Movement that Matters
Wellness Program Exercise Classes for the staff and faculty of Whitman College
Enrollment Fee: $45 per 15-week session (on average) ♦ 120 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.
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 is a certified yoga instructor (200 RYT) with the American Yoga Alliance, and holds a BA in Dance from the University of Washington. She began practicing Bikram Yoga in 2000 to support an intensive professional dance career, and later developed a more inclusive practice informed by Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga.
Allie completed her yoga teacher training at the Balance Yoga Institut in Frankfurt in 2011. She has taught Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga in both Germany and the United States, and understands yoga as a mind/body practice which encourages healing and wellness.
(Friday noon hour) Yoga Instructor Rebecca Thorpe taught our indoor cycling class during the 2013-Fall MTM session and our Stretch & Strength class during 2016-Summer. 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 non-impact class features stretch, strength and balance in its repertoire, and it will not disappoint! The class is 50 minutes and is taught in Sherwood Rm #223. Come dressed in clothes and shoes to move (no jeans). Light hand weights will be available as well as yoga mats for stretching. If you've been waiting for a dynamic class suitable for any fitness level, give this one a shot! It may be the perfect fit for you.
Instructor Jennifer Cedeno is a certified personal trainer and holistic nutritionist. Before moving to Walla Walla, she spent time pursuing a variety of health and fitness interests including coaching women's soccer at NYU, working and teaching fitness classes for staff at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, and working individually with clients to improve nutrition, fitness, stress levels and overall wellbeing. Jennifer is passionate about educating, empowering and guiding others toward optimal health.
Temporary Instructor Christel Joy Johnson (500 E-RYT or 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) has been stretching and strengthening fellow humans for most of her life at this point. She hails from the great state of Wisconsin and is so pleased to be back in a small town after 19 years of big cities. Most recently she trained in yoga and has taught everything from gymnastics, to movement for seniors, to yoga for trauma. She is so pleased to be able to fill in for the wonderful Jennifer Cedeno while she births a new being into this world. cjoyyoga.com
With a portable platform with height adjustable risers, you will do choreographed exercise routines up, onto, down and around the step for great cardio fitness, as well as exceptional training to shape the lower body. Your coordination will be tested at times, but instructor Michelle Hanford has been teaching this fun class for many years and she will help you figure it out!
SPINNING BY COMMITTEE:
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.
Tuesdays at noon (SUMMER: Mondays through Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:00 pm until mid-August), 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; please note that the cost is not included in the MTM $45 registration fee. Rental of climbing shoes $3.50, harness $2.50, belay device $1; proficiency tests are $10 and are offered Monday-Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The climbing wall is open to all students, staff and faculty for free! In addition to the hours that are open to all, there is one hour per week that is for staff and faculty only, Tuesdays from noon to 1:00 pm. Please note that this is NOT an MTM 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 basic Climbing Center Information. 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 to hear more about faculty/staff climbing opportunities, please join the Wall Rats listserv by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Deb Wright, WrightDL@whitman.edu.