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FALL 2014 Wellness Programs

 

Physical Programs

Masters Swim

The Babson Masters Swim Program is a swim program for adults.Some people use it for fitness or to have fun, while others use it to train to compete in swim meets or other competitions such as triathlons.  Each practice is guided by a swim coach, and instruction and feedback are offered to participants.
 
Who: Adults (Babson community members) who are relatively competent swimmers.
 
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-7:15am beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014 and ending Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 12-12:45 p.m. 
 
How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar Master Swim event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).

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, September 9, 2014 and ending Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 12-12:45 p.m. 

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, September 10, 2014 and ending on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. 

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). 

Beginner/Intermediate 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, September 2, 2014 and ending on Tuesday, December 23, 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).

Advanced Core Boot Camp (ACBC)

Advanced Core Boot Camp is a 50-minute, two day a week advanced conditioning program that focuses on reaching levels of fitness beyond what a standard Boot Camop will typically yield.  Many of the techniques are direct from Kevin Kearns' "Burn with Kearns" Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) conditioning program.  Instructors Sonny and Michael Romano will utilize many of the training techniques used by professional UFC/MMA fighters.  The class is a challenge but a lot of fun and as a bonus attendees will learn the basics of defending themselves while they get into trememdous physical condition.
 
Who: Any Babson employee who is looking to take their workout to the next level.
 
When: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:20 a.m. in the Chandor Dance Studio beginning on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and ending on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
 
How: Participants may attend class as often as they would like. Those interested in participating should register through the Babson Calendar ACBC 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: Fridays from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Lunder Fitness Room beginning on Friday, September 5, 2014 and ending on Friday, December 19, 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, September 2, 2014 and ending on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

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: Fridays from 12-1 p.m. starting Friday, September 5, 2014 and ending on May 29, 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: Tuesdays September 16, 23, and 30 and October 7, 14, and 21, 2014 from 7:45-9:45 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.
 

Babson Walkers to Runners Programs

Would you like to participate in a 5k this year? Prepare for a Turkey Trot running event? Or simply get some exercise, fresh air, stress relief, camaraderie and fun?  If your answer is yes to any of the above, then please come and join the Babson Walkers to Runners program!  along with the guided weekly walk/runs, participants will also be given a suggested workout schedule to follow each week on their own or with other walk/runners.  At the completion of the program, participants will be motivated and physically prepared to run a 5k!
 
Who: The program is for walkers who would like to progress to running, and beginner/intermediate runners who would like to participate in weekly group workouts. 
 
When: This 9 week program consists of weekly walk/runs on Wednesdays, starting on September 17, 2014 and ending on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.  These training sessions meet at the Webster Center (bottom of the stairs next to to student desk) at 12 noon and last for about 50 minutes. The majority of the workouts will be held outdoors, so please dress accordingly.
 
How: Participants may attend as often as they would like. Anyone interested in participating should register through the Babson Walk/Runners Calendar event (we would like to be able to notify participants of any changes or cancellations that may arise).
 
 

Seminars

Managing Work & Caregiving Seminar

Handling work and the care of an aging family member can be very demanding. Employed caregivers can feel trapped between their caregiving responsibilities and demands of their job. This seminar addresses the following: 
  
• What are important aspects for caregivers to understand about the aging process?
• What types of resources are available for working caregivers and how are these supports best utilized?
• How can caregivers develop strategies to effectively cope with multiple and conflicting demands while still finding time to relax? 
 
Who:    Anyone!
When:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 12noon-1:00pm in Nichols 170.
How:     If you are interested in signing up please register through the Babson Calendar Work & Caregiving event.

Eating Healthy for All Ages

Do you find that you can't eat what you used to when you were 20, 30, or 40?  Of course we know that eating healthy is important for all ages and stages of life.  But did you know that your body undergoes dramatic changes through the years and what worked for you at age 25 may not work for you now?  This class will focus on the best nutrition and exercise for the different phases of your life so that you can have continued energy, health and overall wellness.      
Instructor Julianne McLaughlin is a Certified Weight Loss and Nutrition Counselor, a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Spin Instructor.  Find out more about Julianne and Whole New U at www.wholenewu.org
Who:    Anyone!
When:  Monday, October 6, 2014 from 12noon-1:00pm in Nichols 170.
How:     If you are interested in signing up please register through the Babson Calendar Eating Healthy event.

Exercising for the Ages

I never exercise, is it too late for me to start?  I love to exercise, but I find its not keeping the weight off anymore, what am I doing wrong?   What's too much exercise for someone my age and what's too little? Do any of these sound familiar?  Exercise and physical activity is critical for all ages, but it can get confusing with all the hype and information out there about what you should be doing.  This class will focus on the four main types of exercise, what exercises will help you build strength, what's good for your cardiovascular system, how important stretching is and why exercise is critical to longevity and overall well-being.   Bring your sneakers, water bottle and a beach towel or mat for a light workout!
Instructor Julianne McLaughlin is a Certified Weight Loss and Nutrition Counselor, a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Personal Trainer, Pilates, and Spin Instructor.  Find out more about Julianne and Whole New U at www.wholenewu.org
Who:    Anyone!
When:  Monday, October 27, 2014 from 12noon-1:00pm in Glavin Family Chapel.
How:     If you are interested in signing up please register through the Babson Calendar Exercising for the Ages event.

Stretching through the Ages

Stretching our bodies improves balance, increases mobility, decreases injury and feels good! As we progress through the ages, incorporating stretching into our lifestyles is an important component in staying active and healthy.
Join Michele Craemer for this hands-on seminar to learn and participate in safe and effective stretches that can be done at any age. Be sure to wear loose clothing and appropriate footwear in order to perform the stretches comfortably.
Who:    Anyone!
When:  Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 12noon-1:00pm in Glavin Family Chapel.
How:     If you are interested in signing up please register through the Babson Calendar Stretching through the Ages event.

Weight Watchers

Babson would like to be able to offer a fall Weight Watchers program for employees!  If you are interested in participating and have not contacted HR already, please email hr@babson.edu. The class will only run if we are able to meet the minimum number of required participants (15) and the class would be one hour in length with the time and day of the week TBD.
 
 
Babson Webster Center:  http://www.babsonathletics.com/information/facilities/webstercenter