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SUMMER 2014 Wellness Programs

Physical Programs

Zumba®

The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Originally created by Alberto “Beto” Perez in Columbia, Zumba is a Latin inspired dance fitness class that combines interval training sessions with fast and slow rhythms to sculpt and tone your body while burning fat. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, and to get hooked. Zumba fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in every calorie-burning, body-energizing class. This class is perfect for all fitness levels and no dance experience is necessary!

So, join Dawn George, certified dance and Zumba instructor, as she leads you through the latest in fitness fun. What are you waiting for? Ditch the workout....join the party!

Who: Any employee who wants to get into shape and have lots of fun while they do it!

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Tuesday, June 3, 2014 and ending Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 12-12:45 p.m.  Please note: On June 3 and 5, class will take place in the Sorenson Rehearsal Studio.  All other classes will take place in the Chandor Dance Studio.

How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Zumba event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

Yoga

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual exercise that has been known to increase flexibility, strengthen muscles and provide relaxation. Join Dawn George as she takes you through a series of slow yoga poses to help you relax and unwind from the stress of the day. This class is perfect for all fitness levels and no experience is necessary.

Who: Anyone!

When: Wednesdays from 12-12:45 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 and ending on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  Please note: On June 4, class will take place in the Sorenson Rehearsal Studio.  All other classes will take place in the Chandor Dance Studio.

How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Yoga event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise). 

Boot Camp

Boot Camp is a 50-minute, two day a week program designed to improve your cardio endurance, build strength and induce weight loss. The personalized approach to group exercise makes the class fun and motivating in pursuit of results and your personal goals. Instructor Craig Paris uses a variety of body weight exercises, resistance bands, agility drills, running, and plyometric training to activate multiple muscle groups and burn the maximum amount of calories during class.

Who: Any Babson employee who is looking to take their workout to the next level. Please note that class is appropriate for those just beginning as well as those who have participated before.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:20 a.m. in the Chandor Dance Studio beginning on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 and ending on Thursday, August 28, 2014.

How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Bootcamp event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

InnerCity Weightlifting

Need a little extra motivation to accomplish your fitness goals? Join us for small group training sessions led by the trainers from InnerCity Weightlifting as they guide you through a workout designed especially for you.

Who: Any Babson employee who is looking for a more personal/one on one approach to working out.

When: Thursdays from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Lunder Fitness Room beginning on Thursday, June 12, 2014 and ending on Friday, August 28, 2014.

How: This class is limited to a maximum of 20 participants and those who sign up must commit to the full session. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar InnerCity event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

“Come as You Are” Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a gentle exercise for body and mind. With its roots in Chinese martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi uses slow and gentle movements to build your balance, strength, flexibility and focus. No matter your age or physical condition, you can practice Tai Chi. Scientific studies support the effectiveness of Tai Chi in improving the lives of people with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Most of all, Tai Chi is relaxing and fun. So come as you are, in comfortable clothes, with flat-soled shoes. You will learn the basic principles of Tai Chi as well as exercises and a short form you will be able to practice on your own. The course will be taught by faculty member Carolyn Hotchkiss, who has studied Yang and Sun style Tai Chi for five years, and is certified to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis.

Who: Any Babson employee who is interested in exploring Tai Chi. The class is appropriate for those just beginning as well as those who have practiced before.

When: Tuesdays from 12-12:45 p.m. at the Glavin Family Chapel starting Tuesday, June 3, 2014 and ending on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Tai Chi event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

Meditation

This weekly meditation class will be led by Babson’s Meditation Instructor, Chris Scheller, who will guide participants through a variety of accessible, secular meditation techniques adapted from the Buddhist tradition. These simple and direct practices cultivate relaxation, mindfulness, and basic wellbeing. By relaxing tension and opening to our sensory experience through these techniques, participants will learn new means of working with stress, difficult emotions, physical discomfort, and the challenges we encounter in our lives. This class is suitable for any experience level.

Chris trained to teach meditation at Harvard University, where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 2009. He concentrated his studies on the intersection of meditation and psychology, as well as the history of meditation practices within the Buddhist tradition. He has studied at various ashrams and monasteries in India and the USA including the Tushita Meditation Centre, the Insight Meditation Society, the Zen Peacemakers, and lived and studied at the Cambridge Zen Center.

Who: Anyone!

When: Thursdays from 12-12:45 p.m. starting Thursday, June 5, 2014 and ending on August 28, 2014 in the Glavin Family Chapel.

How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Meditation event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

R.A.D. for Women

The Rape Aggression Defense system is a 12 hour program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women.  The R.A.D. course is a free, comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk education, and risk avoidance.  After this, the system progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training.
 
Taught by Babson College Officers who are nationally certified R.A.D. instructors, this course will develop and enhance the options of self-defense so they may become viable considerations for a woman who is attacked.
 
Who: FOR WOMEN ONLY
 
When: August 4-8, 2014 from 12 noon-1:30 p.m. each day in the Chandor Dance Studio. 
 
How: Participants must be able to attend all classes and should contact Babson College Public Safety R.A.D. Instructor Fred Winslow: fwinslow@babson.edu. Participants should feel free to bring their lunch/water and wear workout clothes.
 

Lunchtime Hockey

Escape the heat this summer by joiing your colleagues for lunchtime hockey at the Babson Skating center.
 
Who: Anyone!
 
When: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-1pm at the Babson Skating Center. 
 
How: Participants may attend as often as they would like.