Current Class Protocols

Please see below for current protocols for virtual and in-person delivery. The virtual adaptation requires leaders to undergo additional training to ensure the necessary skills and capacity to facilitate these classes in a virtual setting.

During a public health emergency, protocols for in-person classes will be regularly updated with safety requirements based on guidelines from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Questions? Contact

Program Delivery Model for Extension Staff

Extension staff, see the Program Delivery Model

Steps for Virtual Programming for All Leaders

Virtual StrongBodies classes can be offered to current, past, and new participants.

Steps to offer a virtual program:

  1. Locate StrongBodies materials (registration, enrollment, consent, and reporting forms)
  2. Make sure your information is updated on this StrongBodies Virtual Class Form
  3. Create and send out Registration Form
  4. Create a virtual  link for your class (i.e. Zoom)
  5. Recruit Participants
  6. Send out email confirmation (Sample below)



This email is to confirm your enrollment in the upcoming virtual StrongBodies program. If you have never used Zoom before, here is a video to assist: Here is the link that you will use to join each class by video (if you do not want to be seen on the video, you can turn your video off)



Here are additional resources:

StrongBodies Virtual Safety Checklist

StrongBodies Exercises

StrongBodies Exercise Log

Reminders for class:

  • computer/phone connection
  • sturdy chair
  • drinking water
  • hand & ankle weights
  1. (NEW PARTICIPANTS ONLY; never participated in StrongBodies) Set up 1-2 sessions as needed to go through the series of 12 exercises to ensure proper form and technique.
  2.  StrongBodies leader to complete required  Fidelity Check. Contact Jen Whitty (
  3. After the start of the workshop, be sure to Enter a Class Report with participant numbers.
  4. Have participants fill out the StrongBodies Participation Evaluation after they complete your program

Exercise Order for Virtual Programming

 Warm-up- 5 minutesx
1Wide Leg Squat X10Modified Squat
2Overhead Press X10Lateral Raise
 Repeat 1 &2x
3Bent Forward Fly X10Without weights
4Bicep Curl X10x
 Repeat 3 & 4x
5Wrist Curl X10 Wrist up
6Standing Calf X10 & Toe Raises (30 Sec)x
 Repeat 5 & 6x
 Getting down to the floorx
7Back Extension Left Side X10 hold for 8 sec eachStanding back extension
8Tummy Tuck  X10 hold for 8 sec eachChair Tuck
 Repeat 7 (Right side)  & 8x
9Side Leg Raise left side X10Chest Press x10Side Leg Raise x10Standing Side Leg Raise
10Side Leg Raise right side X10Chest Press X10Side Leg Raise right side X10Wall Push up
 Repeat 9 & 10x
11Balance: One-legged Stork (hold up to 2 min)Modified
12Stretches (30 seconds each):Hamstring, Quads, Chest, Latsx

For FoodWIse Extension Leaders

Please view the FoodWIse StrongBodies Programming FAQ here,

This resource provides FoodWIse educators with who to contact if they have questions, link to the FoodWIse StrongBodies Program Delivery Model, and a list of FAQs.

Requirements for In-Person Programs

Current In-person StrongBodies COVID-19 Recommendations:

Guidelines effective August 2021

We know that many StrongBodies leaders and participants are eager to gather together again to learn and share. The StrongBodies program is following UW-Madison, Division of Extension recommendations. These requirements are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 for our participants, leaders, and staff.

In-person StrongBodies programming should adhere to these recommendations.

  • ¬†All individuals (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) are strongly recommended to wear masks in areas of substantial or high transmission according to the CDC. Please check this map as transmission rates change often.
  •  Proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette are also important measures to keep individuals and our communities healthy. Do not attend class if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have any symptoms of any illness
  • Shared equipment must be cleaned before and after use with a fresh bleach solution or GTECH spray. If GTECH spray is used, you must submit a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to the site/building coordinator.
  • Do not enter class if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have any symptoms of any illness

Steps for Returning to In-Person Classes:

  • View the requirements above and prepare to follow all guidelines
  • Ensure the site is suitable for an in-person program
    • Location with space appropriate to conduct group exercise and mini lessons for participants with wheel-less chairs and 6 feet of distance between participants.
    • Space reserved for 8-12 weeks, 2 times/week on non-consecutive days for 1 hours each time (teaching time is 60 min. for StrongBodies, 20 min. nutrition/health education is optional)
    • Participants are interested in participating in the entire length of the program.
  • Schedule your workshop. Make sure to update the WI StrongBodies Map.
  • Recruit participants (ideal class size 8-15)
  • Participants complete registration forms (Welcome Packet)
  • Hold classes
  • After the start of the workshop, be sure to Enter a Class Report with participant numbers.
  • Complete post-class evaluations at completion.

If you are unable to offer a virtual program in your county, there are a couple of options to offer your participants.

  1. Link to StrongBodies Recording from PBS Wisconsin.
  2. Sign up for Virtual Programming offered to statewide participants.
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