Fitness and Health

Cardio Fitness

Instructor: Margaret Scotti
Marg is a fully accredited Personal Trainer who has completed the Cardio for Diabetes course with the Baker Institute. The class is suitable for people who either have Diabetes or are in danger of getting Diabetes. Each class involves circuit work involving activities such as boxing, using a recumbent bike, a treadmill or weights work. Free trial class available.
Thursdays 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Drumming Fitness

Instructor: Margaret Scotti
The workout combines Cardio, Pilates isometric movements with constant simulated drumming, energising each strike with the sticks releases a neuromuscular reward of mixing sound and movement. Change minds before bodies using beat and alternative movements so participants generate an inner release of confidence, self-worth, happiness and human connection. Release your inner self, give yourself permission to become a Rockstar! Let’s Rock Together!
Wednesdays 11:00 am – midday

Super Seventies

Instructor: Margaret Scotti
This program is for people in their seventies who have not done any formal exercise for at least two years and want to improve their overall health. Sessions include mild exercise, relaxation, nutritional advice and a Morning Tea/Chat time. This is a free program funded by a Monash Council Community Grant.
Fridays 10:30 am – Midday

Interval Training

Instructor: Margaret Scotti
Marg is a fully accredited Personal Trainer. Each class involves circuit work with equipment.
Mondays 10:15 am – 11:15 am
Tuesdays 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fridays 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Strength Training

Instructors: Marg Scotti (Mondays) & Mary Kastes (Tuesdays)
These classes are suitable for Seniors and people wishing to improve or maintain their fitness levels. All instructors are fully qualified and experienced. Classes are held to music with the opportunity to use fitness equipment. Participants work at their own level with adjustments made to the program to cater for people with limitations. These fitness classes are lots of fun while learning to use it before you lose it!
Mondays: 5:00 pm
Tuesdays: 2:00 pm


Tutor: Margaret Scotti
Pilates is an exercise system focussed on integrating the mind/body in order to regain balance and control. Pilates strengthens and corrects posture, especially core muscle groups, the abdominals and mid torso. You will strengthen any muscle groups that are weakened, adding more holistic strength and enabling you to increase your range of movement and cope better with day-to-day activities. It invigorates and energises your body by stimulating circulation and mental clarity. The difference between Yoga and Pilates is that Yoga has spiritual applications whereas Pilates is quite logical and sports-science based. Pilates uses a lot of Yoga positioning but in Yoga you hold poses and try and release joints whereas in Pilates you move in and out of poses, stabilising the joints and working through the full range of movement.


  • Longer, leaner muscles
  • Core strength and stabilityInjury prevention
  • Relief from stress and back pain
  • Improved balance and co-ordination
  • Effective post-rehabilitation
  • Heightened body awareness
  • Improved digestion

Mondays: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesdays: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesdays 9:00 – 10:00 am
Wednesdays: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursdays: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Yoga Class

Instructor: Leone Blakeway Most people in western cultures are conditioned to exercise to extreme fatigue and exhaustion. In Yoga, participants exercise effortlessly, energising the body, releasing stress and relaxing the body both within and without. Hatha Yoga is that branch of Philosophy which deals with the physical body, its care, wellbeing, health, strength and all that tends to keep it in its natural mode of living. Important Recommendations:
  • Please do not practise yoga on a full stomach. (Wait three hours after a heavy meal)
  • If you have any ailment, please consult your doctor before starting with yoga
  • Take off jewellery, watch, glasses if possible
  • Avoid inverted postures during menstruation, if you have high blood pressure, glaucoma or any pressure related ailment in the head region
  • Do not waste your energy competing with others, even with yourself as we all have a unique body, we feel different each day and we are at different stages of our lives
  • Do not force your body
  • Always listen to your body and if you have a sharp pain, please come out of the asanas (postures) straight away
  • This class is not suitable for pregnant ladies as they have different needs
Wednesdays 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Gentle Exercise for Seniors

Instructor: Linda Barnett & Mary Kastes
The class consists of basic movements to music designed to work major muscle groups and joints used in everyday activities.

Older Adults and Physical Activity Information:

  • Older adults, both male and female can benefit from regular and moderate physical activity that will address endurance, strength, balance and flexibility components
  • Older adults should consult with a physician before beginning a new physical activity program
  • In addition to cardiorespiratory endurance (aerobic) activity, older adults can benefit from muscle strengthening activities. Stronger muscles help reduce the risk of falling and improve the ability to perform the routine tasks of daily life.

Monday: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm with Mary
Monday: 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm with Linda
Friday: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm with Linda

Walking Group

On Tuesday mornings the Walking Group meets at Mount Street Neighbourhood House at 9 am ready to depart by 9:15 am for one of the many lovely walks planned. Cars are pooled for transportation and the walk is for approximately one hour to one and a half hours at a gentle pace. The group often finishes with morning tea at a nearby venue.

Inclusion in the Walking Group is at a cost of 50 cents as a donation to the House.

Dance to Fitness

Instructor: Marg Scotti
This program was originally similar to Zumba Gold but has undergone changes since it started in 2011. Marg, an experienced and qualified fitness instructor, now introduces you to a variety of dance steps and dance styles incorporating movements designed to increase your fitness while having fun dancing to music from the 60s to the Noughties. Suitable for Seniors.
Tuesday: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Tai Chi Class

Instructor: Angelina Chung
Tai Chi is one of China’s eternal martial arts with a history that dates back centuries. The external form is known as Wushu or more commonly in the Western World as Kung Fu. Tai Chi is also an ancient health art with a holistic approach to health and well-being. Most people practice Tai Chi for its many health benefits: mental relaxation, physical fitness and breathing, promoting harmony of body, mind and breath. Those who have seen Tai Chi would have noticed that movements are fluid, graceful and well balanced. It is often known as poetry in motion because of the gentle, slow, dream-like movements.
Beginners Course
Tai Chi for Arthritis (Sun Style). This simplified Sun style Tai Chi is very beneficial for general health and well-being, improving breathing, co-ordination, balance, strength and flexibility. Suitable for all ages.
Intermediate Course
Continuation of the Sun style with revision and refinement of movements and techniques. Suitable for those who have completed the beginner course and those with some prior Tai Chi experience.
Advanced Course
Offering the simplified Yang style, Beijing 24, a standardised competition form. Continue to revise and refine Tai Chi for arthritis (Sun Style), Tai Chi. Suitable for people with prior experience.
Beginners: Thursdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Intermediate: Thursdays 8:30am – 9:30 am
Advanced: Thursdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am