Strength Training Classes Offered by Penn State Extension

Are you over 40 and finding it more difficult to take the stairs or get down and up from the floor?  Strength training can benefit you tremendously with your daily activities while protecting you from osteoporosis and losing your balance.

Penn State Extension, in collaboration with The University of Scranton, will be offering the “Growing Stronger” program, a 12-week highly effective weight-bearing physical initiative for people 40 and over and includes food, health and nutrition education.

The classes are designed to help men and women improve their muscle strength and bone density.  Nutrition topics are also discussed and handouts with additional information are given at each class. The exercise portion of the program includes a five-minute warm-up and 8-12 strength-training exercises that work each of the major muscle groups in the body. The exercises also promote proper body awareness, positioning, flexibility and posture. Equipment used includes free weights and ankle weights. The workout is completed with a five minute cool-down.

The class is being offered on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at West Side Active Older Adult Community Center, 1004 Jackson Street, Scranton, beginning February 6 at a cost of $115.

The registration deadline is February 1, and space is limited. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Direct questions to Karen Thomas at 570-963-6842.  To register, please call 1-877-345-0691 or visit

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