Catalog 2022-2023

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 bocceball. This class is a must have for anyone who enjoys games of all kinds! 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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Boot Camp Training

This physical activity course offers an intermediate level physical conditioning that combines high–energy cardio respiratory activity with military style physical training to improve muscular endurance, cardio respiratory fitness, flexibility and body composition.

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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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Just A Minute

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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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Self Defense

This course offers participants the opportunity to learn how to handle themselves when threatened or when facing a potentially harmful situation that may require a physical altercation. Learning martial arts and self-defense not only helps you protect yourself when needed, it also builds confidence, a sense of well-being when you know what to do when threatened, and it helps you protect others. Participants LEARN, PRACTICE, and DEMONSTRATE various strikes, holds, and maneuvers that can potentially save their lives when threatened while receiving a good workout.

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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 focuses on core stability. This workout is challenging and always changing. Modifications are taught for people of all fitness levels.

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Feel the Beat

In this class students increase their fitness by doing hip hop, line dancing, step, and drumming all to the beat of the music.

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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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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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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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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. In this easy to learn game a paddle is used to hit a perforated plastic ball over a net. Pickleball creates a fun atmosphere to experience light hearted competition as well as team work.

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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. Some of these include stretching, breathing techniques, nature walks, and an introduction to the fitness center that will allow students to be comfortable in a exercise setting.

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Beginning Yoga

This class provides the foundation for students to develop positive habits and skills to rejuvenate and quiet the mind. The history and philosophy of yoga is introduced. This class rotates weekly between standing and seated poses, gentle back bends, introductory supported inversions, and twists. Reclined pranayama practice (extension/expansion of the breath) is introduced.

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Flow Yoga

This faster paced class is a good choice once a foundation in yoga has been established and for those who want to deepen their understanding of the eight limbs of yoga. Asana practice consists of standings, inversions, backbends, balancing, abdominal, and forward bending poses. Supported alternatives are given for ailments, stiffness, and/or injury. The philosophy of the yoga sutras is weaved throughout learning the physical postures. Reclined and seated pranayama (extension/expansion of the breath) is introduced.

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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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