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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 2018 Schedule

Class Day/s Time Location
Yoga Monday 4:30-5:30 p.m. Music/Dance Small Studio
Yoga (staff/faculty only) Tues/Thur Noon-12:50 p.m. Music/Dance Small Studio
Strength and Conditioning Monday Noon-12:50 p.m.  RCC/Gym
Circuit Training  Tuesday Noon-1:00 p.m.  Multisport Weight Room
Hiking (weather permitting) Wednesday Noon-1:00 p.m. Meet at Multisport
Shotokan Karate Club Tues/Thur 8:00-9:30 p.m. RCC/South Lounge
Spinning Friday Noon-12:50 p.m. RCC/2nd floor

Course Descriptions

Yoga (Mondays): 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 (Tuesdays/Thursdays) 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.

Strength and Conditioning (Mondays): During each weekly session you will utilize various techniques to improve your strength and conditioning without the use of weights.  

Circuit Training (Tuesdays): Circuit training is a form of body conditioning, endurance training, and resistance training using high-intensity. It targets strength building or muscular endurance.

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

Shotokan Karate Club (Tuesdays/Thursdays): 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. 

Spinning (Fridays):  Designed for all fitness levels, 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, offering an exhilarating cardiovascular workout. 

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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