Healthy Living Program - Group Fitness Class Descriptions

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Power H.I.T.T.
Class description: Push, pull, squat, lunge your way into better shape using functional equipment including plyo box jumps, TRX Suspension Trainers, Slam Balls, sand bags and more. This will be a great workout, no matter your level of fitness; helping to improve strength and stamina along with improved ability to perform activities of daily living. This class will be held on the Escape Fitness equipment located in the Appel Commons Friedman Fitness Center. Class capacity: 12

Strength Training
Class description: This resistance training class is appropriate for all fitness levels and will strengthen muscles, build bone density, and reduce the risk of falling by improving balance and core stability. We use a variety of exercises and equipment, with a primary emphasis on posture and the "core" muscles. Some exercises are done in a standing position, while others are done on a mat, but all can be adapted to a seated posture and can be modified to accommodate any ability level and each participant receives individual and personalized attention. Class capacity: 26

Barre
Class description: Based on orthopedic exercises, kinesiology, as well as, ballet barre/pilates inspired workouts, this strength training class will strengthen your muscles through intentional movements.  A variety of equipment will be utilized to challenge your body to adapt and become stronger. This fun style of strength training will keep active and invigorated. Class capacity: 25

Ripples
Class description: Exercise in both shallow and deep water is ideal for relieving joint pain and offers the perfect medium to provide modifications for each individual's ability and needs. Water's resistance strengthens muscles while buoyancy makes this refreshing workout low impact. The most popular and diverse Wellness class for a reason, this group is well known on campus for laughing as hard as they exercise. You will leave refreshed and smiling! The pool at Helen Newman Hall is a comfortable 83 degrees and is equipped with easy entry pool steps w/handrail, a chair lift, and a wall ladder to access the pool. Class capacity: 34

Zumba Gold
Class description: Zumba Gold® targets the largest growing segment of the population: baby boomers. It takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. What stays the same are all the elements the Zumba Fitness-Party is known for: the zesty Latin music, like salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton; the exhilarating, easy-to-follow moves; and the invigorating, party-like atmosphere. Active older adults want camaraderie, excitement and fitness as a regular part of their weekly schedule. Zumba Gold is the perfect fit. It’s a dance-fitness class that feels friendly, and most of all, fun. Class capacity: 40

Iyengar Yoga
Class description: This class encourages participants to explore the precise anatomical placement and postural alignment of basic yoga postures at a pace that allows for an intelligent rigor. Participants are guided to observe and learn from their individual strengths and challenges. Emphasis is placed on the importance of inner awareness and clarity as personal resources for yoga practice and for life. Attention to safety and a curiosity for learning are promoted in a class environment of self and mutual respect. NOTE: You MUST bring your own yoga mat to this class. Class capacity: 40

Restorative Yoga
Class description: Restorative yoga is the Yoga of non-doing and pure Being. It is the practice of reflective relaxation and is a method for releasing tension within the body, mind and spirit. Through the practice of Restorative Yoga, we shift our body and mind from “fight or flight” to “restore and renew.” As this occurs, the many symptoms of stress begin to dissolve from the body and mind. Restorative Yoga uses blankets, bolsters, pillows, blocks, straps and other props to support the body completely, so that no physical effort is needed to maintain the position. Restorative postures are generally held from anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes, allowing the benefits of the pose to fully integrate within the mind, body and spirit. Class capacity: 25

Hydro Therapy
There is no instructor for this class; this is an opportunity for you to use the pool to work on physical therapy exercises, aqua jogging, or moves you've enjoyed in Ripples class. There will also be one lap lane that can be used as a slow only, non-traditional lap swim lane. If you are wanting to use the pool during this time but do not know what to do, please make an appointment with Keri Johnson and she will provide you with a program to do in the pool.