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Campus Recreation

Fitness

Class Descriptions

Certifications

Meet the Instructors


Fitness classes At Western Oregon University, we pride ourselves on offering safe, fun opportunities to explore fitness as a lifelong commitment. Our philosophy is to always reward with praise and positive reinforcement for a job well done. Participants are never forced to perform. Progression is at an individual´s pace.


Access Fitness class access is gained at the front desk of the Health and Wellness Center. Up to 30 minutes prior to a class beginning, a participant must check in at the HWC front desk. Upon completion a card will be handed to you. This is your entrance into that class. Classes are filled on a first-come first-served basis.

  • Spring session runs from April 7, 2014 to June 1, 2014 (eight-weeks)
  • Summer session runs from July 7, 2014 to August 14, 2014 (six-weeks)
  • Fall session runs from October 6, 2014 to November 30, 2014 (eight-weeks) [No classes on November 27 or 28]
  • Winter session runs from January 12, 2015 to March 8, 2015 (eight-weeks)
  • Each class lasts 50 minutes
  • Classes allow up to 25 participants per class
  • Access to classes is closed 5 minutes after class begins
  • Classes may be combined to accommodate instructors/classes
  • Class format may be changed if needed due to instructor alterations

Guests:

  • HWC members can sponsor guest(s) for a $6 daily drop-in fee per person and participate if space is available.
  • WOU Community non-member can pay a $6 HWC daily drop-in fee and participate if space is available.
  • Exact cash or checks are forms of payment.

Spring term classes As we work to develop fitness classes that meet your needs we will update the schedule. Please check back often. Fitness class structure/format may alter due to instructor availability.


Class Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Sunday

Zumba®

Required for class:
Water

6:30-7:20pm
Crystal

5:30-6:20pm
Nolan


7:30-8:20pm
Crystal

6:30-7:20pm
Crystal


7:30-8:20pm
Erica

7:30-8:20pm
Nolan

 

 

Ballerobics

Required for class:
Water

 

6:30-7:20pm
Kirstyn

 

 

 

6:30-7:20pm
Kirstyn

Choreographed Cardio

Required for class:
Water

 

 

 

 

 

7:30-8:20pm
Kelsey

All About Abs

Required for class:
Water

5:30-6:20pm
Crystal

 

 

 

 

 

Barefoot Cardio

Required for class:
Water

 

 

 

 

8:00-8:50am
Nichole

 

Cardio Hip Hop

Required for class:
Water

7:30-8:20pm
Tanie

 

 

 

 

 

Pilates

Required for class:
Water & Yoga Mat

 

4:30-5:20pm
Tashawna

 

6:30-7:20pm
Kirstyn

 

 

Spinning

Required for class:
Water & Towel

7:30-8:20pm
Kelsey

4:30-5:20pm
Elke

7:30-8:20pm
Kelsey

4:30-5:20pm
Elke

 

 

Yoga

Required for class:
Water & Yoga Mat

8:00-8:50am
Warren**


4:30-5:20pm
Brittany

5:30-6:20pm
Cassidy


7:30-8:20pm
Naomi

8:00-8:50am
Warren**

5:30-6:20pm
Maia

 

 

Tai chi

Required for class:
Water

 

 

 

5:30-6:30pm
Hu Fang

 

 

Kickboxing

Required for class:
Water

 

 

5:30-6:20pm
Erica

 

 

 

Muscle Pump

Required for class:
Water

 

 

 

4:30-5:20pm
Nichole

 

 


**Faculty/Staff ONLY- you may sign up at the HWC front desk to take this Yoga class without an HWC membership for $60 (cash or check only) or this yoga class is included with your current HWC membership as space is available.

 

Class Descriptions

Aquatic Fitness Classes

Please visit Aquatic programs for information regarding these classes


All About Abs

Blending floor, standing and aerobic exercise, this class is dedicated entirely to toning and strengthening your abdominal muscles. If you crave a leaner midsection, but desire motivation and instruction, this is the class for you. This 50 minute class will rock your abs. All fitness levels welcome.


Ballerobics

The fusion of grace from ballet and dancers with the strength of pilates and athletes make this class a unique way to challenge your body and fitness routine. The entire body is sculpted from arms to abs to glutes to quads, this total body workout increases balance, stability, posture and flexibility through the combination of exercises adapted from yoga, pilates, ballet and toning. Great for all levels of fitness, this dynamic class will offer a fun, fresh, challenge.


Barefoot Cardio

The blend of cardio with yoga and pilates is a full body sculpting workout that increases strength, endurance, flexibility, stability, balance and posture. There´s no jumping or bouncing so it is a low impact cardio workout that incorporates elements of dance. Being barefoot increases the circulation in the feet and releases stress while strengthening and increasing flexibility, stability, balance and posture. Great for all levels of fitness, kick off your shoes and join us.


Cardio Hip Hop

Cardio Hip Hop will keep you jamming to upbeat music from R&B to Bollywood to Urban World Beats and from Old School to the latest Hip Hop hits. The resulting outcome is an energetic fun class that teaches you the basic Hip Hop movements and technique while getting you a great sweaty workout! The moves are broken down so they can easily be followed. All levels are welcome.


Choreographed Cardio

A heart pumping, heavy breathing workout geared to make you sweat while burning calories and toning your body. Primarily made up of dance steps to a fun variety of music including techno, pop, hip hop, and more, this energizing class contains moderate to intense cardio and floor work for abs, legs, and arms. Anyone can participate all you need is a positive attitude!


Kickboxing

Looking for a way to combine cardio with strength training? This choreographed kickboxing class challenges your balance and coordination through a full body workout. The short turbo section boosts your metabolism into high gear. The kicking and punching movements cause you to sweat through the calories. Anyone can follow this routine with the right attitude and willingness to smile and keep moving.


Muscle Pump

Cardio is great but put a little muscle into your workout by joining us for a class designed to build muscle endurance with low to medium weights and high repetitions. This is not a cardio class it is designed to build muscle endurance across all major muscle groups as well as tone, sculpt and strengthen your entire body without building bulk. Expect your muscles to burn as we use a variety of equipment including barbells, dumbbells, bosus and aerobic steps. (All equipment provided.) Some exercises will focus on isolated muscle groups while others will utilize the entire body simultaneously. You will become familiar with proper form, the fundamentals of weight training and the confidence to continue weight training on your own and throughout the HWC. This class is designed to introduce those new to weights as well as challenge those experienced lifters.


Pilates

An amazing workout focused on strength, flexibility, stamina and balance! Along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and extremely diligent fitness professionals, pilates has been refined as one of the safest most effective methods of exercise incorporating modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation using a variety of equipment. The range of modifications make this class great for everyone from hardcore fitness enthusiasts to populations in need of rehab or prenatal exercise.


R.I.P.P.E.D.

Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, Diet-The one stop body shock! This efficient calorie burning class combines cardio and resistance while building lean strong muscles. Muscle tone is sexy. You never get bored, the music and combination of moves are motivating and you see results. Options for each move are provided to modify the workout to your fitness level (high or low) anyone can participate in R.I.P.P.E.D.


Spinning

A great way to get in a vigorous cardio workout with limited impact on joints. Cycling includes a nice easy warm up, sprints, hills and endurance riding. An energetic instructor will guide you through various workouts but you have to push yourself for maximum effect. Each individual controls their own resistance throughout the class. This exercise class is great for all ability levels and you don´t have to wear a helmet, just wear workout clothes, tennis shoes, bring a water bottle and sweat towel...you´re gonna need it!


Spinning w/ Training Wheels

Designed for all abilities, from new spinners to seasoned spinners. This class offers an introduction to all the aspects of spinning without the pressure of a competitive atmosphere. Once warmed up the intensity increases and those seeking a rigorous exercise will endure a workout "geared" to make you sweat. This dynamic workout will include a focus on proper body position and form, using the bike to stretch, cadence, gear shifting, various hand positions, seated and standing hill climbs, independent leg muscle isolation.


Step and Sculpt

This traditional step aerobics class uses power moves incorporating an elevated platform (provided) that burns fat fast. Step aerobics is designed to strengthen the muscles used when stepping up and down. Arms and light weights are integrated for variety, level of difficulty and sculpting the upper body.


Tai Chi

During the practice of Tai Chi the body remains relaxed with the consciousness, breathing and actions all closely connected. These unique features enhance benefits to health, fitness, and weight-loss and are just a few of the reasons so many people, regardless of age and level of fitness, regularly practice Tai Chi throughout the world today. Join us for this mind, body, spirit workout.


Yoga

Mind, body and spirit are joined together for this workout. The physical postures and poses challenge all muscles and improve flexibility while offering time to clear your mind.


Zumba®

When participants see a Zumba class in action, they can´t wait to give it a try. Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they´re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There´s no other fitness class like a Zumba fitness-party. It´s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning participants.


Zumba Tone®

When it comes to body sculpting, Zumba Tone raises the bar (or rather, the toning stick). It combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Students learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like Tone Sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their target zones, including arms, abs, glutes and thighs. Zumba Tone is the perfect way for enthusiasts to sculpt their bodies naturally while having a total blast.


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Certifications

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Meet the Instructors

Brittney

Teaching at the HWC since Spring 2014

  • Education: Currently working toward her Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education at Western Oregon University
  • Certifications/Training: AFAA Practical Yoga Training
  • Brittney´s Philosophy: "Yoga is such a unique art form, it leans, tones and pushes your body without vigorous movement. It´s not about who can put their leg behind their head the easiest. It´s about knowing and becoming aware of the ability your own body has. With me, you will relax and create balance and knowledge of your own body. Come join me, you will be impressed with what your body is really capable of."

Cassidy

Teaching at the HWC since Spring 2014

  • Education: Currently working toward her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science (Pre-Physical Therapy) at Western Oregon University
  • Certifications/Training: AFAA Practical Yoga Training
  • Cassidy´s Philosophy: "I believe in you, I believe in me, I believe in us."

Crystal

Teaching at the HWC since Fall 2011

  • Education: Currently working toward her Bachelor's Degree in Music at Western Oregon University
  • Certifications/Training: Zumba licensed Instructor (Basic 1, Zumba Gold)
  • Crystal´s Philosophy: "There are so many options out there to help those who wish to live a happy, healthy life. From lifting weights to high-intensity cardio classes; there is a method that works best for everyone! Personally I believe any activity that allows you to exercise while having fun is the best way to get into shape! All you need to do is find the motivation and soon enough it will seem like a party!"

Elke

Teaching at the HWC since Fall 2011

  • Education: Bachelor's Degrees in Biology and Education, University of Calgary
  • Certifications/Training: AFAA Group Fitness certified Instructor; AFAA Indoor Cycling, Turbo Kick, Practical Pilates Training; Keiser M3 Indoor Cycling Certified
  • Elke´s Philosophy: "Working out is the best way to restore the body, mind, and spirit! Even though we demand of our body during a good fitness workout, it always seems to bounce back with even more energy, vitality and improved overall health. Stress release is SO important during our busy lives, and exercise can help to balance our mood, energy, and relaxation, all part of a healthy existence. Sharing our fitness with others is the ultimate way to improve ourselves."

Erica

Teaching at the HWC since Fall 2011

  • Education: Master's Degree in Teaching, Oregon State University
  • Certifications/Training: AFAA Group Fitness certified Instructor; Zumba licensed Instructor (Basic 1, 2, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold)
  • Erica´s Philosophy: "You have to find the motivation and drive from within to begin and continue a healthy life style. Finding a workout routine that works for your schedule, is a fun, enjoyable way to help you succeed in your journey to fitness. This is why I love Zumba Fitness, it doesn't seem like a "workout," it´s a dance party!!"

Hu Fang

Teaching at the HWC since Spring 2014

  • Education: Chengdu Sports University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China; Masters of Education, July 2007; B.A. Management, July 2004; Chengdu Informatin Engineering University, Martial Arts Instructor, Chengdu (2007-present) and Chengdu Association of MArtial Arts, Tai Ji Instructor, Chengdu (2007-present
  • Certifications/Training: 6th generation master of Shun Style Boxing. been a martial arts referee in Chengdu since 2007. She has taught tai ji quan to foreign students in the city since regularly since 2010, and also wrote teaching materials for martial arts classes (2010-2012). Hu Fang also translated Wushu teaching materials from Chinese to English in 2006. Certificate for state-level referee of Martial Arts, 2007, International Championship of Tai Ji Boxing, International Competition of Tai Ji Boxing, 1st Prize Winner, 2003

Ingrid

Teaching at the HWC since Winter 2012

  • Education: Dott´s English School; Certification to teach English and E. E. 1 & 2 Grau "Dom Pedro I" Elementary Education with specialization in Early Childhood Development - Physical Education in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Certifications/Training: Stott Pilates Training (Injury & Special Populations, for Men, Advanced Matwork, Intensive Mat-Plus, Intensive Reformer); Tabata Bootcamp; R.I.P.P.E.D.; Zumba licensed Instructor (Basic 1, 2, Zumba Gold, Zumba Tone, Aqua Zumba)
  • Ingrid´s Philosophy: "Did you know that exercise decreases nervous tension, increases the clarity of the mind, leads to more efficient use of organs and systems, produces more power, endurance, flexibility, etc. Whatever forms of physical culturing we are involved in, it must influence the entire body in a balanced manner. The weight lifter who engages only in that activity but not in any other form of physical activities will have highly-developed muscles but a poorly developed cardiovascular system. In order to insure a balanced program of physical conditioning, three types of exercise must be utilized. These are contraction, stretching, and aerobic exercises. Each type is unique and provides benefits not offered by the other two. In proper combination, these three types of exercise will provide the essentials for developing a strong, healthy body. Yep, I love fitness...Find what you love and love what you do...and DO IT!!!!"

Janelle

Teaching at the HWC since Fall 2011

  • Certifications/Training: AFAA Group Fitness certified Instructor, R.I.P.P.E.D., Zumba licensed Instructor (Basic 1, 2, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba Zumba Gold, Zumbatomic) Flirtygirl Fitness Basic Training
  • Janelle´s Philosophy: "Too tired, don´t have time, it's too cold and it´s raining, have to study? Exercise can help energize you. If you have time to watch TV and play on the computer you have time to exercise. Its Oregon the annual average temperature in the Willamette Valley is 43 degrees and annual averages for rainfall plus snowfall is 144 days, use your brisk walk for a warm up before any of the classes at WOU-HWC. Your academics are very important, sometimes you have to take time to decompress and refocus, and exercise is the answer. I'm incredibly motivated and driven to make things happen! My appreciation for fitness and the physical, mental, and emotional benefits is what motivates me to encourage all people, from all fitness levels to exercise. As a fitness instructor there is nothing more rewarding to me than when participants in my fitness classes tell me they have never had so much fun exercising. I absolutely LOVE what I do and seeing the results and smiles on people's faces every day! I strive to motivate, encourage, and push everyone to his or her goals! Come try out my classes! Get FIT, Get HAPPY!"

Kelsey

Teaching at the HWC since Fall 2011

  • Education: Currently working toward her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Western Oregon University
  • Certifications/Training: Expert Rating Aerobics Certification; Keiser M3 Indoor Cycling Certified
  • Kelsey´s Philosophy: "I have personally experienced that physical activity helps me keep balanced emotionally in addition to physically. A great workout can make a tremendous difference to your day and your mood. I strive to provide a workout that is vigorous- yet fun, positive, and uplifting. I think the key to a great dance aerobics class is enthusiasm. I always tell my students the goal is not for them to be perfect at the moves; it is simply to sweat and have fun. When I started instructing, it was with a group of friends who wanted to get in shape and have fun together. I try to uphold that mood in my classes by fostering a friendly and encouraging atmosphere."

Kirstyn

Teaching at the HWC since Spring 2013

  • Education: Currently working toward her Bachelor's Degree in Dance at Western Oregon University
  • Certifications/Training: NAFC Group Fitness Instructor. Former dance and gymnastics instructor. Current member of the Rainbow Dance Theatre.
  • Kirstyn´s Philosophy: "Everyone should embrace and love their body, it is the most amazing thing they will ever own. Some days may be harder than others but just remember that with a little workout and clean eating you can have the body and attitude towards life that you have always wanted."

Maia

Teaching at the HWC since Fall 2011

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in Modern Dance, Mills College
  • Certifications/Training: Yoga Alliance - 200 Hr RYT Yoga Instructor
  • Maia´s Philosophy: "I am a second-generation yoga teacher who loves to share the benefits of strength, balance, freedom, and self-empowerment that yoga has to offer. I received my 200 level training in vinyasa flow and hatha yoga styles at Frog Lotus Yoga in North Adams, Massachusetts and also use my background as a gymnast and dancer to inform my teaching."

Nichole

Teaching at the HWC since Spring 2013

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Oregon State University
  • Certifications/Training: AFAA Group Exercise Instructor; ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga Alliance - 200 Hr RYT Yoga Instructor, AEA Aquatic Fitness Instructor, Resist-A-Ball C.O.R.E. Instructor (level 1)
  • Nichole´s Philosophy: "I have a clear, safe, encouraging and straightforward instruction style. My primary goal is to offer fitness classes that are both functional and fun."

Nolan

Teaching at the HWC since Fall 2013

  • Education: Currently working toward his Bachelor's Degree in Dance at Western Oregon University
  • Certifications/Training: Zumba licensed Instructor (Basic 1)
  • Nolan´s Philosophy: "I would have never thought that I would become a fitness instructor. Through this experience, I have learned that there is something to inspire everyone to move. It is a matter of finding what fits YOU! If you like to have a party while getting your work out in, then Zumba Fitness is the way to go! I have not been doing this long but, I cannot stop. I encourage everyone to do the same."

Tanie

Teaching at the HWC since Fall 2013

  • Education: Bachelorís Degrees in French and Biology, University of Oregon; Doctorate of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University; Board Certified Family Physician, University of Wisconsin
  • Certifications/Training: Kickforce Kickboxing Instructor Certificate; Cardio Hip Hop/Turbo Hip Hop Founder at Salem Kroc Center; S.O.U.L. (Sisters on a United Level) Portland Hip Hop Performance Dance Co. Dancer
  • Tanie´s Philosophy: "Dance has always been my escape, my way of expression and my Spiritual connection. I have collectively taught Hip Hop for 6 years and I strive to create a safe dance haven where students are encouraged to explore, share, laugh and connect with others. My classes are high energy, hard hitting and addictively fun."

Tashawna

Teaching at the HWC since Spring 2014

  • Education: Currently working toward her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Western Oregon University
  • Certifications/Training: AFAA Practical Pilates Training
  • Tashawna´s Philosophy: "Physical activity is the path to a healthy and promising lifestyle. Not only does your body benefit from it but as a person you become physically, mentally, and emotionally stronger. A great workout will give you the motivation and strength that you need in your life to be happy. You don´t have to be the strongest, the biggest, or the tallest. You just have to be you! Dedicate a portion of your life to your health and wellness and I promise you, you will not turn back. And always remember this "Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until the good is better, and the better is best."

Warren

Teaching Faculty Staff Yoga since Summer 2008. Teaching at the HWC since Fall 2013.

  • Education: MS in Education: Western Oregon University; BS in Applied Health Sciences: University of Minnesota
  • Certifications/Training: ASFA - Yoga Certification, NTT Instructor
  • Warren´s Philosophy: "I've spent the past 45 years learning and growing in a number of martial arts and yoga styles and hold Master level rankings and degrees in several. My passion is Tai Chi Chuan, the ancient Chinese art of longevity but I enjoy all movement arts and dance. My style of teaching is one of acceptance with the recognition that we all learn and grow in our own individual way and the journey is the purpose of life."

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