JCC will be CLOSED on Labor Day, September 7, 2020

PLUS: Debbie Grossman’s fitness classes will be “virtual only” September 1- 4.

All fitness classes will be virtual on Thursday, September 3.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Fitness Class Schedule


* 9 AM – Chair Tai Chi – Doreen Rakowski

* 10:30 AM – Senior Fit – Debbie Grossman

* 11:30 AM – 12 noon – All Stretch – Debbie Grossman

12 PM – Parkinson’s Exercise – Debbie Grossman


7 AM – Cardio Rounds – Terri Besecker

9 AM – Abs Class – Doreen Rakowski

10 AM – Strong & Nimble – Debbie Grossman

* 11 AM – Dance for Parkinson’s – Linn McDonald

1 PM – On the Ball – Doreen Rakowski

5:30 PM – Yoga You Can Do – Theresa Novak – “Zoom class only”


* 9 AM – Chair Yoga – Doreen Rakowski

* 10:30 AM – Balance & Core – Debbie Grossman

4:30 PM – Full Body Core – Terri Besecker


9 AM – BOOM Muscle – Doreen Rakowski

* 10 AM – Strong & Nimble – Debbie Grossman

* 11 AM – Parkinson’s Exercise – Debbie Grossman

1 PM – Fusion Fun – Doreen Rakowski

5:30 PM – Yoga You Can Do – Theresa Novak – “Zoom class only”


7 AM – Cardio Rounds – Terri Besecker

* 9 AM – Silver Sneakers – Doreen Rakowski

* 10 – 10:30 AM – Balance Class – Debbie Grossman

* 10:30 AM – All Stretch – Debbie Grossman

* On-site and on Facebook live EXCEPT for 8/25-28 No classes on site during those four days
* The asterisk indicates classes that will be taught live at the Friedman JCC as well as being taught virtually on Facebook. All other classes are taught only on line or as indicated.
Parkinson’s programs are offered in conjunction with the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania and through a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation.
“Yoga You Can Do” Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 PM with Theresa Novak
Zoom link needed to join Yoga You Can Do.: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9424778276
Password ID# 942 477 8276. Have a mat ready for the class.

Get in Shape, Stay in Shape, Keep Moving

Once we re-open, these are just a few of the classes we have to offer:

Nordick Walking | Friedman JCC

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is a workout that, when done properly, exercises 80 percent of your muscles. It’s low impact by nature, it’s fun to do, and it keeps you outdoors, making it an ideal form of exercise for anyone from out-of-season skiers to those recovering from injuries. This form of exercise originated in Finland, and it has long been popular throughout Scandinavia and the U.K. Often used for cross-country ski training in the off-season, Nordic pole walking is now popular with people all over the world as a simple-yet-effective form of exercise.

Instructor: Doreen Rakowski

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Tai Chi | Friedman JCC

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an art embracing the mind, body and spirit – Originating in ancient China, tai chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey.

Instructor: Doreen Rakowski

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Silver Sneakers | Friedman JCC

Silver Sneakers

Silver Sneakers is a low impact training suitable for all fitness levels. Designed to increase muscle strength, range of movement and improve activities for daily living. A chair can be used seated exercises and for standing support. Classes can be modified depending on the level of the fitness group.

Instructor: Doreen Rakowski

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Chair Yoga | Friedman JCC

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga is a great way for older adults to get the wonderful health benefits of yoga. Staying seated means that seniors or those who aren’t flexible can safely do the exercises. Chair Yoga is an excellent way for older adults to loosen and stretch painful muscles, reduce stress, and improve circulation. It also reduces anxiety, helps lower blood pressure, protects joints, and builds strength and balance.

Instructor: Doreen Rakowski

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Belly Dancing | Friedman JCC

Belly Dancing

Belly Dance is one of the most beautiful and exciting forms of self-expression. It is empowering, motivating, and fun. The typical Belly Dance routine consists of several different parts offering a complete glimpse into the dancer’s soul. This class will help you burn calories, limber up, and energize your body with this ageless art.

Instructor: Doreen Rakowski

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Abs Class | Friedman JCC

Abs Class

Our abs class will develop and strengthen your core and may aid with weight loss if attended regularly. This class also incorporates Pilates and traditional abdominal exercises to give you those awesome abs you always wanted.

Instructor: Doreen Rakowski

Senior Fitness | Friedman JCC

Barre Class

A challenging class concentrating on using your glutes and lower body muscle by using the Ballet-barre, self Pilates balls, and mat work. This class will also focus on low impact, high intensity movements designated to strengthen and tone your body.

Instructor: Debbie Grossman

Strong and Nimble | Friedman JCC

Strong and Nimble

In our Strong & Nimble classes, we will be incorporating strength and stretching movements using free weights, straps, body bars and mats. It is a full body workout with various stretching techniques throughout the routine. This class may require some floor work.

Instructor: Debbie Grossman

Top To Bottom | Friedman JCC

Top to Bottom

Class starts with warm up exercises such a hand exercises, shoulder rolls, arm circles, waist bends, ankle turns, leg bends, kicking motions, and stretches. Chairs are included for exercises during this class.

Instructor: Lolly Mertz

ripped | Friedman JCC


Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Don’t forget the core! All fitness levels are welcome to this One Stop Body Shock. We will use hand weights or body weight, and a mat.

Instructor: Terri Besecker

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Zumba is a program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training alternating fast and slow rhythms to help improve cardiovascular fitness.

Instructor: Natalia Carpenter

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Cardio Kick Boxing | Friedman JCC

Cardio Kickboxing

Cardio kickboxing that combines MMA techniques with fast paced cardio.  All ages welcome!

Instructor: Denise Cunningham

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Zumba | Friedman JCC

Body Strong

All ages – Youth and Adult

Full body workout utilizing your body weight to build strength, endurance, cardio, & flexibility. (No Weights)

Instructor: Denise Cunningham

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The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. Most sessions typically include breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures (sometimes called asana or poses) that stretch and flex various muscle groups.

Instructor: Colleen Walsh

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