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StrongBodies: Be Strong Stay Strong 

A strength training program adapted from the StrongWomen™ Program.


Current and Upcoming Programs

Click here to download and print registration materials. Registration materials and fee of $30 due prior to the beginning of class. Make checks payable to Waukesha County UW-Extension. 


Community Memorial Hospital
W180 N8085 Town Hall Rd, Menomonee Falls

Dates: March 28 - June 1, 2018
Times/Days: 9:00 - 10:15 am, Wednesdays and Fridays
Class Size Limit: 15 participants
Instructor: Jen Whitty

Dates: July 9 - August 31, 2018
Times/Days: 10:00 - 11:15 am, Mondays & Fridays
Class Size Limit: 15 participants
Instructor: Jen Whitty

St. James Catholic Church
W220 N6588 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls

Dates: April 9 - June 18, 2018 
Times/Days: 9:15 -10:30 am, Mondays and Thursdays
Class Size Limit: 20 participants
Instructor: Jen Whitty

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

Jen Whitty
Health & Well-Being Extension Educator
(262) 548-7789
Email: jwhitty@waukeshacounty.gov

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

About StrongBodies: Be Strong Stay Strong

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

Be Strong Stay Strong 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: University of Wisconsin, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wisconsin counties cooperating. An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.