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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 2021

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    This is an “no experience needed” self-defense class.

    We will cover the basics of:

    1. situational awareness
    2. eliminating immediate threats
    3. harm prevention techniques

      No special equipment or protective gear is needed.
      Exercise attire recommended.
      Your safety in ensured.
      We respect all boundaries set by you.
      This class is suited for every level of fitness- even “Covid Couch” level of fitness

    Instructor: Dr. Joe Breton

    Sports Center Gym 1 - 2 p.m.
    Sept. 8, 22
    Oct. 6, 20

    Masks will be required for any on campus activities

    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, Matt DeMarco at demarcoma@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.

    Zumba! As well as Coach Liz returns again after being a crowd favorite from last semester. Any and all levels are welcome to join. This will be a class that gets you wanting to move around and work up a sweat while enjoying upbeat, vibrant music. Anyone interested in stepping outside of their comfort zone, enjoys music, and wants to move around to a great beat should look towards attending this class. Taking place from Mid-September to Mid-October, Zumba! Will be labeled as a ‘cant-miss’ recreation class for anyone with a passion for movement and dance.

    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.

    In Person Zumba dates: Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    at Nevers Field
    Sept. 13, 20, 27
    Oct. 4, 11

    Masks will be required for any on campus activities

    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, Matt DeMarco at demarcoma@easternct.edu

     

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    As a change of tempo from some of our other classes, have fun while working out with our Cardio kickboxing class! An in-person class, you can destress by attending this class. Use plenty of explosive movements to work up a sweat and put some excitement in your workout!

    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 Linda Sanford is a professor on campus who has a passion for movement. She will make several appearances this semester teaching recreation classes on campus. Cardio Kickboxing will help get your heart rate up and certainly get you working up a sweat. A class where all levels of participation are welcome, you can expect plenty of explosive moments to go along with strength and endurance exercises. This is a class that provides a kick, but is incredibly fun to anyone who attends. Classes will be offered Thursday nights in September and we look forward to seeing you there!

    Cardio Kickboxing classes: Thursdays 7-8 p.m.
    Sports Center Dance Studio
    Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

    Masks will be required for any on campus activities

    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, Matt DeMarco at demarcoma@easternct.edu

     

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    Professor Kelly Madenjian will be returning to teach a class that has three separate sections. To add some variety to our workouts, the combination of 20 minutes of Strength, 20 minutes of core, and 20 minutes of stretching will add plenty of balance to your workout. This will be a tremendous way to start your Friday Morning and weekend off. All abilities are welcome, and you will be so glad you made it out to this ‘three-in-one’ class.

    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: Professor Madenjian

    Classes at Nevers Field: Fridays 9-10 a.m.
    October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    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, Matt DeMarco at demarcoma@easternct.edu

     

  • yoga class

    Angie Jacques, the owner of YONO yoga and meditation in Willimantic will be bringing her expertise to Eastern at the end of the semester. A perfect way to get ready for the final stretch of the semester, this yoga class will have you feeling nice and relaxed for your upcoming finals!

    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: Angie Jacques

    Classes will meet in Sports Center Dance Studio: 12-1 p.m.
    November 16, 18, 30
    December 2, 7

    Masks will be required for any on campus activities

    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, Matt DeMarco at demarcoma@easternct.edu

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    Barre class is a rigorous workout that blends elements from different exercise styles including ballet basic movements, Pilates, yoga and resistance training. Focusing on posture, alignment, agility, and core strengthening. It focuses on low-impact, high-intensity movements, high reps of small range movements designed to strengthen your body in ways that few other workouts can. Class is designed for all fitness levels, from beginners to advanced, something for everyone.

    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 Linda Sanford is a professor on campus who has a passion for movement. She has a variety of certifications and will be also hosting a cardio kickboxing class as well. You will no doubt be feeling the burn while having plenty of fun during her classes..

    In Person Barre classes: Thursdays 7-8 p.m.
    Sports Center Dance Studio
    October 28
    November 4, 11, 18

    Masks will be required for any on campus activities

    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, Matt DeMarco at demarcoma@easternct.edu

     

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    The Final class that Professor Linda Sanford will be teaching will certainly bring the intensity. This high intensity interval training class will be a great workout for anyone looking to build up their strength and power. All levels of fitness are invited, and you will see many positive results coming from a class like this.

    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: Linda Sanford

    Scheduled Meeting dates: Mondays 7-8 p.m.
    October 18, 25
    November 1, 8, 15


    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, Matt DeMarco at demarcoma@easternct.edu

     

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    New classes coming soon!

    Coach Erica returns to teach a fun and exciting dance class that will help get your heart rate up, explore movement patterns, rhythms, and much more.

    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. 

    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 Cardio Dance classes: TBD

    If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator of Intramural & Recreation, Matt DeMarco at demarcoma@easternct.edu

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    New classes coming soon!

    Yoga is the Path To a Wellness Living Program - Presented by Student Activities and Intramurals & Recreation

    Instructor: Tamsy is a Bachelor of Arts Graduate of Skidmore College with a Major in Philosophy and Asian Studies. She is an internationally certified 500-hour Yoga Alliance Educator, 500-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher, 500-hour Baptiste Power Yoga Institute instructor. She founded High Street Yoga in 2009.

    A four-part virtual class: Dates TBD

    If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator of Intramural & Recreation, Matt DeMarco at demarcoma@easternct.edu

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    New classes coming soon!

    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. 

    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 Cardio Dance classes

     

    If you have any questions, please contact Coordinator of Intramural & Recreation, Matt DeMarco at demarcoma@easternct.edu

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    Details for Spring Classes Coming Soon!

    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:
    Mansfield Athletic Complex Track

    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, Matt DeMarco at demarcoma@easternct.edu