Movement that Matters

Wellness Program Exercise Classes & MORE 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.

MTM 2014-Spring Calendar

2014SP calendar without wk 1 Hanford


NEW! 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

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) Yoga Instructor Elizabeth Sparks has been practicing yoga since 1994, and teaching it since 2009. She completed her 200-hour teacher training through YogaFit® and is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher. Her varied background in movement includes experience instructing strength, conditioning, and dance, as well as yoga. Elizabeth’s teaching style is somewhat eclectic, with an emphasis on vinyasa style yoga – matching breath with movement to quiet the mind and rejuvenate the body. She enjoys sharing her love of yoga to students of all levels and abilities in a friendly environment.

(Friday) 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 our student body, as Adjunct Instructor of Sport Studies, with a B.A. from Gonzaga University and an M.A. from the University of Nevada.

Super Circuit

Want to get a great workout without breaking the "time bank" at the gym? This class features short bursts of intense physical exercise (called intervals) to tone muscles, burn fat, and produce those awesome endorphins. Intervals torch calories because they cause spikes in metabolism, which confuse your cells into releasing more energy.

Using the wonderful array of cardio and weight lifting equipment available in the BFFC Weight Room, this class is simply a series of 2-minute intervals of alternating strength training and cardio, with standing light flexibility stretching at the end. A total of 45 minutes - in and out!

Beginners are welcome! This class is low-impact with a low learning curve. You don't have to be in perfect shape to do it because of the unique atmosphere in which it is being taught.  However, if you like to work out hard and want the push, you can make it as challenging as you like.

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 the inspirational space of the Baker Center Skybox. 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: our own Michele Hanford


Love to walk for exercise, but can't take the cold breezes of winter? Join like-minded people who are walking or jogging around the upper level of the large gym in Sherwood during the noon hour on Tuesdays. Make a new walking buddy, or catch up with an old friend who works across campus and you never get to see! Walking seems like such a humble form of exercise, but it reaps great benefits, such as maintaining a healthy weight, helping prevent heart disease, strengthening your bones, and lifting your mood.


This self-directed group offers a supportive environment for people seeking to add some quiet, reflective time to their lives. This is not a class, but basic instruction on meditation is available at every session. The meditation lasts around 20 minutes and is silent, so each person can focus internally in his or her own way. The opportunity to stop, rest, and enjoy silence can be very restorative. The ability to get into full lotus position, while impressive, is definitely not required ... it's fine to sit in a chair!


Come climb at Whitman’s beginner-friendly wall without the usual crowds of students! You can climb with a partner on the vertical wall if you've already passed the top-rope climb and belay test. Even with no previous climbing experience, you can climb up the vertical wall with the auto belays. Equipment rentals are available at the wall but the cost is not included in the Movement That Matters registration fee (climbing shoes $3.50, harness $2.50, belay device $1).

The climbing wall is open to all students, staff and faculty for free! In addition to the hours that are open to all, the Movement That Matters program has arranged for one hour per week to be staff-and-faculty-only (see MTM session calendar, above). Please note that this is NOT a class, but simply an extra hour during the week that the wall is open for use by staff and faculty.

Please take a moment before you show up at the wall to familiarize yourself with the Rules & Policies of the Climbing Center. You will be asked to read and sign a Liability Waiver (available online for your preview). Bouldering is allowed without any equipment or training, but if you wish to engage in roped climbing, you must undergo a proficiency check and/or attend a basics clinic (see clinics schedule).

If you find that you love climbing and want MORE, please contact Sarah Hurlburt (at for information on a newly developed staff and faculty Climbing Club. This program proposes a once-a-week, 11-week course to be taught by a climbing wall student instructor for $85, which includes rental gear. This fee includes the basics clinic and belay test, which usually costs $15.

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

Comments? Questions? Suggestions? Please send an email to Debra Wright of the Fringe Benefits Committee,