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StrongBodies: Be Strong Stay Strong 

A strength training program adapted from the StrongWomen™ Program.

Current and Upcoming Programs

For more information, please contact Jen Whitty at jennifer.whitty@wisc.edu

Virtual Strong Bodies Class via Zoom

Dates: September 21 - November 23, 2021
Times/Days: 9:00-10:15 am, Tuesdays and Thursdays 
Class Size Limit: 40 participants
Instructor: Jen Whitty
Cost: No charge (donations of $5-$25 accepted)

Program includes:
• progressive resistance training
• balance training
• flexibility exercises

Classes typically have eight to twelve participants and last approximately 60-75 minutes. Classes meet twice per week for 10-12 week sessions. Typically, several sessions are offered at each site throughout the year.

Typical Class:
• Warm-up: walking, marching, or light calisthenics, e.g., toe touches
• Resistance Training: work all of the major muscle groups, utilizing a combination of dumbbells, adjustable ankle weights, and body weight
• Cool-down: upper and lower flexibility exercises
• Nutrition discussion during cool-down

The benefits of strength training have been studied extensively and include:
• Increased muscle mass and strength
• Improved bone density and reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures
• Reduced risk for diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and obesity
• Improved self-confidence, sleep and vitality

If you have any questions regarding healthy living, please contact:

Jen Whitty
Health & Well-Being Extension Educator
Extension Waukesha County
University of Wisconsin Madison
515 W Moreland Blvd, AC G22
Waukesha, WI 53188
(262) 548-7789
Email: jennifer.whitty@wisc.edu


If you would like to start a StrongBodies: Be Strong Stay Strong program at your facility, please contact Jen Whitty, Extension Waukesha County Health & Well-Being Educator at 262-548-7789.

About StrongBodies: Be Strong Stay Strong

StrongBodies is a strength training program for anyone desiring to slow down the bone and muscle loss process. StrongBodies is offered to various age groups and genders including seniors and women.

Strong Bodies is founded on the StrongWomen™ Strength Training Program based out of Tufts University which grew out of research published by Dr. Miriam E. Nelson on bone density in older adults, which became popular through her first book, Strong Women Stay Young. The program began in 2003 with the development of the StrongWomen Strength Training Program curriculum and StrongWomen workshops, which train women to become program leaders.

For more information about the StrongWomen™ program based out of Tufts University, visit StrongWomen™ Wisconsin or National StrongWomen™.


Civil Rights Statement: An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requirements.