Sports & Fitness

Fitness at Evergreen Commons provides members age 50+ with a comfortable and friendly environment to achieve their fitness goals while focusing on whole person wellness. We offer a complete line of strength and cardiovascular machines, a combination of land and aquatic classes, programming that promotes healthy aging, and personal training for persons desiring a uniquely designed fitness program.


Facility Features

  • State-of-the-art fitness center complete with a full line of cardio and strength equipment

  • Salt sanitized 87 degree therapy pool for water exercise and lap swimming

  • Large whirlpool hot tub for relaxing and massaging achy muscles and joints

  • Full service locker rooms


Fitness Packages

Evergreen Commons offers many fitness package options to meet the needs of our active members. Below is a description of what each package offers.

*A general membership ($50 annually) is required to purchase our Basic or Premium Fitness Packages as well as a Day Pass. We do offer non-member/guest day passes for $12.  **There is no general membership requirement for those with the Silver & Fit benefit.

*A general membership ($50 annually) is required to purchase our Basic or Premium Fitness Packages as well as a Day Pass. We do offer non-member/guest day passes for $12.

**There is no general membership requirement for those with the Silver & Fit benefit.

Please contact our Member Guest Services desk with questions regarding fitness packages and membership.

GUEST, & OTHER FEES

We welcome guests to stay active while visiting or wishing to try out our fitness facilities at Evergreen Commons. The following fee applies for one day use of the fitness center and pool during open swim/lap and fitness classes. (must be 50 years or older to purchase)

  • $12.00 for guests/non-members

  • $1.00 Towel Service Fee

 


Silver & Fit Package

For those with the Silver & Fit benefit package included in their health insurance plan.

  • Membership at Evergreen Commons

  • Unlimited use of the fitness center and pool (during open swim/lap)

Programming that promotes healthy aging

Our goal is to help our members stay healthy and active with programming that will:

  • Improve flexibility
  • Promote better balance
  • Build a stronger body
  • Improve brain function
     

By offering safe, fun, innovative exercise options, we hope to improve the quality of our members' everyday lives. We strive to meet the needs of exercisers from the beginner to the competitive athlete. Many of our programs address some of the issues that we face as we age. From arthritis to diabetes, heart health to balance, we are here to help. 

*Please note that our fitness programs have start and end dates. Because our fitness programs progress from class to class, you must sign up for the program at the start date, or wait for the next time it is offered to participate. Current programs being offered can be found in this month's issue of The Courier. 


Program Offerings

Following are just some of the many activities offered as part of our fitness programming: (please refer to the monthly Courier for current offerings)

  • Aqua Barre
  • Better Bones
  • Couch to 5K
  • Diabetes PATH
  • Feldenkrais
  • Fit & Strong
  • Hula Hoop
  • Meditation
  • Matter of Balance; Overcome the fear of falling
  • Mindful Eating
  • Tai Chi
  • Balance Improvement Series

Group Fitness Class Descriptions

Whether you're looking for the challenge of Body Flex, the fun of Z-Gold, or the serenity and relaxation of Yoga, we have a class that will suit your fitness goals. For a complete listing of our fitness class offerings, please check our Group Fitness Class Schedule

Please note that our group fitness classes are ongoing and do not have a start and end date. Depending on  your fitness package, you can drop-in to any one of our classes. 


Class Guidelines

To help you determine if a class is right for you, please refer to the following guidelines:

  1. Easy. Mild intensity, designed for those just getting started in a fitness program. A chair is often used as an aid for balance and support. 
  2. Moderate. The cardio classes will be faster-paced with more involved choreography. One should be able to get down on the floor with relative ease.
  3. Challenging. Format and intensity of the class is designed for the more advanced exerciser.

Spin

Spin or indoor cycling is a workout where you ride to the rhythm of powerful music. An indoor cycling class set to exciting music tracks and choreographed to provide an excellent workout and improve cardiovascular conditioning. Spinning is an athletic training program designed to provide all levels of students with a fun, safe and challenging workout. We offer classes ideal for the beginner to the more advanced exerciser. Don't forget your towel and water.


Cardio 

Joining a cardio/aerobic fitness class can be a great way to maintain and improve your health. Staying physically active can help you stay strong and fit enough to keep doing the things you like to do.


Strength

Strength training is just what our bodies need to fight the loss of mass and strength. A regular program of strengthening, combined with aerobic exercise, can help reduce or prevent many functional declines associated with growing older. Strength training involves briefly working your muscles, on a regular basis. Your muscles, tendons, and ligaments will become stronger and more toned allowing you to grow more stable and less prone to injury. Everyday tasks will also become easier, such as picking up grocery bags or grandchildren.


Class Offerings

Following are just some of the many activities offered as part of our group fitness classes: (please refer to our Calendar for current offerings)

  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Class
  • Cardio Core
  • Enhance Fitness
  • Parkinson's Exercise Class
  • Pilates
  • Spinning
  • Water Aerobics
  • Yoga
  • Zumba Gold

Group Fitness Class Schedule

Click schedule to enlarge, or download a version of our group fitness class schedule here (PDF Download)

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is more than just relaxing "me-time". Studies continue to prove the physical, and emotional benefits of massage to increase circulation, enhance immune system, promote nervous functioning system, reduce blood pressure, relieve pain and muscle tension, and improve mood.

Massage Therapist, Erin Barrios is available by appointment Fridays at Evergreen Commons. Please stop by the Fitness Desk to make an appointment or call 616-355-5145.

 

Parkinson's Programming

We want to help People with Parkinson's Disease Live Better Today by offering programming that specializes in just that.

Pedaling for Parkinson's

There is new hope for those diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease (PD). Dr. Alberts with Cleveland Clinic, a bio-medical engineer and avid cyclist, has done studies on "rapid leg movement". He found that there was a 35% decrease in PD symptoms when a specific protocol was followed. Gait, balance, tremors and rigidity improved. Also, the participants in the studies saw an improvement in energy, stamina and cognitive function.

The Person with Parkinson's (PwP) follows a specific exercise regimen on a stationary bike or a tandem bike with a co-rider (captain) who helps maintain the required pedaling speed, intensity, and duration.

It is important to note that this exercise regimen is not a cure, but provides the PwP a significant reduction in their symptoms. For more information on the program, fees, how to get started and/or how to volunteer to become a "captain", please contact Marcie Gove, Fitness & Aquatics Manager via email or 616-355-5127

Moving with parkinson's class

This is a 45 minutes class for those with Parkinson’s or other neurological challenges. Led by Attila Mosolygo, Grand Rapids Ballet School Director, with a chair for support and set to live piano music, you will express movement in creative and fun ways. See the current issue of The Courier for days and times offered. 

Pedaling for parkinson's spin class

This is a one hour class designed for those diagnosed with Parkinson's. You will receive the same benefits as you do on the tandem bike. See one of the fitness staff regarding your ability to take the class and the current issue of The Courier for days and times offered. 

Balance & stretch for parkinson's

This 55 min. class is designed exclusively for those dealing with Parkinson's. The exercises will help increase balance and flexibility and strengthen your voice. Meets Monday's & Wednesday's at 10:15 am

parkinson's exercise class

This 60 min. class will use the support of a chair to perform seated and standing exercises-designed for those with Parkinson's or neurological challenges. Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:30 am

movement matters

This 45 min. ongoing class for People with Parkinson's that have "graduated" from the LSVT BIG Therapy program. The class will focus on maximal daily exercises and functional movements in a group setting. Participants will receive support and encouragement from peers as well as supervision by a trained professional. Meets Wednesdays at 9:00 am

parkinson's support group

This is a 1 hour support group which will feature a different topic and speaker each month. The support group is free and open to the public, please see the current issue of The Courier for the current months details. (April will not have a support group due to our Parkinson’s Partners in Motion week)

Personal Training

 

Gain the strength and balance you need for the life you deserve!

Tired of not achieving your fitness goals? Try a personal trainer! Kevin, Erin and Marcie can help you renew your fitness regimen, focusing on YOUR strengths. New to exercise? Our personal trainers will get you started with the correct exercise program for YOU. 

Whether you need focused attention on weight loss, overcoming workout boredom, injury rehabilitation, or just simply maintaining or improving your health, our personal training programs are ideal because they will be designed specifically for YOU!

For more information on One-On-One Training or Small Group Training, please contact Amy Vande Poel at 616-355-5114.


The Commons Personal Trainers are specially trained and certified by the National Posture Institute. They have the tools and expertise to help you improve your posture with a specially designed program specific to your needs that includes assessments for fitness, posture, balance and flexibility for $25.

 Brochure (PDF Download)

 

 

What is Pickleball, you ask?

The game is played with an over-sized ping-pong paddle, baseball wiffle ball - played on a badminton sized court with a tennis type net. It's a paddle sport for all ages and all athletic ability levels. It has very simple rules and is easy to learn and to play.


interested in trying out pickleball for the first time? contact erin Aardema, at 616-355-5129 to schedule a free trial.


Schedule

Schedules occasionally change due to special events. Please see The Courier to confirm the current months schedule.

Monday

12:15- 1:00 pm Beginning-Novice Play

1:00- 2:00 pm Beginning-Novice Play (West Court)

1:00- 5:00 pm All Levels

Tuesday

12:00- 7:30 pm All Levels

Wednesday

11:00- 1:00 pm Intro to Play & Beginning-Novice Lessons

1:00- 2:00 pm Beginning-Novice Play (East Court)

1:00- 2:00 pm Intermediate Play (Middle Court)

1:00- 5:00 pm Advanced Play (West Court)

2:00- 5:00 pm Intermediate Play (East & Middle Court)

5:00- 7:30 pm All Levels Play (1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday)

Thursday

12:00- 2:00 pm Men’s Advanced Play (East Court)

12:00- 2:00 pm Women’s Advanced Play (West Court)

12:00- 2:00 pm Overflow Advanced Play (Middle Court)

2:00- 5:00 pm Advanced Play

5:00- 7:30 pm All Levels Play

Friday

11:00- 1:00 pm Intro to Play & Beginning-Novice Lessons

1:00- 2:00 pm Beginning-Novice Play (East Court)

1:00- 2:00 pm Intermediate Play (Middle Court)

1:00- 4:00 pm Advanced Play (West Court)

2:00- 4:00 pm Intermediate Play (East & Middle Court)

Saturday

9:00- 1:30 pm All Levels Play

pickle ball Fees

Members have 3 payment options:

  • $30.00 for a 10-visit pass

  • $10.50 per month

  • $125.00 annually

History

Pickleball was created during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island - a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. The original purpose of the game was to provide a sport for the entire family. Pickles was the family dog that would chase after the errant balls and then hide in the bushes, thus Pickle's ball which was later shortened to the namesake of Pickleball. Initially, families played Pickleball in their backyards on a hard surface, on driveways, and on residential dead-end streets. Since the mid-1970's, Pickleball has grown and expanded from a family activity game to a paddle court sport with formalized rules. Now, over 20 years later, Pickleball is played in thousands of school P.E. programs, parks and recreation centers, correctional facilities, camps, YMCAs and retirement communities. This sport is becoming very popular among active older adults at community centers and is growing in popularity on high school and college campuses.


Pool

Evergreen Commons has an array of water classes offering multiple benefits to any fitness level. For a complete listing of our pool classes, please check our Group Fitness Class Schedule.


Pool and Hot Tub

Our pool and hot tub are sanitized with a special salt system which is gentler to the skin. The various classes and programs offer toning and cardiovascular fitness for all levels. The hot tub massaging jets increase circulation, provide a therapeutic benefit, and are a great way to end a workout. We offer a wide assortment of classes daily as well as open lap/swim multiple times per day.

Our 30' x 60' pool with a depth of 4 to 5 feet is kept at a comfortable 87 degrees and features stairways and a chair lift for those needing extra assistance.

Our hot tub is 14 ft. square and is kept at a comfortable temperature of 98 degrees. It also features a stairway, handrail and chair lift for those needing extra assistance


Open Lap/Swim Times

Monday 

  • 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM

  • 10:15 AM - 1:00 PM

  • 3:15 PM - 6:15 PM


Tuesday

  • 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM

  • 11:20 AM - 1:00 PM

  • 3:15 PM - 7:30 PM


Wednesday

  • 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM

  • 10:15 AM - 1:00 PM

  • 3:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Thursday

  • 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM

  • 11:20 AM - 1:00 PM

  • 3:15 PM - 7:30 PM


Friday

  • 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM

  • 11:20 AM - 4:30 PM


Saturday

  • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

 

Striders Walking Group

The Striders is a walking group of Evergreen Commons. Striders walk for health, socializing, achievement and enjoyment. All walking is done at a self-selected pace and no one walks alone. New walkers are always welcome!


Fees

  • $10/Members

    Interested in trying it out? Please contact Erin Aardema at 616-355-5129 to schedule your trial walk.

 

Register

  • Register and pay at the Member Guest Services desk

 

 

Registration

Pre-registration and payment in full is required for all programs. Payment with cash, check or credit card is due at the time of registration and may be paid at the Member Guest Services desk. Participants are encouraged to register early as most activities tend to fill quickly, and all promgrams require a minimum number of students. You may register in person at the Member Guest Services desk or call 616-355-5120


Cancellations/Refunds/Freezes

Please register for fitness programs with intent. In the unfortunate event that you need to cancel your registration, it must be done 5 business days prior to the first day to receive a refund. Fitness programs cancelled by Evergreen Commons will be rescheduled or payment will be refunded. No refunds shall be given after the start date of a program. 

A member with a monthly fitness package may put their fitness package on a "freeze" status. During such a freeze, all fitness privileges are suspended until end of freeze release. Your fitness package can be frozen for a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 6 months. Member/Guest Services must be notified by the 20th of the month prior to the date you wish to place your fitness package  in 'freeze' status. There is a nominal fee to 'freeze' your fitness package.