Fitness & Wellness Services

We offer resources to provide the pathway to healthy aging

Charter House gives me the opportunity to live well!

Wellness is the combination of many factors that strengthen and enhance the mind, body and spirit. Charter House understands this and incorporates wellness in the programs we offer and in the services we provide.

Our new Fitness & Wellness Center opened in 2016 and is the hub of wellness activities at Charter House. The Fitness & Wellness Center is located on the first floor overlooking Rochester’s beloved Central Park. We provide a range of exercise and strength-training equipment, over 20 group exercise classes per week, and personal training sessions. These programs and services are designed to build muscular strength, enhance balance and flexibility, and improve cardiovascular health.

Senior fitness and wellness opportunities at Charter House

The Fitness & Wellness Center is staffed by our three nationally-certified Fitness and Wellness Specialists. Our Specialists provide residents with an initial assessment, consultation, and equipment orientation. Then they will assist residents with the development of a personalized fitness program based on individual needs and goals.

In addition to the Fitness & Wellness Center, our residents enjoy outdoor activities such as trail walks around Rochester, fitness parties, lawn games, snowshoeing, and other seasonal fun!

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Fitness Class Descriptions: Classes are designated by level

Functional Strength Classes are designed to improve your life: help you move better, feel stronger, have more energy, and improve your overall quality of life. Each class is 45 minutes in length, and combine range of motion, flexibility, muscle strength and endurance, coordination, and balance exercises to help you “function” better!
Classes are split into three levels:

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Level 1 Functional Strength is a mostly seated class, with short periods of supported standing (optional). This class is for those who rely on a walking aid, experience notable physical limitations, or have balance concerns.

Level 2 Functional Strength is for those who do not rely on a walking aid but may have some physical limitations or balance concerns.

Level 3 Functional Strength is more vigorous, for those who are currently active and experience few physical limitations.
This class is immediately followed by Balance Ball Basics, a 10-minute “bonus”
segment to strengthen the core and improve balance while having some fun!

Level 1 Seated Stretch is an all-seated class that is beneficial for everyone, consisting of relaxing stretches for the entire body.

Level 2 Perfect Balance focuses on improving posture, correcting improper walking technique, and strengthening the leg muscles—a great combination to improve balance!

Level 3 Early Aerobics
features classic aerobic exercises with some dance-based and kickboxing-style moves. While designed to build cardiovascular endurance, this class also aims to improve coordination and balance.

All Levels Yoga focuses on good breathing techniques, enhancing range of motion of joints, stretching the muscles, improving balance, and creating a better connection to one’s body.

All Levels Tai Chi focuses on deep breathing and slower, controlled movements. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this low-impact class promoting serenity through gentle, flowing motions that aid in improving balance, flexibility, and strength.