Fitness Class Descriptions

Aerobic/Step Class

This class is a combination of floor aerobics and step aerobics along with strength training and stretching. You will use weights, balls, bands, gliders, bars and your own body weight for core and extremity strengthening.   

Great stress is put on stretching for 15 minutes of each class. You will need to bring a mat, band, small ball and yoga strap for stretching. Using a step in not required.

Balance & Tone

After an aerobic warm-up, various standing balance exercises are performed and are designed to help us become stronger and more balanced in order to prevent falls. The muscle toning and strengthening portion of the class follows and utilizes a small rubber ball and/or our own body weight. Emphasis is on correct form and modifying the exercises for each fitness level. The class ends with full body stretching. Equipment Needed: An exercise mat and a small rubber ball approximately 24” in circumference. 

Ball Fitness

This class is a great way to become flexible, develop strength and endurance plus tone your body. In addition, you will be focusing on better coordination through balance and stability. This class will use a fitness ball, exercise bands, free weights and mat for floor exercises. All fitness levels welcome. You will need: an exercise ball (large), resistance band, and a mat. 

Bodies in Motion

A gentle total body conditioning class utilizing ball, weights, bands and more! This class is great for those challenged with arthritis, joint replacement, and/or limited range of motion. Equipment needed: Braided SPRI exercise resistance band, ankle weights, 8-10 inch ball that you can hold and bounce and water. 

Core and More 

This non-traditional core class is a circuit class which will take you through a series of exercises that will strengthen your abs, shoulders, arms, hamstrings, hips, glutes and thoracic spine for the ultimate in core strength and spinal stability. Our lifestyles (and gravity) tend to encourage postural changes and con produce pain, injury and dysfunction in the hip, shoulders and low back. Learn how to strengthen and stretch the proper muscles to correct the dysfunction and ultimately allow you to live pain free. This is unlike any core class you have ever taken and is geared toward all fitness levels. 

Ballet Barre

This class is by invitation with a prerequisite of previous ballet training. This class focuses on the techniques of ballet with barre work, center of the floor and traveling across the floor movements. A combination of Russian, Italian (Cecchetti), Balanchine and modern day ballet methods are taught in this class. Interested residents may call the instructor for more information and for comfort level are encouraged to sit in on a class to observe the technical level of the class while assessing their own followed by a dialogue with the instructor.


This is a unique program that rapidly changes the shape of your body through a dynamic and fluid combination of strengthening and stretching. This workout develops lean, strong and flexible muscles with immediate changes to your posture. With a diverse music playlist accompanying each routine, this equipment free workout leaves you feeling energized, positive and healthy. Who is ESSENTRICS® for? This class is for anyone at any fitness level. Whether you want to tone your body, relieve pain, increase energy, improve your athletic performance, co-ordination, body awareness, flexibility or posture, this workout will target what you need. Please bring a yoga mat. (Class maximum of 35)

Free Weight Class

Build strength, add definition, increase bone density and decrease body fat by INCREASING lean muscle. Research has proven that by adding lean muscle to the body you can speed up your metabolism and burn more calories working out and at rest. 

Use hand held dumbbells, resistance bands and your own bodyweight to change the shape of your body - no muscle gets neglected! Items needed for this class include hand-held weights, a resistance band with handles and a mat for floor exercises.

Jazz Dance

This class is by invitation with a prerequisite of previous modern dance, or ballet training. This class focuses on the techniques of modern dance with extensive work sitting on the floor, standing center of the floor and traveling across the floor. A combination of several techniques formulated by modern dance pioneers including Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Valerie Bettis are taught. Interested residents may call the instructor for more information and for comfort level are encouraged to sit in on a class to observe the technical level of the class while assessing their own followed by a dialogue with the instructor.  

Line Dancing

Line dancing is an enjoyable social activity and its good exercise for the mind and body. You don't need a partner to line dance, but lots of the dances can be partnered if you have a partner. 

Line dances are made of steps that are combined to make the dances. We teach dances and also how to dance. Whether you are a brand new beginner or one who has line danced before, we welcome you to our class. We have been teaching line dance for many years and can teach all levels from new beginner through intermediate.

We teach to a variety of music from country to pop, Latin, and others. We teach waltzes, cha chas, slow and fast dances. There is something for everyone. We help everyone to be the best dancer they can be, and have fun while doing it. Instructor Tony Wilson, 520-297-7295,

Meditation – "Be Here Now" Meditation Practice

The fast pace of our lives diverts us from spending moments in silence and stillness. Moments spent in meditation reduce stress and center us in peace. Please join us discover the benefits of meditation and to adapt this practice to your lifestyle. The sessions will explore the various kinds of meditation, breath work, adapting to silence and meditation practice.

Take the time to be with your best friend... you. Please call Camille Sensale with any questions  at 520-579-7529. Bring a mat. Chairs will be provided if you have difficulty sitting on a mat.

Motion is Lotion 

This class is open to everyone but will specialize in exercises for members with neurological disorders. Instructor Richard Chohon’s class will provide big movement, balance and core strengthening exercises. No equipment needed. 

Tai Chi – Healing Movement and Chi Fitness 

Relieve Pain Using The Right Kind Of Movement 

If you’re in pain and want to keep moving, Healing Movements Instructor, Joe Pinella, offers three classes at The Highlands that help to do just that. 

It can be a real challenge to stay active while facing issues like chronic pain, arthritis, Parkinson’s, surgeries, injuries and heart disease. At this age, we all have some kind of accumulated damage from injuries, illnesses and long periods of inactivity over a lifetime. 

Joe personally knows what it takes to repair the body and then get really fit. Joe worked his way back after being paralyzed from the neck down following a broken neck and back. He used Chi Gong (the medical ancestor of Tai Chi), which he learned as a youngster in New York City. This experience gives Joe a unique perspective on teaching fitness to people over 55. 

Joe’s program, Healing Movements System is based on his own recovery. “Healing Movements System” restores basic functional movement skills: like the ability to get up easily from a chair, bending down to use the bottom drawer in your refrigerator, walking without fear of falling, all while relieving pain and stiffness. 

“Chi Fitness!” takes it a step further by strengthening and re-conditioning the whole body: without the damage often caused by more vigorous sports and activities. 

Schedule of Classes: 

Saturdays 10-10:50am Healing Movements System 

Mondays: 10-10:50am Chi Fitness!

Wednesdays: 10-10:50am Chi Fitness!

Total Body Blast

Blast your cardio fitness to the next level! This class provides the variety your body needs to see results combining fun cardio routines with muscle conditioning exercises that change from week to week. This is a great time to enjoy the music and feel the burn!


Gentle Yoga (Beginners Yoga)

Yoga is an ancient practice that unites body, mind, and spirit. This union happens when there is an emphasis on meditation, breathing, stretching and the practicing of the asanas (postures).

Mixed Level Yoga Vinyasa Yoga / Mixed Level 

Postures are held longer and often in yoga flows. 

Eclectic Yoga

"Eclectic" yoga focuses on promoting mindfulness, breath, balance, flexibility, strength, and having FUN! Asanas (poses) and vinyasas (pose flows) are done with and without props, which include blocks, a blanket, and a strap. The walls and chairs are also used as needed. The goal is to help the "yogis and yoginis" at all levels in their practice execute the poses to the best of their ability and reduce the chance of injury. While Eclectic yoga is not "Laughter" yoga, we do have fun and laugh a lot in this health-promoting class. 


Zumba© is a fusion of Latin and International music/dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, and based on the principle that a workout should be “FUN AND EASY TO DO.” The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Zumba is a “fee-happy” workout that is great for both the body and the mind.