Community strength training class offered by Extension Office

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BERRYVILLE -- If you want to boost metabolism, increase your energy level and stop bone loss that leads to osteoporosis, this could be the exercise program for you.

The Carroll County Office of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is offering a strength training program called StrongWomen & Men on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at Freeman Heights Baptist Church in Berryville. The program begins with an orientation session, set for March 3 at 9:30, in the church fellowship hall.

Research has proven time and again the magic of strength training for weight loss. If you ever say to yourself, "I know I should exercise, but I just don't have the energy," if you notice fat where there used to be muscle, or if you feel older than you'd like, it's time to give strength training a try.

This strength training program was developed by Miriam Nelson, PhD, director of the Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Tufts University. The program is based upon years of research on how strength training and proper nutrition improve the health of people of all ages. Program results showed that strength training improves bone density, reduces falls, improves arthritis symptoms and increases flexibility and strength.

You will be led through one hour of simple strength exercises using free weights. The class will be instructed by Leadra Martin, county extension agent and trained StrongWomen & Men program leader.

If you have never lifted weights before, this program allows you to work at your own pace, get stronger and trim and tighten. The program is appropriate for those who are sedentary and the very active. You will need to bring a set of dumbbells, ankle weights and a bottle of water with you to the sessions. Sessions last approximately one hour.

There is a $12 fee for the 12-week class. For more information on this program call the Extension Office at 870-423-2958 or email

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its program to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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