdays & Fridays 10am
Accessibility: Ground level entrance and ramp, parking available 
Class Level: Level 2 - beginner, reasonable mobility
Cost: $5

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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
Where: Picton Centre, 120 Picton Street, Howick
When: Mondays 11am
Accessibility: Ground level entrance, parking available
Class Level: Level 1 - beginner, limited mobility
Cost: $8

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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.

Instructor: Tamara Bennett
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)
Level: 1 limited mobility and level 2 reasonable mobility and level 3 full mobility catered for
Accessibility: Chair available for balance and seated exercise
Cost: $5 with a referral or $7 to $10 without a referral

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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.

Where: Trinity Methodist Church, 474 Pakuranga Road
When: Wednesdays, 9:30am – 10:30am, year-round unless class falls on public holidays
What to Bring: Drinking water bottle 
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
Cost: $2

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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.

Where: All Saints' Community Centre, 30 Cook Street, Howick
When: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00pm– 2:00pm, year round unless class falls on public holidays
What to Bring: Drinking water bottle
Accessibility: parking available and ground level access
Level: combination of Level 1 limited mobility and Level 2 reasonable mobility catered for
Cost: $2
Registration is essential as classes may be full

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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
Where: St John Community Room, 19 Roulston Street, Pukekohe
When: Wednesdays 10am-11am
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
Cost: $5

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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
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
Accessibility: Ground level entrance, parking available
Class Level: Level 1 - beginner, limited mobility & Level 2 - beginner, reasonable mobility catered for
Cost: $5

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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
Where: WETFIT, 116 Waihoehoe Road, Drury
When: Ring to find out days and time and to register, click here
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
Ring to find out days and time and to register
Cost: $14

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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)
Cost: $7 per class

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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 in the Counties Manukau area please email

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