Donna Neill, Assistant Director 

In September 1996, the fitness program at the Fair Lawn Senior Center was designed and implemented by Donna J. Neill for the active older adults of community. Donna believes that fitness can be fun and beneficial simultaneously. Donna is an American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.) certified "Group Fitness Instructor," with an "Older Adult Fitness" certification from the American Institute of Fitness Instructors. She is also a member of I.D.E.A. Health and Fitness Association and the American Senior Fitness Association (S.F.A.).

Nancy Whittaker joined the Senior Center in September 2005 with her own enthusiastic approach to fitness and wellness. Nancy is certified by the American and Fitness Association of America (A.F.A.A.) as a “Group Fitness Instructor", with a Personal Training certification from the World Instruction Training School (W.I.T.S.).

The effort to join is small but the benefits to one's general health and feeling of well-being are so beyond measure! All participants are required to complete a Health Questionnaire prior to their first class and wear sneakers (or rubber-soled shoes).

Please review our fitness class guidelines. (more)


Ballroom Dancing - Sundays @ 1:00 p.m.

We invite anyone interested in social dancing to gather on Sunday afternoons and boogie to varied selections of recorded music from tango to waltz to the cha-cha. Get in step for the next Center party! Tuxedos are not required.

Line Dancing - Fridays @ 9:30 a.m.

Country and City Line Dancing has become very popular of the last ten years, and features dances from the "Achy Breaky" to the "Electric Slide." Our dancers are enthused, energetic and ever ready when it comes to dancing! Volunteer Sylvia Sherman leads this class and all are welcome!

Tai Chi - Mondays @ 2:30 p.m.

The Chinese have practiced this non-impact form of exercise for thousands of years. The mental, physical and emotional benefits of an accomplished student of Tai Chi Chih are fantastic. Some attribute the longevity and excellent health of the elderly to this daily practice. These classes also incorporate Qigong, which is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. It is the art and science of using and breathing techniques, gentle movement, meditation to cleanse, strengthen and circulate the life energy (qi). Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a transquil state of mind. Peter Garrone is the volunteer instructor. 


Seniorcize - Mon. & Wed. @ 9:30 a.m. / Tues. & Thurs. @ 8:30 a.m.

The “original” low impact exercise class is designed specifically for the older adult. It combines as aerobic workout with strength training, and then followed by a gentle stretch. This class will create a positive environment with lots of fun and friends. 

Senior Circuit - Mondays & Wednesdays @ 10:45 a.m.

The interval training class (formerly “Silver Studs”) is designed specifically for the older adult. Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises intended to alternate cardio and weight training. Exercises are utilized to strengthen major muscle groups and improve range of motion. Class concludes with a gentle stretch. A chair is used for seated and/or standing support. 

Senior Stretch - Mon. & Wed. @ 8:15 a.m. / Tues. & Thurs. @ 10:00 a.m.

Start your day with a stretching class designed specifically for the older adult. A gull workout of every muscle group will get yourself ready for daily tasks. This class will help improve balance, posture and coordination by performing energizing stretches. A chair is used for seated and/or standing support. 

Senior Core & More - Fridays @ 8:30 a.m.

End your week with the toughest workout (formerly “Senior Sculpt”) designed specifically for the older adult! This full body workout uses body stretches and breathing techniques through a variety of traditional yoga poses and Pilates movements. These are all incorporated to engage you core along with your mind and body. This class is strictly a mat class. All participants must bring their own mat to class.