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Community Strength and Balance Classes - Manukau Locality

Please note all classes are subject to changing Covid-19 restrictions. 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.

50's Forward

50's Forward is an exercise group that is especially designed for the over fifty age group and provides gentle aerobics, line dancing, square dancing, light resistance training and tai chi in a friendly and social environment.

Papakura Leisure Centre, 294 Great South Road, Papakura
Ground level entrance & ramp, parking available
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 10:00am - Level 2-3

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Active + Gold

A circuit class for over 65’s who want to improve their strength, balance and 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!

6-8 O’Shannessy Street, Papakura
Ground level access and plenty of parking
Tuesday, 11:00am-12:00pm; Thursday, 10:30am-11:30am
Friday 11:00am - 12:00pm

Level 1

$10.00 per class

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Senior Fit - On The Move 

Delay and reverse aging through effective exercise, strengthening muscles that will help you continue your daily activities well and preventing falls and injury. This gentle strength and balance exercise class consists of some standing and seated exercise and can be adapted for your needs.

Manurewa Baptist Church, 9 Lupton Road, Manurewa, Auckland 2102
Thursday, 12:00 pm - Level 1

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Kia Ora Tai Chi & SpinPoi 

A fun and friendly fusion of SpinPoi and Tai Chi to boost fitness, strength, balance and well-being. You’ll swing along with easy-to-learn poi movements set to music and finish with tranquil and peaceful tai chi. Seated option available.

Wharekai Room, Te Matariki Clendon Community Centre, 17 Palmers Road, Clendon, Auckland 2103
11.45am to 12.30pm  -
Level 1
$5 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!

Allan Brewster Leisure Centre, Tavern Lane Papatoetoe -
You must book in before attending
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10:30am - Level 3
$4.50 per class or $45.00 for 10

Otara Pool and Leisure, Newbury Street, Otara
Tuesday, 10:00am & Thursday 11:00am - Level 3
$4.50 per class

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Indian Association Yoga

Yoga aims to improve your quality of life through enhancing flexibility, improving breathing habits, minimising stress, improving muscle tone/strength 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.

Please note: This class is currently only being conducted online, please contact us for details.

Indian Association, 25 Tui Road, Papatoetoe

Sunday, 8:00am-9:00am - Level 1-2
$5.00 per class

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Legends Gym

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

Papakura Leisure Centre, 294 Great South Road, Papakura

Ground level entrance & ramp, parking available
Tuesday/Friday, 10:00am-11:00am - Level 2
$5.00 - first lession free

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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.

Friendship House (ground floor), 20 Putney Way, Manukau
Monday, 9:30am - 10:30am & 10:30am - 11:30am

Manukau Baptist Church, 9 Lambie Drive, Manukau

Friday, 9:00am-10:00am - Level 1

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Strength and Balance

Community Strength and Balance class specifically for the over 65's.

Papakura Leisure Centre, 294 Great South Road, Papakura

Ground level entrance & ramp, parking available
Mondays, 1.00pm - Level 1

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Tai Chi for Health

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.

St James Church Hall, Church Road, Mangere Bridge

Monday, 9:30am - Level 1
2.00 Gold Coin  

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Tai Chi for Wellbeing

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

Manurewa Leisure Centre, 33 Frances Street, Manurewa

Tuesday/Thursday, 10:00am-11:00am - Level 1 & 2

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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.

Manurewa Leisure Centre, 33 Frances Street, Manurewa

Thursday, 11:30am - 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.

Manurewa Leisure Centre, 33 Frances Street, Manurewa

Tuesday/Thursday 11:15am- 12:15pm - Level 2-3

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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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