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Drop-In Fitness Classes

OPRA offers several drop-in fitness classes five days a week. Nothing motivates you to get in shape or learn a new activity like a class with a great instructor!

Fall 2017 Schedule

Class Day/s Time Location
Strength and Conditioning Monday Noon-12:50 p.m. RCC
Yoga Mon/Wed 4:40-5:30 p.m. Music/Dance Small Studio
Yoga (staff/faculty only) Tues/Thur 12:05-12:55 p.m. Music/Dance Main Studio
Circuit Training Tuesday Noon-12:50 p.m. MultiSport
Kickboxing Tues/Thur 5:15-6:00 p.m. RCC/South Lounge
Hiking (after spring break) Wednesday Noon-12:50 p.m. Meet at Multisport
Spinning (on hold) Wed/Fri Noon-12:50 p.m. RCC
Shotokan Tues/Thur 8:00-9:30 p.m. RCC/South Lounge

Course Descriptions

Strength and Conditioning: This class utilizes various techniques to improve one's strength and conditioning without the use of weights. Class is especially good for those interested in improving strength for sports. All experience levels are welcome.

Yoga (Mon/Wed): Learn the basics of yoga practice, including asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), vinyasa (moving with the breath), philosophy and meditation. This class is intended for those new to yoga as well as those who've had experience, but are looking for a slightly less rigorous class. Please wear clothing you can move comfortably in and bring a yoga mat.

Yoga (Tuesday/Thursday) Staff/Faculty Only: An accessible yet vigorous practice focused on clear alignment, flowing movement, and breath awareness to calm the nervous system and provide an outlet for movement and relaxation. Please arrive a few minutes early to speak with the instructor if you are new.

Circuit Training: This course is appropriate for all age and ability levels, with a wide range of exercises and paces to select from. Circuit training combines high-volume repetitions with low resistance (weights), resulting in low-impact workouts with short rest intervals. Benefits of circuit training include: increased flexibility, endurance, muscle tone, strength, aerobic improvement, and potential weight loss! 

Kickboxing: Kickboxing is designed to get your heart rate going and for students to enjoy an emphasis on movement, agility, stress relief and proper technique in transference of striking energy. Bring a water bottle and wear clothing that allows full freedom of movement.

Hiking: Explore the many trails around the campus! Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. 

Spinning: Spinning is a group cycling class that guides participants through workout phases using music, warm-up, steady up-tempo cadences, sprints, climbs, and cool downs. You control resistance to make the pedaling as easy or difficult as you choose. This class is designed for all fitness levels, and involves various cycling drills that offer an exhilarating cardiovascular workout. The class also teaches proper form and interval training. Bring workout clothes, towel, and water bottle.

Shotokan Karate: Shotokan Karate is a martial art specializing in systems of blocking, striking, kicking, and making body movements without weapons. Combined with balance, timing and coordination single techniques are threaded together to create sequences of movement that imagine engaging with hypothetical opponents. These forms (kata) are karate's longest surviving lessons passed down from generation to generation. 

The division of administration and finance has welcomed the chance to provide funding for fitness classes, including yoga and hiking, in support of human resources and OPRA in their effort to provide a broader range of wellness offerings geared toward staff and faculty.

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