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Published on July 14, 2020

Lucille Welbig with trainer

Hit Your Fitness Goals at Any Age

As an active woman in her 70s, Sr. Lucille Welbig appreciated the benefits of exercise throughout her life. A breast cancer survivor as well, fitness has proved to be an even more valuable part of her life. Walking, her favorite exercise, has always given this self-proclaimed introvert the reflective time she needs to feel rejuvenated and ready to address system-level decisions at Avera.

However, when she attended the ribbon cutting for the Sioux Falls’ Avera Human Performance Center in the fall of 2019, she encountered a new type of challenge.

“I was talked into trying AR-FIT,” said Sr. Lucille. With the close proximity of the Avera Human Performance Center to her home, she decided to give it a try.

Designed for all ages, AR-FIT supports anyone’s goals to improve strength and conditioning. Participants discover different parts of their health being honed, such as their agility, flexibility, strength and stamina.

AR-FIT doesn’t cram dozens of people into a studio, but rather the classes are limited to 10 people at a time. “I’m not a competitive person, but instead felt encouraged by other participants working out alongside me,” said Sr. Lucille.

Lucille Welbig and trainerLucille Welbig and trainer

Each AR-FIT session focuses on total body strength, endurance, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning. Sessions are offered in a circuit training environment with exercises paired with rest intervals. All exercises can be tailored to anyone’s experience level, just as Sr. Lucille experienced.

Classes utilize a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowers, free weights, medicine balls, resistance bands, TRX systems, and strength machines. AR-FIT sessions are available year round and the Avera Human Performance Center also offers four 9-week AR-FIT challenges throughout the year.

For Sr. Lucille, she appreciated the intimacy of a small class size, the accountability of a scheduled workout, and personalization to help you reach your goal. She added, “My balance benefited the most from participating in AR-FIT.”

One Location for All Fitness Enthusiasts

The Avera Human Performance Center is found on the Avera on Louise Health Campus located in southwest Sioux Falls. Not only does the performance center offer programs for the serious athlete, but serves anyone focused on improving their overall wellness.

A number of membership packages are available: 1 month, 2 month, 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month. Or, you can choose a 10-punch pass that’s good for the whole year.

Members have access to state-of-the-art gym equipment and training room, where you can rest, talk to an athletic trainer, or receive tape or ice post-workout.

Get connected with the Avera Human Performance Center by calling 605-504-2472.

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