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Jewish Community Center

Adult Fitness Programs

Intro to Mindfulness & Meditation

Adults. The six-week course is designed to inform participants of the purpose, methods and benefits of mindfulness and meditative practices. Sessions may involve breathing practice, mental imagery, awareness of body and mind, and/or muscle and body relaxation. You will be taught to pay more attention to whatever you are experiencing in the here and now, and how your body is reacting. This may include your emotions, thoughts and other sensations. We’ll provide you with just enough for your mind to focus on so it can quiet down and avoid the distractions of the daily enduring chatter. Benefits, some long-term, may include:

  • lowering levels of stress and anxiety
  • improve your attention
  • better sleep patterns
  • making progress towards longer-term goals
  • reduce or remove temporary negative feelings
  • manage chronic pain
  • and more

Participants will be encouraged to take the teachings and apply them to their own practices, with the goal of each individual to develop a daily practice. Ultimately, this can enhance a greater sense of personal peace and a better understanding of our daily lives. Instructor is personal trainer John Slay.

Contact: Bernie Suddarth, 314.442.3452
Staenberg Family Complex/Creve Coeur (Arts & Education Building Lobby)
Thursdays, September 26 – November 7 (no class on October 24)

This intro series is offered for free to J members.

Mobility Express: Flexibility Training

Mobility and flexibility is a critical component of physical performance and is equally important for your overall health. Simply “stretching” may not be enough or as effective as the techniques trainers can offer. In a series of 15-minute sessions, our trainers employ a variety of partner-assisted stretching and foam rolling techniques to maximize your results.

Benefits may include:

  • Reduced arthritic symptoms
  • Improved physical performance
  • Improved posture and range of motion
  • Decreased deterioration of joints
  • Reduced risk of pain (low back, joints, muscles)
  • Improved muscle coordination and overall movement

Express Mobility is purchased in bundles of four, 15-minute sessions.
$60 (package of 4 sessions)


Jason Davis, 314-442-3176 (Creve Coeur/SFC)
Andy Hayes, 314-442-3147 (Chesterfield/Fox)

Try the Tri – Indoor Triathlon Training

Let our professional personal trainers guide you in a small group setting as you train for the J’s own Indoor Triathlon (Feb. 9-10), helping you achieve the goals of getting faster, stronger and staying injury free throughout the process. We welcome all, from new to experienced triathletes. Avoid the pitfalls of training by making sure the muscles used for each segment – swim, bike and run – stay strong and flexible using tools such as bands, foam rollers, weights, BAPs boards & more. This program does not include time in the pool.

Marilyn Fox Building/Chesterfield
By appointment; two times per week
$125 for four weeks
Begins the week of January 14

Contact: Andy Hayes, 314.442.3147