Find your fit! Free activities for current faculty, staff and students.

Register for all classes through the University Center for Training and Development website. Walk-ins will be taken when space is available.

Peaceful Practice Hike

4:30 p.m. Wed., September 16
Patti Dowd, group fitness program coordinator

Experience a revitalizing blend of Qigong and hiking as you explore the natural beauty of the outdoors. Take time to breathe the fresh air, tap into your mindfulness, and become open to your place in nature. This class will introduce participants to Qigong, the ancient Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement and awareness to cultivate and balance chi, or "intrinsic life energy." The practice of Qigong involves rhythmic breathing coordinated with a slow repetition of fluid movements. Some people consider it an exercise, while others call it a meditation. Either way, Qigong is a great way to refocus and recharge. Bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Meet in front of East Gym. 20 spots available.

Discover the River Trails Bike Ride

6 p.m. Tues., October 6
Birdie High, assistant director of outdoor pursuits

This course will help participants discover some of the great ways to safely commute between downtown and campus without hitting the parkway. The tour will start as participants head from campus towards downtown's Washington St. bridge. Cyclists will then ride up to Otsinango Park and back, with a quick stop for ice cream on the way (so bring your money)!
Registered participants will gather outside the Outdoor Pursuits office, side door of the Rec Center, East Gym at 6 p.m. Participants can supply their own bike or rent a bike from Outdoor Pursuits for $5. Helmets are required and local maps will be available. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early if you need to rent a bicycle. Group will pass S. Washington Bridge statue at 6:30 p.m. if you would like to join up there.
(unlimited spots)

Lifting 101

Noon, Wed., October 14
Jenna Moore, assistant director of fitness and wellness

Join the FitSpace personal training staff as they take you through a lesson focused on learning the necessary skills for proper weight lifting. This class is offered as an introduction to proper form and technique for novice and intermediate lifters. In this class we will break down and cover lifts such as the squat, overhead press, and the stiff legged deadlift. Where proper athletic footwear and attire. 15 spots are available.

Aqua Circuits

Noon, Wed., November 18
Aquatics staff

Come discover how to turn the pool into your circuit training playground! Our instructors will promote cardio, muscular and flexibility development, while demonstrating how to incorporate a variety of aquatic "toys" into your next water workout! This introductory class will combine drills, station work and traditional aqua aerobics to show you how to achieve a full body aquatic workout, cross training style. Swimming skills are not needed, personal flotation devices are available for use if desired. A swimsuit is required. Participants are asked to bring their own towel.
(10 spots)

Introduction to Meditation 

4:30 p.m. Wed., December 9
Liz Piliero, group fitness instructor
Rec Center, EG-14

Despite enjoying habits that speed life up, at some point or another, we all tend to seek a space to slow down and connect to a deeper, more conscious source of power within ourselves. The practice of meditation can offer us this outlet and cultivate a perspective of compassion. In this session, I will introduce a few of the various forms of meditation and we will engage in interactive exercises to get at a basic understanding and experience of meditation that reaches beyond the mat. Everyone from first time beginners to regular practitioners are welcomed. 15 spots are available.

Last Updated: 8/21/15