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Get involved and have fun!

Welcome back to another fun semester of recreation! Are you looking to get started on your fitness goals? Or are you looking to stay in shape? Our fitness classes are designed for all fitness levels and with no prior experience necessary. Eastern offers recreational programming ranging from Zumba to interval training. Our goal is to create a fun and encouraging environment through fitness for our Eastern community. 

This semester we are offering a hybrid model of both in person and virtual opportunities. All in person fitness classes will be held at the Mansfield Athletic Complex Turf, and all virtual fitness classes will be held through WebEx.

Recreation Programs Fall 2020

  • yoga class

    Join certified yoga instructor Kelly Madenjian for a mindful moving vinyasa yoga flow with classical moves to practice balance, flexibility and strength.

    All fitness levels are welcome and encouraged. Bring a yoga mat, a water bottle and wear workout clothes. A valid Eastern ID is required upon entrance.

    Instructor: Coach Kelly is currently an adjunct professor at Eastern for the Kinesiology and Physical Education Department. In addition, Kelly is a Social Ballroom Dance, Fitness and Yoga instructor. She is 7-time USA Dance National Ballroom Rhythm and American Nine Dance Champion. She has designed and teaches Salsa Fit, a cardio dance workout class and Dance Your Yoga Flow, a vinyasa power flow to music infused with classical dance training techniques. Kelly also does community adult and children’s theater as an actress, choreographer and director.

    Scheduled Meeting dates: Mondays 12-1 p.m.
    Mansfield Athletic Complex Turf Field
    September 14, 21, 28
    October 5, 12, 19, 26

    Virtual Yoga classes: Wednesdays 5-6 p.m.
    November 11, 18, 25
    December 4
    Virtual fitness class login information has been emailed out to all Eastern students, faculty & staff.

    Sponsored by the Department of Athletics, Division of Student Affairs
    Free of Charge for Eastern Students, Faculty and Staff.
    *** Please bring your valid Eastern ID to all fitness classes ***
    If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator of Intramural & Recreation, Rosamaria Riccobono at riccobonor@easternct.edu

  • bootcamp class

    Join Coach Rankin for a 45-minute bodyweight workout that will help you regain strength and mobility, all while training with an awesome group of (socially distanced) people!

    All levels of fitness are welcomed and encouraged. No prior experience is required. Bring a towel and water bottle. A valid Eastern ID is required upon entrance.

    Instructor: Coach Rankin is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. Currently, she serves as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Eastern. Rankin came to Eastern from the University of Kentucky, where she served as assistant strength & conditioning coach. Rankin has also worked at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Arkansas and Oklahoma State University. Rankin earned her M.S. Degree in Health and Human Performance from Oklahoma State in 2008.

    Virtual Boot Camp classes: Mondays 12-1 p.m.
    November 7, 14, 21
    Virtual fitness class login information has been emailed out to all Eastern students, faculty & staff.

    Sponsored by the Department of Athletics, Division of Student Affairs
    Free of Charge for Eastern Students, Faculty and Staff.
    *** Please bring your valid Eastern ID to all fitness classes ***
    If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator of Intramural & Recreation, Rosamaria Riccobono at riccobonor@easternct.edu

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    It's Zumba Time!
    Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval and resistance training — alternating fast and slow rhythms.

    All levels of fitness are welcomed and encouraged. No prior experience is required. Bring a towel and water bottle. A valid Eastern ID is required upon entrance.

    Instructor
    : Coach Liz is a music teacher by day, and Zumba instructor by night. Liz has been teaching Zumba classes since 2011. She is a certified group exercise instructor through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America and holds many Zumba specialty licenses, including Zumba Toning; Zumba Gold; Zumba; Zumba Sentao; and Zumba Step. Liz is also been trained in BOSU, as well as TRX Suspension Training and TRX Rip Training.

    Scheduled Meeting dates: Thursdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Mansfield Athletic Complex Turf Field
    In Person: 9/10, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29
    Virtual: 9/27, 10/1

    All virtual fitness information has been emailed to all Eastern students, faculty and staff. Login information may be found on the Microsoft Teams App under, “Athletics – Intramurals and Recreation.”

    Sponsored by the Department of Athletics, Division of Student Affairs
    Free of Charge for Eastern Students, Faculty and Staff.
    *** Please bring your valid Eastern ID to all fitness classes ***
    If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator of Intramural & Recreation, Rosamaria Riccobono at riccobonor@easternct.edu

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    Join Coach Erica for a class that is structure to be a high intensity dance style fitness workout!

    All levels of fitness are welcomed and encouraged. No prior experience is required. Handheld weights and a yoga mat are recommended but not required. Fitness classes are free for all Eastern students, faculty, and staff. Bring a towel and water bottle. A valid Eastern ID is required upon entrance.

    Instructor: Coach Erica is originally from South Windsor, CT where she graduated from the University of Connecticut. Erica is a certified Barre instructor, professional dancer, and the founder/creative director of Higher Ground Core a fitness studio located in South Windsor, CT. Teaching fitness classes is easy for Coach Erica and her goal is to make sure you feel comfortable while achieving your fitness goals.

    Virtual Dance Fitness classes: Tuesday 3-4 p.m. & Thursday 7-8 p.m.
    November 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 
    Virtual fitness class login information has been emailed out to all Eastern students, faculty & staff.

    Sponsored by the Department of Athletics, Division of Student Affairs
    Free of Charge for Eastern Students, Faculty and Staff.
    *** Please bring your valid Eastern ID to all fitness classes ***
    If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator of Intramural & Recreation, Rosamaria Riccobono at riccobonor@easternct.edu

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    Core Barre is built to energize and tone your entire body. This class is inspired, and custom designed with Pilates, ballet-inspired movement, resistance training and yoga. By using the barre and exercise equipment regularly, you will notice a remarkable improvement in your balance, core strength, elongation of muscles and posture. At home it is suggested to use your kitchen countertop/chair/ bathroom sink instead of a barre in class.

    All levels of fitness are welcomed and encouraged. No prior experience is required. Fitness classes are free for all Eastern students, faculty and staff. A valid Eastern ID is required upon entrance.

    Instructor
    : Coach Erica is originally from South Windsor, CT where she graduated from the University of Connecticut. Erica is a certified Barre instructor, professional dancer and the founder/creative director of Higher Ground Core a fitness studio located in South Windsor, CT. Her credits include but are not limited to Chicago (LIZ), Carnival Cruise Lines, MTV 2, Good Morning America, The Purge Election Year, Hallmark Channel, Connecticut Lottery Commercial, The Peabody Awards, China tour, and the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center, NYC. Teaching fitness classes is easy for Coach Erica and her goal is to make sure you feel comfortable while achieving your fitness goals.

    Virtual Core Barre classes: Fridays 12-1 p.m.
    October 14, 23, 30
    November 6, 13, 20
    Virtual fitness class login information has been emailed out to all Eastern students, faculty & staff.

    Sponsored by the Department of Athletics, Division of Student Affairs
    Free of Charge for Eastern Students, Faculty and Staff.
    *** Please bring your valid Eastern ID to all fitness classes ***
    If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator of Intramural & Recreation, Rosamaria Riccobono at riccobonor@easternct.edu

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    Walk/Run club is a program designed to assist our Eastern community in training for Connecticut’s Colligate Virtual 5k in October. Coach Danielle will guide you in your approach to running and assist you in achieving your personal goal. This is a fun environment that will be geared towards walkers, joggers, runners or sprinters. Those who would like to walk/run and wish to not participate in our virtual 5k are also welcomed!

    All levels of fitness are welcomed and encouraged. No prior experience is required. Bring a towel and water bottle. Fitness classes are free for all Eastern students, faculty and staff. A valid Eastern ID is required upon entrance.

    Instructor: Coach Danielle is currently the volunteer cross country coach for Eastern. Her passion for running began when she joined her middle school cross country team. Danielle continued her passion while running as a collegiate student-athlete at Berry College. During her time at Berry College she was a competitive athlete placing in the top 3 for three consecutive years in the SAA Conference Championship. In addition, she was a record holder for the program and qualified for the NCAA Championship in 2016. After graduating college, she worked as an assistant cross-country coach at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. Currently, Coach Danielle is working towards her Masters in Coaching from Adams State University.

    Scheduled Meeting dates: Tuesday/Thursday 7-8 a.m.
    Mansfield Athletic Complex Track
    September 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29
    October 1

    Sponsored by the Department of Athletics, Division of Student Affairs
    Free of Charge for Eastern Students, Faculty and Staff.
    *** Please bring your valid Eastern ID to all fitness classes ***
    If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator of Intramural & Recreation, Rosamaria Riccobono at riccobonor@easternct.edu

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    Join Coach Casey for a full body, metabolic blasting, high energy hour that is both fun and effective. It will be creative and progressive class over 6 weeks!

    All levels of fitness are welcomed and encouraged. No prior experience is required. Fitness classes are free for all Eastern students, faculty and staff. A valid Eastern ID number is required upon entrance.

    Instructor: Coach Casey graduated from Eastern with his B.S. in Sport and Leisure Management specializing in Exercise Science. Currently, Casey is a personal trainer and manager at a gym in Connecticut. He is certified in NASM CPT, ISSA CPT, FMS Level 1, Precision Nutrition Level 1, Kettlebell Athletics Level 1, Kettlebell Athletics Level 2, and TRX Qualified.

    Scheduled Meeting dates: Tuesdays 7-8 p.m.
    Virtual Fitness on WebEX
    September 8, 15, 22, 29
    October 6, 13

    All virtual fitness information has been emailed to all Eastern students, faculty and staff. Login information may be found on the Microsoft Teams App under, “Athletics – Intramurals and Recreation."

    Sponsored by the Department of Athletics, Division of Student Affairs
    Free of Charge for Eastern Students, Faculty and Staff.
    *** Please bring your valid Eastern ID to all fitness classes ***
    If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator of Intramural & Recreation, Rosamaria Riccobono at riccobonor@easternct.edu