couple at the gymVitality is a programme of exercise classes that supports participants to exercise at a level suitable to their abilities.

Classes are designed to help build and maintain:                          

  • Strength
  • Co-ordination
  • Endurance
  • Flexibility

Vitality classes are suitable for people with different physical abilities and medical conditions including Stroke, Heart conditions, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and breathing difficulties but to name a few.

All vitality classes are led by highly trained and experienced instructors and are held in your local leisure centre, the Meadow Centre, Dumbarton, Vale Pool, Alexandria and Clydebank Leisure Centre, Clydebank.  These instructors will be able to advise you on what class is suitable to you.

View the Vitality leaflet which has details of which leisure centre classes are being held and the day and time when each class is on.

There are 4 different types of Vitality classes

Level 1: Strength and Balance Class

This class is designed for people who can walk slowly and may have limited standing balance and require mobility aids.  It is also suitable for people with breathing difficulties.    The strength and balance class is based around a chair so that participants can use the chair for support when doing the exercises.  Alternatively some exercises can be performed seated if you prefer

Level 2: Strength and Balance Circuit

This class is appropriate for people who are mobile (with or without a mobility aid) but may have difficulty with movement and daily activities.  It is also suitable for people with breathing difficulties.

Being circuit based, the main part of the class involves moving around a room and doing an exercise for a short period of time before moving a short distance to do another exercise.  It is important that participants can move independently (with or without a mobility aid) to the next exercise station however a chair can be used for support when doing the exercises.

Level 3:  Step in Circuit

This circuit class is suitable for participants with independent mobility (with or without a mobility aid) but may have some difficulty doing daily activities.

Level 4:  Step Up Circuit

This circuit class is designed for those who are mobile (without an aid) and who have minimal difficulty doing daily activities

For your first class it is essential that you

  • bring any medication you may need whilst exercising, you may not be allowed to take part in the class if you do not have it with you
  • Bring along any information sheets that you have completed during an appointment with your health care professional/alternatively complete the participant’s screening form attached to the vitality leaflet. You may not be able to participate in the class if you don’t bring it with you.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the class starts so you can go over your forms with the instructor
  • You may want to bring water with you for the class.