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 Whitman ID cards are also welcome to sign up for classes and are expected to also pay the $45 enrollment fee.
Please NOTE: the only class that is limited by equipment is spinning, so those classes are conducted on a First-Come- First-Serve basis. Paying the enrollment fee does NOT guarantee that there will be room in the class!
On the day of spinning class, participants are asked to call the BFFC service desk (526-4729), and sign up for that day. (During the Summer session, participants can call the day before class, since the service desk doesn't open until 11 a.m. when the students are on break.) The first 10 people to call will be ‘enrolled’ for that day. If you didn't call in time to get a spot in class, you are welcome to dress for the class and go to BFFC. After 5minutes of class, any no-show's will give up their spots to walk-in's.
NEW! T'ai Chi -- new in Fall 2013 for "mini" session of seven weeks
Taught by seasoned instructor Nick D'Antoni (over 20 yrs of study and 15 of teaching t’ai chi and other martial arts), 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 own 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 the last 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!
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.
Spin your legs on an exercise bike while music is beating and hearts are pumping! Enjoy the ride as your instructor takes you through various workout phases of warm-up, up-tempo cadence, sprints, and climbs. You control the resistance on your bike, so you can make it as hard or easy as you prefer. Due to equipment restrictions, this class is limited to 10 participants on a sign-in sheet the day before class (call the BFFC service desk 526-4729 on Monday to sign up for the Tuesday class; first-come-first-serve). Accordingly, this class is limited to those who have paid the $45 registration fee—no guests please.
Instructor: Rebecca Thorpe has taught indoor cycling classes since 2001. Cycling and yoga are her favorite fitness classes to teach. She recently renewed her certification with Schwinn and is re-energized with new formats and music to burn calories, build muscle, improve cardiovascular output, and above all – have fun.
Come climb at Whitman’s new, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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, email@example.com.