Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

YMCA South Australia to launch new Strength for Life Aqua program

YMCA South Australia to launch new Strength for Life Aqua program
August 10, 2020

A new aqua exercise program, Strength for Life Aqua, aimed at increasing strength and mobility in people over 50 is being prepared by YMCA South Australia, in collaboration with the Council of the Ageing (COTA) and will be launched at The Parks Recreation and Sports Centre in the Adelaide suburb of Angle Park on 1st September.

The program is an adaption of the successful land-based program that has run across many of the state’s YMCA-managed centres since 2013. It will enable older community members to access an affordable, quality strength training program in a weight-supporting pool environment, fully supervised by instructors or exercise physiologists.

The Strength for Life program has been shown to improve balance and walking endurance in older people and can be effective in alleviating the effects of chronic diseases such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, chronic kidney disease and depression.   

Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Laura Johns will facilitate the Strength for Life Aqua program and YMCA Area Manager, Craig Hortin, said the initiative would encourage participation by older community members who needed the extra stability provided by water.

Hortin advises “the new Aqua program will allow people to seek safe guidance based on their individual concerns and limitations and give them the confidence and strength to explore other exercise activities.

“It is ultimately aimed at helping older people improve their function of daily activities.”

Hortin added that ageing had long been associated with a loss of physical strength, function and mobility, however research has shown that regardless of age, muscular strength can be regained and maintained by undertaking an appropriately prescribed strength training program.

The Strength for Life program operates under a tiered system developed by COTA, with Tier 1 involving exercise physiologists or physiotherapists and the potential to refer clients as part of primary care packages. Tier 2 is delivered by fitness professionals via referrals for ongoing management of chronic conditions, or as preventative action.

Enrolment in the Strength for Life program at YMCA South Australia centres is inclusive of a thorough assessment of physical and medical suitability for the activities involved prior to starting and, if required, referral from medical professionals as necessary.

Hortin adds “the initial assessment involves a discussion about medical history, your purpose within the program, objective assessments and potentially exercises to complete.

“There is access to financial assistance and a Medicare rebate for eligible participants, so I would encourage those people to see their GP and ask for sessions to be allocated to an Exercise Physiologist.”

Strength for Life Aqua at The Parks will start with two weekly sessions from 9.30 to 10.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with plans to expand across other YMCA-managed centres to accommodate demand as required.

For more information on the benefits of the Strength for Life Aqua program visit https://www.cotasa.org.au/programs/life/strength-for-life-aqua.aspx.

Image top: The Parks Recreation and Sports Centre in the Adelaide suburb of Angle Park and image above Strength for Life Aqua program

 

Related Articles

23rd January 2020 - YMCA South Australia achieves Quality Accreditation for all facilities

14th January 2020 - YMCA South Australia appoints David Paterson as new Chief Executive

26th September 2019 - YMCA South Australia launches reciprocal rights for facility access

10th September 2019 - YMCA South Australia moves to combat childhood obesity

13th September 2018 - YMCA South Australia to manage new St Clair Recreation Centre

21st June 2018 - YMCA South Australia Active Adults program recognised at industry awards

4th June 2018 - Federal Government backs YMCA South Australia inclusivity and access project

24th April 2018 - YMCA South Australia joins with Fitness Australia in quality partnership

15th June 2017 - YMCA South Australia takes on management of Valleys Lifestyle Centre

16th January 2017 - YMCA South Australia to manage and operate Port Lincoln Leisure Centre


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Altitude Training Systems

ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 
 

Intelligenz

Intelligenz provides Leisure Management Software for managing all your Program Registrations, Facility Bookings, Membership Sales and POS Transactions; including detailed Reporting, automated…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Marketing / Technology

 
 

Clubware

Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Myzone

Email for trade enquiries: Enquiriesapac@myzone.org  Customer support desk - Click Myzone support or go to ‘help’ on myzone app to access live support. Myzone® is the leading…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Sportybots

We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business