Workshop offers training for StrongPeople exercise class

A woman in workout clothes lifts hand weights at the front of a classroom while teaching an exercise program
Photo by Julie Stricker
Cooperative Extension Service agent Leslie Shallcross leads a StrongPeople class in Fairbanks. People who would like to lead this popular exercise class around the state can get certified at a workshop in April.

A popular exercise program for midlife and older adults is looking for people to lead classes in Alaska communities. 

A workshop sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service  will train prospective community leaders in all aspects of leading StrongPeople/StrongBodies, an effective and safe resistance exercise program for midlife or older adults. Research shows that these exercises can improve bone density, muscle strength, balance and mobility.

Individuals who wish to become leaders should be knowledgeable about health and fitness, lifting weights and using dumbbells. Experience as an exercise instructor and an educational background in health or exercise are desirable.

Trainees should be aware that this program may only be delivered in nonprofit settings.

The class is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, April 5, at the Matanuska Experiment Station and Extension Center, 1509 S. Georgeson Drive, Palmer. Register at by April 1. The cost is $225. 

Lunch, water, coffee, tea, light snacks and the StrongPeople/StrongBodies program tool kit will be provided. Trainees should come prepared to exercise and also to practice instructing others in program exercises.  

Contact Leslie Shallcross at 907-474-2426 or or Julie Cascio at 907-745-3677 or for more information about workshop eligibility, accommodations or other details.