Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Brock-Niagara Centre for Health & Well-Being

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Membership Information

1. Who can become a member?

Men and women 55 years of age and older are eligible for the seniors program.

2. Do I need to make an appointment to join?

No. Once you have all your forms completed, you can bring them with you anytime and start right away.

3. When are you open?

We are open Monday to Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00noon, and Monday to Friday from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. We are open year round.

4. When can I start?

You can start at any time. Once you complete the required forms, we are here when you are ready to begin.

5. Where are you located?

The SeniorFit Program is part of the Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being, at the Brock Research and Innovation Centre at 130 Lockhart Drive in St. Catharines. We are located at the base of the escarpment, just below Brock University’s main campus.

6. Is there parking?

We have plenty of free parking located right next to the centre.

7. What is the cost?

The cost for a membership is $400 per year, or $33.33 per month. For a spouse or other family member, the cost is $300 per year, or $25 per month.

8. How can I pay for my membership?

We can accept cash or cheque (payable to Brock University) for your memberships.

9. What if I go on vacation?

That’s no problem. We ask that you let us know if you will be away for an extended period, but you can return at any time. We can also put your membership on hold if you are away for an extended period of time.

Our Exercise Program

10. How many times per week can I workout?

You can come in as often as you want and stay for as long as you want. As long as we are open, you are welcome.

11. Do I have to attend at a specific time?

No. You can come in whenever it is convenient for you.

12. I walk every day. Isn’t that enough?

It’s great that you are physically active, and you should keep it up. But, most experts recommend that you should also do different kinds of exercise, such as strength training, balance training, and stretching. These other types of exercise can help you reduce your risk for diseases such as osteoporosis, they can help reduce your risk of falls, and they can improve your mobility and ability to do everyday activities.

13. Is there anyone at the gym who can help me?

Our program is staffed by 2-5 trained Kinesiology students at all times. They are in the 3rd and 4th years of their degree. Their degree includes courses in anatomy and physiology, exercise training and prescription, psychology, and working with special populations. Many of our students are intending to begin careers as physiotherapists, kinesiologists, teachers, or other jobs in health and education. Students have CPR/first aid training.

14. What is the facility like?

Our facility is on the ground floor, so it’s easily accessible for everyone. We have a change room and accessible showers and washrooms.

15. What kind of exercise do you offer?

Our program follows the Canada Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults. We encourage everyone to participate in cardiovascular activity, strength training, balance training, and stretching. Everyone can work at his or her own pace.

16. What makes you different than other gyms?

There are several things that make our program unique. First, all our members are 55 years or older – so you can be comfortable exercising with your peers. Second, we have trained students available at all times to make sure you are safe in all your exercises. Third, we make sure that your program is up-to-date, and can change it whenever appropriate. Finally, we also have a strong focus on balance activities.

17. What if I’ve never exercised?

That’s not a problem. Many of our members never exercised before they started with us. We have students available all the time to help teach you everything you need to know to begin your exercise program. And they are always there to help you at any time to make sure you are safe.

18. I’ve never exercised at a gym before. What can I expect?

Like most gyms, we have a variety of equipment for you to use. You are welcome to use any or all of the equipment when you come to work out. You will get your own logbook that outlines your personal exercise program and a student will walk you through each of the exercises to make sure you can do them properly and comfortably. After your first visit, students will be there to adapt your program as needed, answer any questions you have, and make sure you are using proper technique for every exercise.

19. What if I have some health concerns?

We know that as we age, we are likely to develop some health conditions. That’s okay. Almost everyone with any health condition can benefit from exercise. What we can do is adapt the program to ensure that it is safe and effective for you.

More Information

20. Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any questions about the seniors program, you can contact the Program Director, Dr. Kimberley Gammage, at kgammage@brocku.ca or 905-688-5550 extension 3772.