The Main Street Community Center in Edwardsville welcomes the return of in-person events with a new lineup of exercise classes.

  • Walking Club, run by Carol Bridges – No charge. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at locations posted on Facebook and on the Center’s website.
  • Functional Fitness provided by YMCA of Edwardsville, Instructor Mary Tebbe – No Charge.
    First and third Tuesdays of the month, 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Street Community Center
  • iMOVE and Groove Class – Led by Dr. Jill Oerthle, PT, DPT of iMOVE PT – No Cost.
    Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Street Community Center
  • Yoga, led by Certified Instructor Lynn Dean – $10 entry fee. Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m. at the Main Street Community Center (back door entry only)
  • Tai Chi, led by Terry Staebel – $100 for a 16 week session. Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. at the Main Street Community Center (back door entry only)
  • Strength for Women, led by Nancy Migliozzi of Center Path Yoga – $5 entry fee. Every Wednesday starting in May from 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Main Street Community Center

Exercise classes at the MSCC, as well as most in-person activities at the center, have been canceled for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first indoor class to resume was Tai Chi in September 2021.

“Our walking club came together during the pandemic because it was outdoors, and they walked with masks on for a long time,” Main Street executive director Sara Berkbigler said. “Lynn Dean came to us with the idea of ​​starting a yoga class after the first of the year and it started in February.

“We had been talking with the YMCA of Edwardsville for a while to try and get a class here and they designed the functional fitness class for us. It’s taught by Mary Tebbe of the YMCA.


More recently, the center has been offered two more people to teach courses for older people.

“Dr. Jill Oertle told us about the iMOVE and Groove class, while Functional Fitness meets on the first and third Wednesdays, Jill will fill that time slot on the second and fourth Tuesdays,” Berkbigler said.

“Strength training for women will be taught by the Center Path Yoga. This will also start in May.

The iMOVE and Groove class includes exercises designed to improve your strength and balance, while moving to your favorite music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. It can be enjoyed by people of all fitness and mobility levels.

The yoga class is gentle and restorative, and beginners are welcome. You must bring your own mat, and if you are using blocks and a blanket, bring those as well.

Strength for Women, meanwhile, offers strength training for beginners using resistance bands and body weight. There will also be balance exercises as well as stretching and flexibility.

The class uses simple trigger point therapy to relieve pain. Most exercises are done standing or sitting.

The Walking Club, meanwhile, meets every Tuesday and began its program for this month on April 5 at Schon Park in Glen Carbon.

The remaining rides for this month are April 12 at Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville, April 19 at Joe Glik Park in Edwardsville, and April 26 at Drost Park in Maryville.

Walks begin at 9:30 a.m. The club will not meet in the event of extremely cold weather or precipitation.

Berkbigler pointed to the health benefits of exercise classes for seniors, as well as the variety of classes available.

“There are so many courses and there is something for everyone. Some are free and some are paid, but the fees are very reasonable,” Berkbigler said.

“We have classes in the morning, afternoon and evening. Hopefully we have something that can fit anyone’s schedule. Anyone can join the classes or the walking club, but they are designed for older people to suit their ability, flexibility and strength levels.

In addition to the health benefits, Berkbigler noted that classes provide a chance to socialize and meet new friends, especially after social interaction has been limited in the last two years of the pandemic.

“With the Walking Club, for example, a lot of these people have become good friends,” Berkbigler said. “They then have lunch or get together to go to the cinema. It’s a great opportunity to meet other people.

Berkbigler added that Main Street has resumed its day trip schedule, which was also canceled due to the pandemic.

“We were waiting for the Cardinals to find out when their program would start, but now that they’re playing, we have day trips every Wednesday from April through December,” Berkbigler said.

The schedule includes a Cardinals game against the New York Mets on Wednesday, April 27; a day in the Illinois Amish Country on Wednesday, May 18 and a tour of St. Louis Gardens and Galleries on Wednesday, June 15, led by St. Louis Tour Guide and Master Gardener Linda Koenig.

For more information about the walking club, exercise classes, or day trips available through the Main Street Community Center, email [email protected] or call 618-656 -0300.