COTA NSW Strength for Life - participant

Exercise program to improve strength, balance and mobility

                    Strength for Life - Classes 

Strength for Life is a progressive training program designed to improve your strength and fitness. Normally, you attend classes held in a local gym, council facility or community centre and gradually increase the level of work you do to develop your strength. The charge for the classes is very reasonable.

It doesn't matter if you are unfit, or you have never done an exercise class before. You will have an individual program but will take part in a class that is designed for people of all levels of ability. Among other things, this gives you the opportunity to socialise with likeminded people!

The trainers are all qualified exercise professionals who have undertaken a special program to be accredited with Strength for Life. They have a good understanding of the needs of older people and will create a friendly environment that you will feel comfortable in.

Online classes

Physical classes are currently suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, some of the trainers are now providing online classes. And you can participate in these from anywhere in the state! 

New participants must have an online assessment before they join a class. Some classes are run by physiotherapists or exercise physiologists, - these are known as Tier 1 providers. They are trained to work with people who have chronic health conditions or injuries (as well as other people).  

With these professionals, the assessment costs a maximum of $85, which includes your individual exercise program. If you have a chronic condition, you can get Medicare funding for this under Telehealth (you will need a referral from your doctor). Classes then cost a maximum of $15.

Tier 1 providers are: 

Other classes are run by personal trainers - they are known as Tier 2 providers. In this case the initial assessment costs a maximum of $60, including your exercise program, and classes cost a maximum of $10. 

Tier 2 providers are:

New participants must complete an enrolment form before your assessment.

If you answered yes to any of the six questions on the enrolment form, you will need to get medical clearance from your doctor.

The following providers are supporting their existing participants online and/or with home exercise programs:

Classes not currently operating

To be launched when the situation improves

  • Armidale
  • Harrington: Toni Gore , 0423 059 839 or
  • Penrith
  • Scone
  • Uralla

You can also complete the sign up form below and we will let you know about future classes. If you have ideas for possible venues or instructors, please contact the Strength for Life Coordinator on 9286 3860 or 1800 449 102.

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