Catalog 2020-2021

Physical Activity

Teaching Faculty

Physical Activities Coordinator: J. McCracken
Physical Activities Teaching Staff


General Information

Students are encouraged to develop and practice a lifestyle that promotes wellness, physical fitness and incorporates recreational activities on a regular basis. All students must meet the Physical Activity requirement unless exempted by the Physical Activities Coordinator.

Students can fulfill the physical activity requirement by receiving credit for two different physical activity classes offered at the College. Successful completion of a season of a varsity sport qualifies as one activity class for this purpose; however, no more than one physical activity requirement may be earned from particpation in a single varsity sport. Physical activity classes accrue .25 course credit per class. Note there is a limit of two course credits from partial credit courses that can be used toward the 32 courses required for graduation. Contact the Office of the Registrar or the Physical Activities Coordinator for more information.

Program Course Listings

The courses for this program are organized into the following categories:

Aquatic Physical Activities


Beginning Swimming

This class is designed for individuals who want to learn how to swim or improve their basic knowledge of all swim strokes. Instruction is given on freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly, and backstroke.

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Must be able to comfortably swim 25 yards. This physical activity class combines out of the water exercises (squats, pushups, running), swimming, and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to give you a versatile workout that blasts all the major muscle groups. Please have something you are comfortable running in and swimming in, and you may want to consider having goggles and/or a swim cap as well.

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Dance Physical Activities



Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — and resistance training.

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Zumba Toning

This is a Zumba class that combines the traditional music and dances of Zumba but puts extra emphasis on toning and sculpting to define those muscles.

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Tabata is a high intensity interval workout that follows a specific format: 20 seconds of high intensity exercise to 10 seconds of rest, for 8 times. This class is super fun, and each class session is varied to keep it exciting. Students are shown multiple ways to do an exercise so those who are beginners and those who are advanced can enjoy the class.

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Zumba Fitness

This class is a total Zumba workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

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Fitness Physical Activities


Game On

This class allows students to be physically active through various games like kickball, dodgeball, and capture the flag. A new game is introduced, taught, and played each week so that students learn how to work as a team in various forms.

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Weights in the WAC

Learning the skill of strength training by using a wide variety of equipment and techniques. The class is structured for any ability level from a beginner, someone who has never lifted free weights before, or the athlete who has a regular weight lifting program.

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Advanced Conditioning & Weights

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Workouts To Go

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Indoor Rock Climbing

This class is designed for beginner-intermediate climbers. The topics include climbing safety, equipment, belay technique, and proper form.

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Jogging & Fitness

This class is designed to give beginner through advanced runners workouts to help them improve their time and increase their running distance. Students receive daily workouts including tempo runs, distance runs, speed runs, and a few days of cross training.

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Advanced Indoor Rock Climbing

This class is designed for advanced climbers wanting to learn more about the sport and push themselves to improve on harder routes. It also covers bouldering, lead climbing, route setting, and rope care.

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This PA course focuses on core strength and full body fitness. Pilates trains the body as an integrated whole. This workout promotes strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion in the joints.

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Bamboo Staff

The bamboo staff form taught in this class is a modified kung fu sequence that requires no previous training. In addition to the form, we will learn different twirling techniques with the staff (which will be slightly taller than the student); a two-person drill; and a two-person empty-hand set. We will also practice chi kung to promote strength and stamina. It's a fun class that is active without being overly strenuous.

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Spin & Tone

This class is a great cardiovascular workout. Pedal through hill climbs, sprints, and many other challenging drills and exercises to increase lower body muscle tone.

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Cardio Chisel

This class is designed to incorporate all the major muscle groups while increasing heartrate through mixed aerobic exercises including high intensity intervals.

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This physical activity course is high intensity interval training a technique in which you give all out one hundred percent effort through quick intense bursts of exercise, followed short sometimes active recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and aids in burning more fat/calories in less time.

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Cardio and Core

This course offers participants the opportunity to improve their cardio endurance and build core strength through a variety of exercises. The course includes a wide range of total body moves using various equipment that train the body in ways that improve the overall look and feel of the body. This workout is challenging and always changing. Modifications are taught to include both beginners and athletes.

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Tai Chi

Tai chi is a unique martial art from China that combines self-defense skills with energy work (chi kung) to rejuvenate the body. Solid stances are counterbalanced by soft flowing movements in the upper body, increasing both strength and relaxation. The precision and focus demanded by the forms eventually lead the practitioner to experience his/her body on a deeper energetic level. It is a very relaxing art that heals both body and mind.

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Chi Kung

Chi kung is an ancient Chinese practice that stimulates life force (chi) and awakens the body's natural ability to heal itself. The movements are coordinated with breath and visualization to quiet the mind and expand awareness. Chi kung normalizes both physical and emotional imbalances and brings about a deep sense of relaxation and inner peace.

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Warrior Workouts

Warrior Workout is a combination of most of the class formats offered on our aerobics class schedule. This is a unique way to try before you commit per say. Each day is a different type of workout to keep things fresh and keep your body continually stimulated and engaged.

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TNT (Tighten & Tone)

This class focuses on toning the entire body through strength and resistance exercises using various types of equipment and training methods. All muscle groups are used in each class. It is perfect for those who are new to strength training, but can also be modified for the more advanced participants.

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This physical activity course fuses movements from Pilates and Yoga in a challenging fun way. You burn calories, tone muscles, work on balance, and get a great stretch! This class is a little different each time, but always great. Combining muscle-sculpting core firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga, we crank up speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body feeling fabulous and fatigued at the same time.

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This class is designed to incorporate all the major muscle groups while increasing heartrate through mixed aerobic exercises including high intensity intervals.

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Core and Stretch

This class focuses on strengthening core muscles with challenging exercises focusing on the abdominis, obliques, and lower back for the first part of the class. The last half of the class gives the body stretch and aids in muscle recovery and release.

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This class is a total body workout! We use resistance and cardio training techniques to improve your endurance and help you build strength. Circuit training allows you to fit a huge variety of movements into your workout-- meaning a full body challenge, and none of the boredom that can come with repetitive exercises. Plus, circuit training has all the metabolism and mood boosting benefits of standard resistance training-- just in a quicker format.

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Grit and Grind

Functional fitness using dumbbells, kettlebells, and body weight movements. High intensity interval training mixed with longer workouts makes every class different.

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Leisure Physical Activities



This class focuses on improving tennis form through individual and group instruction. The class also teaches students the rules and scoring involved in the sport.

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Team Physical Activities



A FUN class that is a combination of the elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The game is easy to learn and creates a fun atmosphere to experience light hearted competition as well as team work. It is played indoors with a paddle, a ball much like a Wiffle ball, and a three foot tall net.

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Wellness Activities


Personal Well-Being

This course examines mental and physical well-being and the connection between the two. The first half of the course includes the delivery of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training and a review of approaches to improving psychological health. The next three weeks cover diet and exercise. The remainder of the course involves creating and implementing a personal wellness plan. This course meets twice per week for 75 minutes through Week 11, after which students engage in course material by implementing their personal wellness plan. Students must purchase a MHFA manual through Dr. Lindsay Kennedy for $16.95. Instructor approval is required.

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Mindful Relaxation

Relaxation is defined as the state of being free from tension and anxiety. Students are taught different techniques of relaxation that help reduce stress. In return students enjoy a better quality of life.

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Beginning Yoga

In this physical activity course students explore the basic principles of Hindu Yoga. This includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific body postures and positions. This type of yoga is widely practiced for health and relaxation. Students learn the basic principles and fundamentals for practicing this type of yoga.

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Flow Yoga

The PA course is designed to help students learn to flow Yoga movements with breath from one to another safely. This provides a low impact workout that tones and elongates muscles with an emphasis on relaxation and breath control.

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Independent Physical Activities


IndSt: Physical Activity

This course offers students an opportunity to pursue interests in areas of study not typically offered by the department. Students must submit a written proposal to the physical activities coordinator at least one month before work commences.

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