Movement that Matters

Wellness Program Exercise Classes for the staff and faculty of Whitman College

Enrollment Fee: $45 per 15-week session (on average)  ♦  75 classes per session (on average)

THREE separate sessions are offered per school year ($45 enrollment fee for each session):

Fall semester, Spring semester, and Summer

Download the printable enrollment form (PDF) and send it via Campus Mail to the Business Office (Mem 233) along with your check for $45 made out to “Whitman College.” Please drop off cash in person.

Family members who have current Whitman ID cards are also welcome to sign up for classes and are expected to also pay the $45 enrollment fee.

Calendar as PDF
2015SP session with added Step


Core Conditioning with Body Sculpting

A full body experience designed to build some muscle! With the use of resistance bands, physio balls, dumbbell weights and medicine balls, this fast paced and intense class is full of upper and lower body strength training, cardio, core and plyometric drills guaranteed to start your week the right way! What are you waiting for?

Instructor Stephen Garnett comes to Walla Walla from Arizona where he was a basketball and strength and conditioning coach for six years. He's an assistant coach on the Whitman men’s basketball team. Stephen is the founder/instructor of Overtime Training, an intense basketball program he created to work with the youth in the area on strengthening their skills but most importantly boost their confidence to an “I CAN” approach as opposed to “I think.” Garnett, a true fitness enthusiast, loves testing limits when it comes to physical training--from free weights to body weight push-ups, he's always trying to find new ways to make workouts as challenging and intense as possible!


Take time to gently stretch and relax through yoga poses that encourage the release of tension and the mind to let go. A focus on the breath (Prayanama) and traditional yoga poses (asanas) this class will start with a warm-up, move through Hatha yoga poses, some balance poses, and then end with meditation and relaxation (mindful consciousness).This class is designed for the busy person to relax and be refreshed, as well as give you a renewed sense of energy. Basic poses keep the class simple by design, but also allow anyone from novice to advanced practitioner to get into the yoga zone as you nurture mind, body and soul. Be forewarned: this class is addictive ... try it, we know you will love it!

(Tuesday evening) Yoga Instructor Allie Keppel 

(Friday noon hour) Yoga Instructor Rebecca Thorpe taught our indoor cycling class during the 2013-Fall MTM session; cycling and yoga are her favorite fitness classes to teach. In addition to her MTM classes, she also teaches yoga to Whitman's student body, as Adjunct Instructor of Sport Studies, with a B.A. from Gonzaga University and an M.A. from the University of Nevada.

Stretch & Strength, aka "Wise Exercise"

This class is aimed at advancement for participants who may be honoring an injury or a physical challenge. It features stretch, strength and balance in its repertoire, and will not disappoint! The class is 45 minutes, and will be taught in Sherwood Rm #223. Come dressed in clothes to move (no jeans) and layers that can be pared down. Light hand weights will be available, as will chairs which can be used as props for either standing or sitting. If you've been waiting for a class suitable for any fitness level, give this one a shot! It may be the perfect fit for you.

Instructor: Leslie Snyder

T'ai Chi

Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Ch’uan) is the perfect way to increase fluid range of motion without the heavy sweat or extreme exertion. Relax into the stillness at your center as you connect body and mind through a sequence of graceful, powerful movements. Reduce your stress, challenge your balance, and increase your strength!

T’ai chi’s  upright movements and controlled coordination mean the core and spine are very active. Even though movements seem calm, the continuing breathing and muscular rhythm will increase metabolism; blood circulation will increase and energy will flow throughout your whole body, and you will feel the benefit of a total mind-body experience. Leave class relaxed and energized. This is a practice anyone can learn and benefit from for the rest of their life!

Instructor, or "Sifu" Nick D’Antoni began his martial arts training in 1966, studying traditional Shotokan Karate and Judo. Over the years he studied a variety of disciplines, including boxing, yoga, zen, and other meditation practices, before discovering a “perfect fit” in the practice of t’ai chi ch’uan (taijiquan), which he has practiced and studied intensively for over 20 yrs. His studies include not only the traditional empty hand set but also I-Ch’uan (Yiquan), Hsing-I (Xingyi),  weapons, push hands, and the philosophy of taijiquan.

Nick began teaching taiji in 1997 and is the owner and senior teacher of the Wen Wu Walla School of Taijiquan here in Walla Walla. In addition to receiving the express permission to teach of his lineage holder, Master Y.C. Chiang, and his other teachers, Nick was among the first t’ai chi instructors ever certified by Guang Ping Yang T’ai Chi Association, and was granted a Lifetime Certification. He has presented workshops at numerous conferences, is also certified by the U.S.K.S.F. and the U.S.W.U., and has judged for the Internal Martial Arts divisions (t’ai chi forms, weapons, push-hands, etc.) at many national, international, and regional competitions.


One of the classes we've tried that didn't take off for some reason was spinning, or indoor cycling. A few of us hard-core spinners were sad that it wasn't being funded any longer, so we created "Spinning By Committee" on Wednesdays over the noon hour. It is a participant-led class of sweaty lunatics who just Can't Stop Spinning! Unlike previous MTM sessions, we are NOT calling ahead to reserve bikes (there's a limited number of spinning bikes in the BFFC Mezzanine, aka "upstairs"). Instead, we just go to BFFC and hope for the best. Worst case scenario is that there wouldn't be room for everyone to spin, but the overflow people would be at an amazingly equipped gym, in workout gear, and could conceivably find something else to get them sweaty.

Brought to you by the Fringe Benefits Committee of Whitman College in cooperation with Michele Hanford, Fitness Facilities Director

Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Please send an email to Debra Wright,