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We are pleased to provide a robust fitness and wellness program for Students, Faculty and Staff. With the assistance of Athletics, the Counseling Center, Student Activities and Human Resources, we have developed a flexible program to help you get and stay healthy.

The new schedule of classes starts on Monday, January 20th.

  • All Fitness and Wellness classes will be “drop-in.” No need to register in advance. Attending a class is as flexible as your schedule. The “drop-in” first come policy allows you to try or take classes regularly – there is no requirement to pay for and commit to a class for the full semester.
  • Classes are $3.00 and you pay at the beginning of each class using your Onecard account on your student ID card. Bring your ID to class and be sure you have funds available on your Onecard account.
  • Several classes will be offered FREE of charge.

Have you ever wondered what fitness equipment to use at the Buck Center and how? Starting on February 4th and every other Tuesday from 11:30 – 12:30 PM during the academic year, Neil Willey, Head Coach of Strength and Conditioning, will be available to provide an overview of and orientation to the training equipment available at the Buck Center. In addition, Coach Willey will be available to provide basic information related to initiating a work-out program within the Buck Center. Topics for discussion are likely to include operating instructions and suggested workout progressions for treadmills and related cardio equipment, as well as methods for effective and safe use of assisted and free weight training equipment in the Buck Center. Please contact Coach Willey in advance of attending a session in order to ensure an efficient orientation and discussion experience(nwilley@bowdoin.edu).

Bowdoin has negotiated discounts with our Community Partners and encourages students, faculty, staff to utilize their discounts.

If you have questions regarding our fitness class schedule, please contact Debbie Miller or Lorica Cummings in the Athletic Department office on the second floor of the Buck Center.


Spring Term:  January 20 - May 2   Show All Classes | Show Fitness Only | Show Wellness Only [Printable Version]

Monday

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Melissa Roberts

Instructor: Melissa Roberts | Bio

Melissa enjoys teaching all levels of yoga to people of all ages and abilities. Her yoga classes offer a flowing, structured, breath- and alignment-focused asana practice drawing from training in a variety of disciplines including Ashtanga, Anusara, Baptiste, Kripalu, and Vinyasa.Read More

Melissa Roberts
7:00am- 8:00am
Room 301

HIIT Squad

Lisa Hall

Instructor: Lisa Hall | Bio

High Intensity Interval Training is a total body aerobic and strength conditioning workout. This interval-based class combines full-body strength training with high intensity cardio bursts designed to improve your endurance (e.g. lunges, kettle-bell swings, jumping rope). This workout can be modified to fit anyone’s fitness needs from beginner to advanced.

Lisa Hall
12pm - 1:00pm
Room 213

Slow Flow Yoga

Lucretia Woodruff

Instructor: Lucretia Woodruff | Bio

This class will focus on alignment and sequencing of poses in the Vinyasa style. With time to concentrate and look at each pose as it naturally flows into a sequence of twists, side bends, back bends, forward bends and balance poses. For beginners to practiced students.

Lucretia Woodruff
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 301

Step and Core

Nya McCarthy-Brown

Instructor: Nya McCarthy-Brown | Bio

Use the step platform to keep your mind busy and your heart pumping. This class has beginning-to-intermediate intensity and choreography. This is a good place for you if you want a solid cardio workout.

Nya McCarthy-Brown
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 213

Deep Stretch Restorative Yoga

Lucretia Woodruff

Instructor: Lucretia Woodruff | Bio

This class will focus on deeply stretching the hips, hamstrings and spine. By relaxing into poses for longer periods, and allowing the breath and concentration to help the student let go and relax into the pose, this allows the body and mind to unwind and release tension. For all levels.

Lucretia Woodruff
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 301

Meditation Training and Practice - no charge

Tobey Sifton

Instructor: Toby Sifton | Bio

Weekly basic mindfulness meditation practice and instruction, using the cycle of breathing as the object of focus, for simple relaxation of the body, the development of mindfulness of the present moment to reduce stress, and simply being to enjoy life. Regular attendance is encouraged to develop the technique but drop-in practice is always welcome.

Toby Sifton
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 302

Tuesday

Morning Meditation - no charge

Scott Staples
7:30am-8:00am
Room 302

Tai Chi

Ken Ryan

Instructor: Ken Ryan | Bio

T’ai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is an ancient Chinese martial art gaining increased notoriety for its myriad of health benefits. Based on Chinese Medicine and Qigong, T’ai Chi balances internal energy, strengthens muscle and connective tissue, improves balance, and teaches power and efficiency in movement and stillness. Read More

Ken Ryan
11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 301

Yoga Breaks

Leslie Joy Simmons

Instructor: Leslie Joy Simmons | Bio

Moderate Level: We will begin centering, move into some dynamic warm ups and breath work followed by a series of postures that invite both flexibility and strength. Begin your afternoon feeling energized and centered.

Leslie Joy Simmons
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 301

Core Pilates - All Levels

Cindy Carraway Wilson

Instructor: Cindy Carraway Wilson | Bio

We all know that any real program designed to make a serious change must go straight to the core! Mat Pilates classes strengthen and tone all of the body's core muscles through targeted exercises. Read More

Cindy Carraway-Wilson
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 213

Zumba Fitness

Bea Blakemore

Instructor: Bea Blakemore | Bio

Zumba Fitness is a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation! Zumba® exercise classes are “fitness-parties " that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration.

Bea Blakemore
4:30pm - 5:15pm
Room 213

Intro to Spin

Kim Finethy

Instructor: Kim Finethy | Bio

Spin is a closed chain activity offering maximum training benefits with low impact. Ideal for the elite, recreational, rehabbing and beginning athlete alike. Come one, come all! I'd love to ride with you!

Kim Finethy
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 213

Meditation - Ordinary Magic - no charge

Bernie Hershberger

Instructor: Bernie Hershberger | Bio

"Ordinary Magic" How do we find the sacred in our everyday lives? Come practice meditation and mindfulness to embody an awakened life - exactly where we live. Open to the idea of the miraculous in the mundane realities of our lives. The class will include guided and open-ended meditation practice for both beginners and advanced practitioners.

Bernie Hershberger
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 302

Wednesday

Moderate Kripalu Yoga

Gabrielle Copley

Instructor: Gabrielle Copley | Bio

This class includes yogic postures, breath work, and meditation to create a well balanced mind and body. We will strengthen and stretch the body, relieve emotional and mental tension, and bring balance to the nervous system and the endocrine system. This class will leave you ready to head out into the day with a renewed sense of vitality. Open to all levels.

Gabrielle Copley
7:00am - 8:00am
Room 301

Tai Chi - no charge

Ken Ryan

Instructor: Ken Ryan | Bio

T’ai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is an ancient Chinese martial art gaining increased notoriety for its myriad of health benefits. Based on Chinese Medicine and Qigong, T’ai Chi balances internal energy, strengthens muscle and connective tissue, improves balance, and teaches power and efficiency in movement and stillness. Read More

Ken Ryan
12pm - 1:00pm
Room 301

HIIT Squad

Lisa Hall

Instructor: Lisa Hall | Bio

High Intensity Interval Training is a total body aerobic and strength conditioning workout. This interval-based class combines full-body strength training with high intensity cardio bursts designed to improve your endurance (e.g. lunges, kettle-bell swings, jumping rope). This workout can be modified to fit anyone’s fitness needs from beginner to advanced.

Lisa Hall
12pm - 1:00pm
Room 213

Core Pilates - All Levels

Maurine Joy

Instructor: Maurine Joy | Bio

We all know that any real program designed to make a serious change must go straight to the core! Mat Pilates classes strengthen and tone all of the body's core muscles through targeted exercises. Read More

Maurine Joy
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 213

Intro to Fitness

Ida Messerman

Instructor: Ida Messerman | Bio

This beginner class will help a new exerciser feel comfortable using fitness equipment with a program that is easy to follow. All in a semi-private setting - make that first step in a healthy life style.

Ida Messerman
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 213

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Lucretia Woodruff

Instructor: Lucretia Woodruff | Bio

This class combines breath and yoga postures in a sequenced rhythm that allows the students to move into more challenging poses like twists, backbends, and arm balances, as we warm the body and build on each pose. For all levels.

Lucretia Woodruff
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Room 301

Step and Sculpt - All Levels

Nya McCarthy-Brown

Instructor: Nya McCarthy-Brown | Bio

Use the step platform to keep your mind busy and your heart pumping. This class has beginning-to-intermediate intensity and choreography. This is a good place for you if you want a solid cardio workout.

Nya McCarthy-Brown
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 213

Deep Stretch Restorative Yoga

Lucretia Woodruff

Instructor: Lucretia Woodruff | Bio

This class will focus on deeply stretching the hips, hamstrings and spine. By relaxing into poses for longer periods, and allowing the breath and concentration to help the student let go and relax into the pose, this allows the body and mind to unwind and release tension. For all levels.

Lucretia Woodruff
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 301

Meditation for Happiness and Wellbeing - no charge

Lisa Blake

Instructor: Lisa Blake | Bio

True presence is the birthplace of happiness, creativity, and infinite possibilities. Breath is the gateway into awareness. Meditation supports physical, emotional and psychological health by introducing a technique to encourage relaxation and living in the present moment. Read More

Lisa Blake
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 302

Thursday
Tobey Sifton

Instructor: Toby Sifton | Bio

Weekly basic mindfulness meditation practice and instruction, using the cycle of breathing as the object of focus, for simple relaxation of the body, the development of mindfulness of the present moment to reduce stress, and simply being to enjoy life. Regular attendance is encouraged to develop the technique but drop-in practice is always welcome.

Toby Sifton
7:30am-8:00am
Room 302

Tai Chi

Ken Ryan

Instructor: Ken Ryan | Bio

T’ai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is an ancient Chinese martial art gaining increased notoriety for its myriad of health benefits. Based on Chinese Medicine and Qigong, T’ai Chi balances internal energy, strengthens muscle and connective tissue, improves balance, and teaches power and efficiency in movement and stillness. Read More

Ken Ryan
11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 301

Yoga Breaks

Leslie Joy Simmons

Instructor: Leslie Joy Simmons | Bio

Moderate Level: We will begin centering, move into some dynamic warm ups and breath work followed by a series of postures that invite both flexibility and strength. Begin your afternoon feeling energized and centered.

Leslie Joy Simmons
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 301

Zumba

Bea Blakemore

Instructor: Bea Blakemore | Bio

Zumba Fitness is a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation! Zumba® exercise classes are “fitness-parties " that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration.

Bea Blakemore
4:30pm - 5:15pm
Room 213

Yin Yoga

Gabrielle Copley

Instructor: Kate Nicholson | Bio

Yin yoga is a perfect complimentary practice to all athletic endeavors and more physically oriented yoga practices. Yin yoga can feel like a very deep stretching class as we tend to hold poses for 3-5 minutes in order to access denser layers of the body, primarily tendons, ligaments and fascia for deep transformation and healing. This class is meditative, introspective and often very stress-reducing. Yin yoga is appropriate for just about all bodies and levels of yoga experience.

Kate Nicholson
5:15pm - 6:15pm
Room 301

Spin City

Kim Finethy

Instructor: Kim Finethy | Bio

Spin is a closed chain activity offering maximum training benefits with low impact. Ideal for the elite, recreational, rehabbing and beginning athlete alike. Come one, come all! I'd love to ride with you!

Kim Finethy
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 213

Friday

Yoga Sanctuary

Leslie Joy Simmons

Instructor: Leslie Joy Simmons | Bio

Combine yoga with deep reflection as we clear out the stresses of the week. This class includes a 25 minute relaxation practice cultivating a rich experience of alpha mind-our relaxed and creative place in which deep healing of subconscious beliefs can be manifest as we learn to relax on all levels.

Leslie Joy Simmons
8:30am - 10:00am
Room 301

Core and Spin for All

Ida Messerman

Instructor: Ida Messerman | Bio

Have fun with some indoor cycling to some great music followed by core and flexibility.

Ida Messerman
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 213

Tabata Training

Ida Messerman

Instructor: Ida Messerman | Bio

This class is based on HIIT- a High Intensity Interval Training program. Utilizing different equipment then moving from one station to another for an amazing workout.

Ida Messerman
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 213

Qi Gong - no charge

Stephanie Holmes

Instructor: Stephanie Holmes | Bio

Qigong is an ancient Chinese art that utilizes posture, breathing, and mind-intention to cultivate the vital energy of the body for the purpose of healing and maintaining health and vitality. A cornerstone of traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong has been described as “acupuncture without the needles” ...Read More

Stephanie Holmes
Judy Montgomery
5:00pm- 6:00pm
Room 301