Move and groove to modern music to get fit with dance
RECOGNISING that over-55s want age- appropriate exercise that is fun and doesn't treat them as "old", KBOD Fitness owner Kelii Grauer put together her over-55s dance strength class.
It's a combination of dance and Pilates to modern music, with simple routines, built-in recovery breaks and no experience required.
Health benefits, she said, included improved strength, better muscle tone and function, cardio fitness, stability and balance.
"But there's so much more than just the fitness side. It's social, it builds confidence and motor skills, you can see your progress ... and it's fun," Kelii said.
Dance steps are incorporated into the warm-up, so Kelii said people often don't even realise they are learning until they recognise the steps in the choreography.
Participants so far range from 55-66 years of age and, just five weeks in, report they are already feeling stronger and more confident, with one being told by family, "you're so much happier after classes".
With 23 years in the entertainment industry from the age of 17, including a principal role in the touring international stage production of Saturday Night Fever, dancing in the film version of Moulin Rouge, and on stage with names like Kylie Minogue, Kelii said she didn't feel she had completely left performing behind as a trainer.
It was while working in Los Angeles that she discovered dance-based fitness classes and realised their appeal for diverse participants regardless of age or gender - teens, young mums, body-conscious celebrities and people whose fitness had faded for various reasons.
She said for her Pilates was "the holy grail of fitness" for everyone, due to its low-impact nature and focus on working on the core.
Kelii's enthusiasm is energising in itself, while her senior canine helper, 16-year-old Socs (short for Socrates), who is 112 in human years, adds to the relaxed and friendly environment.
The first class is just $5, with an introductory price offer after that of three classes for $30, and a 10-pack for pensioners for $160.
Over-55s class Wed 10.30am. Other classes, ph: Kelii 0756492844, go to kbodfitness.com or drop in at 1/11 Palm Beach Ave, Palm Beach.