All Fitness Classes

Below are the schedules for the various fitness classes being offered Fall 2017.

The Fitness program has quickly grown into one of the most popular programs here at Willamette University. Traditionally, we have offered a variety of courses including: Yoga, Pilates, Cardio Kick, Water Aerobics, Step, Hip-Hop, Aikido, First Aid, African Dance, Salsa Dance, and many more.

The program is organized through the Campus Recreation department in a non-credit format. This allows students to try a new activity without being committed to a full course. However, the Fitness program works closely together with the Exercise Science department to meet the needs of the student body.

The Fitness program recruits the best professionals in the Salem/Keizer area to instruct the classes. These instructors bring a passion and enthusiasm that will inspire you to live and enjoy a healthy lifestyle as well as motivate you to achieve your fitness goals.

The program is designed into two five-week sessions of ten classes offered twice per semester. Any interested students, faculty or staff are welcome to sign up for any of the classes. Each class will have a non-refundable fee associated with it that will help cover instructor costs for that session. There is no attendance taken, so there is no pressure for you to attend every session. Although with our great instructors, you will be counting down the hours until your next class!

Course taught by: Debra Eshleman
  • Dates: Tue, Thur
  • Times: 4:10pm - 5:00pm
  • Registration: Begins 10/11/17 at 8:30am in Montag Center (Mon-Thur 8am-9pm, Fri 8am-6pm)
  • Start Date: October 24th 
  • Fee: $30 (non-refundable)
  • Location: MPR I | Sparks Center

Pilates' precise movements are designed to stretch and strengthen without adding bulk. These mat and apparatus exercises increase flexibility and coordination while strengthening the core muscles; focusing on the whole body rather than on body parts. The workout is both relaxing and revitalizing. This 45 minute class features a method of exercise works for everyone, regardless of age or condition. What to bring to class: yoga mat recommended for each class. Don't have one? Check one out for free at the Outdoor Program office in Montag!

Course taught by: Amira Lukens
  • Dates: Mon, Wed
  • Times: 5:10-6:00pm
  • Registration: Begins 10/11/17 at 8:30am in Montag Center (Mon-Thur 8am-9pm, Fri 8am-6pm)
  • Start Date: October 23rd
  • Fee: $20 (non-refundable)
  • Location: MPR I | Sparks Center

STRONG by Zumba revolutionizes Zumba® workouts as you know them, melding strong, upbeat rhythms with powerful, high intensity cardio and strength conditioning moves to fire your fitness potential up a notch! Think progressive resistance and overload, plyometrics, core and functional training using only your own body weight, all rolled into one dynamic, results- driven class, guaranteed to challenge your entire body, each and every workout! All fitness levels welcome.

Course taught by: Debra Eshleman
  • Dates: Tue, Thur
  • Times: 5:10pm - 6:00pm
  • Registration: Begins 10/11/17 at 8:30am in Montag Center (Mon-Thur 8am-9pm, Fri 8am-6pm)
  • Start Date: October 24th
  • Fee: $30 (non-refundable)
  • Location: MPR I | Sparks Center
Total Body Sculpt is a 45 minute resistance style class enabling you to achieve extra muscle tone, help re-shape your body, as well as increase strength, flexibility and endurance. All Levels are welcome. Please bring a mat to this class (free 24-hour mat check out is available in the outdoor program office - Montag - see hours here).
Course taught by: Michael Steinke
  • Dates: Mon, Wed
  • Times: 4:10pm - 5:00pm
  • Registration: Begins 10/11/17 at 8:30am in Montag Center (Mon-Thur 8am-9pm, Fri 8am-6pm)
  • Start Date: October 23rd
  • Fee: $30 (non-refundable)
  • Location: MPR I | Sparks Center

Yin Yoga is a slower moving practice where poses are held for a length of time (typically 3-5 minutes). Poses are generally practiced in a passive way, relaxing into postures combining body weight with gravity to assist in the opening process. Yin Yoga primarily targets connective tissue, making it a perfect complement to active styles of Yoga or physical exercise. Many poses in a Yin practice are recognizable from other styles of Yoga however the variation in approach brings different work to the body. The long holds and slow moving nature of a Yin practice is conducive to relaxation, meditation, and a fuller awareness of the body. All levels are welcome. Please bring a mat to this class (free 24-hour mat check out is available in the outdoor program office in Montag.

Course taught by: Amira Lukens
  • Dates: Tues, Thur
  • Times: 6:10pm - 7:00pm
  • Registration: Begins 10/11/17 at 8:30am in Montag Center (Mon-Thur 8am-9pm, Fri 8am-6pm)
  • Start Date: October 23rd
  • Fee: $20 (non-refundable)
  • Location: MPR I | Sparks Center

Zumba Fitness is a complete workout that combines cardio, muscle toning, balance, and flexibility into a high energy dance party! Dance away the stress of school and work with this interval-style class. Zumba is so fun that you will forget that you're even working out as you move to salsa, reggaeton, merengue, bachata, and cumbia rhythms. Open to all levels!