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Keep moving.

Activity and strength are vital to health. We have everything you need to stay strong.

We believe you should never stop moving, playing, and strengthening your body. On site, we offer a fully stocked fitness center, featuring the latest equipment for improving strength, endurance, and flexibility. If a refreshing dip in a full-sized, indoor, saline pool sounds appealing, you’ve come to the right place! Turn your leisurely swim into a workout by making use of our aquatic exercise equipment.

The Forest at Duke’s ample fitness offerings help keep residents moving—getting stronger, dancing, lifting, bending, gardening, hiking, stretching, climbing, cycling, swimming, breathing deeply…

Our instructors have completed training and earned certifications from a wide variety of organizations, including The American Council on Exercise, Athletics and Fitness Association of America, Functional Aging Institute, National Federation of Professional Trainers, and many others. The team’s passion for wellness, paired with their knowledge and expertise, help ensure that Forest residents have every opportunity to feel their best.

Need help designing a program to fit your specific needs and fitness level? Our enthusiastic and talented team members will happily arrange a personal assessment for you. Their custom-created program will be based around healthy, fun activities that you’re sure to enjoy.


  • Aqua boot camp
  • Balance
  • Cardio conditioning
  • Core strength
  • Dance Fitness
  • Dynamic balance
  • Fitness classes at the JCC
  • Folk dancing
  • Forest Striders off-campus hiking group
  • Functional fitness
  • Hydro blast
  • Hydro circuit
  • Indoor tennis
  • International dancing
  • Line dancing
  • Personal training
  • Pilates
  • Pool tables
  • Seated volleyball
  • Square dancing
  • Strength conditioning
  • Swim lessons
  • Table tennis
  • T’ai Chi Qigong
  • Therapeutic aquatics
  • TRX suspension training
  • Walkie Talkies walking club
  • Yoga
  • Zumba dancing

You view a sample schedule of our fitness programming by clicking here.

Fitness at The Forest

Fancy a spin around the block on your bicycle or one of our adult trikes? Maybe you'd rather take a dip in our 86°F saline pool, swimming laps to your heart's content. Whatever you seek as you pursue your fitness goals, you'll find it at The Forest.