Nina and Linda

Last August, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver started a new program called Active Seniors, in response to demand for fitness classes designed for members over the age of 55.

The demand was sparked by member participation in a two-year research study conducted by the University of British Columbia – but when the study ended, participants wanted to continue. So the Y developed a training program for seniors interested in becoming fitness instructors.

“The best part of it is when you get feedback and they’re happy with you and you see a big smile when they go out and they say ‘wow, that was a great class,’ “ says Nina Graham, 86, one of the new instructors, in this video.