In 2015, Shorewood set out to help their residents and seniors from the Rochester community get fit. The Club at Shorewood was designed specifically for individuals 55 years of age and older. Shorewood built an 11,000-square foot health club that includes a 91-degree warm-water pool, easy to use TechnoGym® equipment and a HydroWorx® therapy pool. Shorewood also hired two staff members to teach land and aquatic classes and provide an orientation for all newcomers.
Kelly Ziemann is the Director of Wellness at The Club. She has a business degree and several fitness certifications that make her a perfect fit for the position. Kelly is enthusiastic and passionate about fitness and helping others learn the importance of getting and staying in shape.
She earned a group fitness certification from the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) in 2008 and began working at the Rochester Athletic Club. At the RAC, she was the Group Fitness Associate and Manager on Duty for eight years prior to coming to Shorewood. While she worked at the RAC, she obtained a certification from the arthritis foundation, as well as certifications in senior fitness, aquatic fitness, Piloxing® and PiYo®. She is also a certified lifeguard and swim coach.
“My favorite classes to teach are the aquatic classes because of the variety of exercises that can be done in the water. You can intensify a workout in the water because it’s easier on joints, muscles and bones,” Kelly said.
Aqua classes can be intimidating for some seniors, but Kelly can help build confidence and get seniors acclimated to the water by getting in the water and walking with them. She said they’ve also added a class called Be Fit for beginners. The class is perfect for those who aren’t comfortable in the water.
If you love to workout, Kelly has several exciting new programs for Club members. In the month of February members can sign up to participate in Shorewood’s Winter Olympics. In the coming months, she has a few other programs she is finalizing. Kelly is also collaborating with other fitness experts in Rochester.
The Club is a great place to go when you need motivation or encouragement. There are a variety of different ways to stay fit and Kelly’s advice is to start small and don’t give up.
Kristina Wobig is the Wellness Coordinator at The Club, and she has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in sports management. While in college she also obtained her personal training certification along with first aid/CPR/AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and a lifeguard certification.
After college, Kristina received her certification in CrossFit and started working at a CrossFit studio in Rochester. She joined Shorewood in February 2017 and feels it was an excellent decision. She has a passion for working with seniors and loves the relationships she has built with The Club members.
Teaching the Posture and Balance class is Kristina’s favorite class to teach. She tries to offer new workouts each week to keep the class fun and exciting. “My favorite exercise is to have participants sit in a chair with a cup sitting on the floor in front of them. I have them lift their toes up and over the cup and touch the floor on the other side. This exercise is great for strengthening the core and the legs,” she said.
Kristina is always cheerful, fun and active. She takes time to know each resident’s name and pays close attention to any injuries they may have. If a resident has an injury she is quick to let them know which exercises to avoid and gives them a modification to protect those injuries. She is also teaching residents more about the different muscles they are working with each exercise. Kristina chuckled when she said, “one of the residents tells me I am dropping knowledge bombs when I refer to different muscle groups.”
“I believe if you don’t use it, you lose it,” she said. Because of this adage, Kristina proposed adding a strength class to the calendar. Strength training can reduce arthritis, and it helps people function. “It’s important to build leg muscles which is why I have residents do squats and an exercise called sit to stand. These are great exercises to keep legs powerful enough to rise from the seated position.”
Her advice is to begin a workout regimen slowly and don’t be afraid. “Everyone has a different starting point. I can help a person build from the basics and become stronger and more confident in the process,” she said.
The Club at Shorewood is open to anyone age 55+ in the community. For more information on The Club at Shorewood call 507-536-3221 or visit The Club at Shorewood. Click on the this link if you would like to view a brief video tour of The Club at Shorewood.