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Community Strength and Balance Classes - Eastern Locality

Please note all classes are closed under alert levels 3 and 4, with only some classes opening at level 2. Please contact 0800 262 368 for more information.

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 offered in Counties Manukau.

Please Note: Class details can change at any time, please ensure you book prior to attending.

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 classes are led by instructors trained to assist people
65 years and older in the correct exercises to build strength and balance and help older people improve their balance, leg strength, flexibility, general fitness and well-being.

Bookings for all classes are essential

For more information regarding attending a class please freephone 0800 262 368 or click on 'Register your interest' and complete the referral form, indicating all classes you would like to attend or would like more information on.

Click below for classes in other areas of Auckland

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.

All our classes meet the Live Stronger for Longer nine clinical assessment criteria for community group strength and balance, or in-home exercise strength and balance programmes.

65+ Strength & Balance

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

Lloyd Elsmore Pool & Recreation Centre, Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga
Wednesday, 1:30pm - Level 1-2
$3.00 a class or $25.00 per term

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Aquaworks (Shallow)

Move your aerobic workout into the pool! Aquaerobics uses the natural resistance of the water to give you an intense workout - while still being gentle on your joints.

Lloyd Elsmore Pool & Recreation Centre, Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga
Monday/Friday/Saturday, 9:00am & Monday/Wednesday, 6:00pm 
Level 1 (steps to pool)
$6.10 or $53.00 for 10

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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.

St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Vincent Street, Howick
Wednesday, 9:30-10:30am - Level 3
St Marks Catholic Church, Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga
Friday, 10:00am-11:00am - Level 3
$8.00 per class

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Forever Fit

Relaxed and friendly classes held in the gym. Suitable for those 60+ of all abilities. Qualified trainers help you with exercises to suit your needs. Improve your fitness, balance, mobility and strength while enjoying good company!

Howick Leisure Centre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 12:45pm-1:45pm - Level 1
$4.50 or $40.00 for 10

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Forever Fit - Marina Fitness

A low impact gentle mobility class that works the whole body. The class is suited to the active senior who would like to stay active, recover from injury or just have fun. This class involves standing and lying exercises and requires a good level of mobility and fitness. Suitable for 50+

Marina Fitness, Level 1, Compass Building, Ara-Tai Road, Half Moon Bay
Monday/Wednesday, 10:30am-11:30am - Level 3+
$6.00 (free to members)

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A fun, effective, low impact exercise class on the rebounder (mini trampoline with a handle). This class can help to reduce stress, improve coordination and strengthen muscles and bones. Each class is 30 minutes.

Howick Bridge Club, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick
Wednesday, 12noon-12:45pm - Level 3

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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 qualified physiotherapist.

Picton Centre, 120 Picton Street, Howick - Stairs and lift available, plenty of parking
Monday, 11:00am-12:00noon - Level 1

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Steady as You Go

Falls Prevention programme for men and women 60+. The exercises are designed to improve balance, leg strength, general fitness and wellbeing. Participants warm up in a chair, followed by standing exercises, walking exercises and warm downs. A range of light ankle weights are used for the leg strengthening exercises.

All Saints’ Community Centre, 30 Cook Street, Howick
Wednesday & Thursday, 1:00pm-2:00pm - Level 1
Pakuranga Library, 7 Aylesbury Street, Pakuranga 
Starts 14th September! Tuesday, 1:00pm-2pm - Level 1-2
Trinity Methodist Church, 474 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga
Wednesday, 9:30am-10:30am - Level 1
Kawakawa Bay Community Hall, 9 Kawakawa Orere Road, Kawakawa Bay
Thursday, 10:30am & 11:30am - Level 1
Howick Library, 25 Uxbridge Road, Howick
Monday, 9:30am-10:30am & 10:30am-11:30am - Level 1-3

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Tai Chi for Wellbeing

Tai Chi for health & 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.

Highland Park Community House, Korean Positive Ageing, 47 Aviemore Drive, Highland Park
Monday, 10:30am-11:30am - Level 2
Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga
Friday, 10:00am-11:00am - Level 2
Maraetai Beach School, Maraetai
Saturday, 9:15am-10:15am - Level 2
Waharau Regional Park, 174B East Coast Road, Whatwatiwai
Friday, 7:00pm-8:00pm - Level 2
Pakuranga Park Village, Fortunes Road, Half Moon Bay
Wednesday, 3:30pm - Level 2

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Tai Chi 

Gentle exercises to improve balance and mobility.                                                 
Tai Chi for Parkinsons
St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 11 Vincent Street, Howick
Thursday, 11:30am - Level 1

Tai Chi Gentle Exercise
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 11 Vincent Street, Howick

Thursday, 1.30 pm
- Level 1
$70.00 for 10 sessions

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Total Barre

For participants with limited mobility or restricted movement, this class is designed to increase flexibility, balance and postural stability. It is a seated class to music but has standing components for those who can and all movements are adapted to suit each participant.

Dannemora Gardens Retirement Village, 30 Matarangi Road, Dannemora
Monday, 2:30pm - Level 1

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Zumba Gold 

Exercise to music - stepping mobility needed. Zumba Gold follows guidelines of easy-to-follow moves that focuses on range of motion and coordination. Moves are modified to suit participants.

Uxbridge Art Centre, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick
Wednesday, 9:30am & Thursday, 10.30am -Level 2-3
Dannemora Gardens Retirement Village, 30 Matarangi Road, Dannemora
Monday, 2:30pm - Level 3

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Senior Circuit

This class is suitable for all levels as exercises can be adapted for those who need to seated or use  a walker. A great all round class and lots of fun equipment.

Te Puru Community Centre, 954 Whitford-Maraetai Road, Beachlands

Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9am - Level 2-3

$6.00 casual or 10 sessions for $50.00

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Senior Stretch and Strength

This is a peer led class for the older person which mobilises the spine, increases movement at your joints and includes static and dynamic strength movements to help you maintain those functional body positions. 

Te Puru Community Centre, 954 Whitford-Maraetai Road, Beachlands

Wednesday, 1pm & Friday, 9am - Level 2-3
Plenty of parking available
$Gold Coin

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Senior Pilates

Pilates class using a series of exercises performed on the floor using gravity and your own body weight to provide resistance. The main aim is to condition the deeper, supporting muscles of your body to improve posture, balance and coordination. 

Te Puru Community Centre, 954 Whitford- Maraetai Road, Beachlands

Tuesday & Thursday, 9am - Level 3
Plenty of parking available

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Click here to view a pdf version of the classes above, or click here for a printable version (To print this booklet set your printer to landscape, double sided print, short edge)

Information for exercise providers

If you are an exercise provider who would like to become accredited to provide Community Strength and Balance classes please click here for more information.

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