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Exercise Classes

 Mind, Body, and Spirit are all positively impacted by exercise.

 Physical movement can help you control your weight, improve brain functioning as you age, manage depression and anxiety, increase energy levels, maintain balance and flexibility, slow or prevent chronic diseases.

We all know that exercise is extremely important to our long term health, mental outlook, energy levels and weight management. However, it can be one of the first things to go when we become busy.

Like any good health habit, it's what we do consistently, and especially when we're the "busiest", that has the most impact on our wellness.

  1. Schedule your workout time and make it non-negotiable.
  2. Decide when you like exercising and when you are most likely to go. 
  3. Set yourself up to succeed. Have your gym bag ready, clothes inside, water bottle filled etc.
  4. Make working out something you look forward to.  Have great music on your iPod. 
  5. Wear gym outfits that you LOVE, are excited to wear and make you feel good when you're exercising.  Your body is what you will  live in for years and years - enjoy it, love it, celebrate it :
  6. Get an exercise buddy.  Research shows that we are more likely to exercise with a friend - it keeps us accountable, is more fun and builds friendships.
  7. Set little goals and rewards (non food) for going to the gym (or exercising) 5 times per week...(or whatever your goal is).
  8. Don't let more than 2 days go by without exercising.

* If you are a man and over age 40 or a woman and over age 50, or have a chronic health problem, talk to us before starting a vigorous physical activity program.  

During the year ‘Well U” offers a variety of faculty/staff movement classes.  You may visit the Student Campus Rec site for information about their programming too.

Exercise Classes and Instructors          *See calendar for date/time/location

Liz Bailey
Lifting with Liz Instructor

Lifting with Liz


Did you know that lifting weights can help make your bones strong? How about that having more muscle mass increases the number of calories you burn each day? Well it’s true and if you are interested in learning how to use free weights to get these results come join us for Lifting with Liz! No special equipment or clothing is required and the class will take only 30 minutes! You will learn exercises you can do at home with minimal equipment that can increase your strength, bone density, and muscle mass.


Sarah Vandyke
Gentle Yoga Instructor




PWU (Personal Well You)

A certified personal trainer will work with you in the  Campus Rec Fitness Center to establish a training plan specific to your goals. Start Today! It’s Easy! Pay $120.00 for 7 sessions to Campus Rec and receive half back from Well U upon successfully completing the program—that’s only $8.57 per session!!!

Mediation Yoga with Gaby

Relax and distress naturally while getting a good body workout! Life is increasingly becoming emotionally, mentally and physical exhausting. Everybody nowadays seems to be so busy with their work and their life at home that they tend to forget to devote some time to just sit back, relax and unwind. They instead build up stress in them. Too much stress then can cause discomfort from a simple headache to cardiovascular ailments.
That is where the importance of Meditation comes in. Meditation is one of the Five Principles of Yoga. Practicing Meditation Techniques together with the Asanas and Pranayamas can give the one who practices it a number of different benefits such as creating a balance in the functions of both sides of the brain, stimulation of the entire nervous system, improved circulation, and even an improvement of one's memory.
We provide yoga mats if you don’t have one. Bring a towel and water bottle. (All levels welcome)

Gentle Yoga with Sarah

Gentle yoga and stretching focuses on proper alignment and safe execution of the postures.  Classes are light-hearted and welcoming, and the goal is for you to feel stronger, more relaxed, and more alive when you leave class than you did when you arrived.
Each person's yoga practice if very personal. The goal of yoga is not to be able to put your foot behind your head or to balance your entire body on one hand. Yoga is about releasing goals and releasing preconceived ideas of what your body can and cannot do. We breath, we move, we listen to our bodies, we work to be more calm, more centered, more energized. Every person does not have the same abilities, but every person does have the same fundamental needs to move, breath, and increase (or maintain) mobility.



Zumba® fuses hypnotic latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba® Fanatics achieve long term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exhilarating hour of caloric-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life! The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms, and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you've got Zumba®! Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes you can move and dance in (tennis shoes or dance sneakers) and bring a water bottle and a towel.

*If you only want to participate in the Faculty/Staff sponsored Wellness classes, then you will need to visit the Wellness Office for a Wellness class sticker. It will be placed on your Phoenix Card that indicates you attend the free classes. There will be no charge for your participation.

*If you want full access to all Group Exercise classes offered by Campus Recreation, including the Campus Recreation faculty/staff classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the fee is $20.00 and must be paid to Campus Recreation.