Supporting Health Through Fitness
Research-based program encourages wellness
The Fitness Club
The Club Fitness Centre at Shalom Village is a unique exercise club for people over the age of 65. It grew from a successful research project with McMaster University that demonstrated the dramatic impact that age appropriate exercise can have on the quality of life experienced by older adults.
Two major benefits of exercise were uncovered through the project: a marked reduction in the incidence of falls and improvements in mobility. Participants not only felt better but found everyday tasks such as getting in and out of a car, or sitting and standing easier to accomplish.
Open to all Hamilton Region seniors
In addition to more than 200 Shalom Village residents, The Club is open to all Hamilton region seniors 65 and over. If you’re 65 or over, contact us to find out how we can support your health and wellness goals.
Personal fitness plan
People of all fitness levels and abilities work out at The Club, from the actively mobile to those who rely on wheelchairs or walkers to get around. Head Coach Greg Almas and his team develop a personal fitness plan based on each individual’s needs and abilities. It is a personalized approach to better health with an emphasis on fun.
The Club Fitness Centre at Shalom Village has a friendly, social atmosphere that is welcoming to those who might not feel comfortable in a traditional health club setting. Many members enjoy socializing over coffee or a light lunch after their workout in the nearby Bubbi Bessie’s Café.
How to join The Club Fitness Centre
Please note: All those wishing to join The Club Fitness Centre at Shalom Village are required to provide written consent from their doctor in order to participate.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How old do you have to be to join?
Our minimum age limit is 65 years old. People of all fitness levels and abilities work out at The Club, from the actively mobile to those who rely on wheelchairs or walkers to get around.
Is The Club open to people who don’t live at Shalom Village?
In addition to more than 200 Shalom Village residents, The Club is open to all individuals from the wider community over the age of 65.
Why do I need my doctor’s permission to join The Club?
A doctor permission form must be signed before individuals can be assessed and begin a fitness program. Fitness activities can be strenuous and understanding your unique health situation allows our team to design the right program for you. All those wishing to join the The Club Fitness Centre at Shalom Village are required to provide written consent from their Family Doctor in order to participate. We can fax the form to your doctor for you or you can take it to your doctor to get it signed.
What are The Club Fitness Centre hours?
The Club is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m to noon. We then close for a half hour lunch (12-12:30 p.m.), and open again from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
What are the costs to joining The Club?
There is an initial assessment fee of $25 and a four-month membership fee of $160 ($40/month). Members can continually renew their membership every four months at $160.
Is there a waiting list to become a member?
For seniors who are able to perform the majority of their workout plan with minimal assistance from trainers, we are excited to welcome new members immediately.
For seniors who require significant support from trainers, there may be a waiting list to join the Fitness Club at Shalom Village. Please contact Greg Almas at 905-529-1613 x 220 for an initial review of your needs and goals, so we may arrange to have you join The Club at the first available opportunity.
What exercise equipment do you have in The Club?
We have Keiser strength training equipment that includes the chest press, lat pull-down, leg press, military press, calf strengthening, triceps press, biceps curl, lower back strengthening, leg extensions, leg curls, and upper back strengthening machines.
For cardiovascular exercise we have Nusteps, recumbent bikes, upright bikes, an arm cycle ergometer, and treadmills.
We also have NeuroGym equipment that includes the sit-to-stand trainer, bungee walker, and pendulum stepper.
Finally, we have free weights, bands and tubes, and exercise classes for various levels of mobility.
Can I get one-to-one help while exercising?
Every new member will have an individualized program designed for them to meet their goals. A trainer will work one-on-one with each new participant to teach them how to get the most out of their exercise program. For those participants needing ongoing one-to-one assistance, we will work with the participant to schedule weekly times with our trainers so that the participant can have the support they need at no extra charge.
What should I wear to exercise?
At all times in The Club participants are required to have a closed toe and closed heel shoe. A walking or running shoe is the most ideal. In the winter months, we encourage our participants to have an outdoor pair of shoes and another pair of shoes that they change into when they participate in their exercises. Wear articles of clothing that are comfortable and not too restrictive. Please avoid jewelry or items that dangle or hang and could be a potential hazard to your safety.