New fitness program at the Ranch: Healing Movements Chi Gong and Tai Chi Fitness

Want to get fit and relieve pain at the same time? Joe Pinella, a SaddleBooke resident and 50-year+ practitioner of Chi Gong and Tai Chi, now offers two classes at SaddleBrooke Ranch that help to do just that.

It can be a real challenge to get into shape while facing issues like chronic pain, arthritis, Parkinson’s, surgeries, injuries and heart disease. At this age we all have some kind of accumulated damage from injuries, illnesses and prolonged periods of inactivity over a lifetime. The solution: repair the damage with Joe Pinella’s Healing Movements System and Chi Fitness.

Joe personally knows what it takes to repair the body and then get really fit. Joe worked his way back after being paralyzed from the neck down following a broken neck and back. He used Tai Chi and Chi Gong (the medical ancestor of Tai Chi), which he learned as a youngster in New York City. This experience gives Joe a unique perspective on teaching fitness to people over 55.

The principle behind Joe’s system is that to get fit or stay fit after fifty, we can and must repair the accumulated damage we call aging. This accumulated damage, and often the pain and stiffness that accompanies it, is what holds us back in our quest to become fit in retirement. It is also what limits our ability to maintain our fitness, even if we have kept up with activities like golf, running, tennis and pickleball.

Joe’s program, Healing Movements System, is based on his own recovery. “Healing Movements Chi Gong” restores basic movement skills like the ability to freely move all your joints and muscles in their full range of motion, improving lung capacity, strength and stamina, all while relieving pain and stiffness. “Chi Fitness!” takes it a step further by strengthening and reconditioning the whole body without the damage often caused by more vigorous sports and activities.

SaddleBrooke Ranch Class Schedule:

Tuesdays 8:30 a.m.: Healing Movements Qigong, The Espiritu De Vida Room

Thursdays 8:00 a.m.: Chi Fitness! The Espiritu De Vida Room

The cost is $12/class

SaddleBrooke HOA One Fitness Center

Tuesdays 10:15 a.m. Healing Movements Qigong

Thursdays 9:45 a.m. Chi Fitness!

Fridays 11:00 a.m. Strength and Balance for fall prevention

The cost is $10/class

There is also a more advanced class at SaddleBrooke One called “Chi Sports Conditioning” Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. Great for those who want to excel at any sport or who just want to get into great shape! Call Joe at 520-343-3523 to see if it is right for you.