Fitness

Woman doing a tricep dip PE 101: Beginning Conditioning

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Through lecture and physical practice, students will gain an understanding of the quantity and quality of exercise essential for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, and flexibility for healthy adults. S/U grading.


People holding yoga poses.PE 104: Beginning Yoga

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Through lecture and physical participation, students will learn and practice yoga correctly and safely while enhancing health and well-being. S/U grading.


Group fitness class in plank positionPE 106: Intermediate Yoga

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Winter

Students will learn and demonstrate intermediate skills through safe Yoga practice including: flexibility, balance strength, mental focus, concentration, meditation, relaxation, breathing techniques, and vibrant health. S/U grading.


A woman is tensed on a sitting bench press, ready to straighten her legs against the large weights.PE 108: Beginning Weight Training

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Through lecture and physical participation, students will learn correct lifting and spotting technique, the basic muscle groups and weight training principles, and understand types of potential injuries and injury prevention. S/U grading.


Woman doing a core exercise PE 111: Beginning Pilates

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

A physical movement class designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body with focus on postural symmetry, breath control, abdominal strength, and muscular flexibility utilizing methods from the Pilates program. S/U grading.


A class of students participates in a zumba class.PE 125: Zumba

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

An interval dance-fitness class that combines Latin and International rhythms with easy to follow steps that focus on cardiovascular benefits and total body toning. S/U grading.

 


2 badminton players square off on a badminton court, the first is in the middle of a servePE 132: Badminton

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

Introduction and practice of the basic skills of both singles and doubles court positioning and strategy, game playing rules, scoring and etiquette. Students will work toward proficiency in basic badminton strokes (forehand, backhand, overhead clear, forehand smash, and short serve). S/U grading.


A young man crouches in a lunge as he prepares to hit the pickleball coming directly at him.PE 134: Beginning Pickleball

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

Introduction and practice of the basic skills of both singles and doubles court positioning and strategy, game playing rules, scoring and etiquette. Students will work toward proficiency in basic pickleball strokes (forehand, backhand, lob, drop-shot, dink, deep serve, and short serve). S/U grading.


A young woman wearing a WWU t-shirt plays raquet ball.PE 139: Beginning Racquetball

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

Introduction and practice of the basic shots (forehand, backhand, ceiling, back-wall, corner, and kill), rules, scoring, and court etiquette for singles, cut-throat, and doubles court positioning and playing strategy. S/U grading.


Two young men playing soccer on a bright green field.PE 144: Beginning Soccer

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Spring

Introduction, practice and demonstration of the basic soccer fundamentals (passing, controls, dribbling, heading, covering, shooting, tackling/jockeying); offensive and defensive concepts; game play, including goalkeeping; and knowledge of the rules of the game. S/U grading. 


Woman standing in a gym in front of a volleyball net, in yellow shirt holds a volleyball under her arm.PE 145 : Beginning Volleyball

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Spring

Introduction and practice of the basic individual and game playing skills, including serving, passing, spiking, setting, blocking, digging and floor skills. Students will be able to demonstrate mastery of the basic team patterns and understand the rules of play both in a game and in written form. S/U grading.


A group of students play ultimate Frisbee on the rec center playing field.PE 149: Beginning Ultimate

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Spring

Introduction and practice of the basic throwing, catching, offense and defensive skills. Students will gain an understanding of the "spirit of the game," and knowledge of rules and strategies (stacking, flow, cutting, forcing, and defensive set-up). S/U grading.


A group of people kickboxingPE 152: Beginning Kickboxing

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

A physical movement class designed to demonstrate punches, kicks, blocks and evasive maneuvers through a well-rounded workout. Improve strength, balance and endurance while increasing mental awareness with focus on cardiovascular conditioning.


Two people skiing down a pathPE 157: Beginning Skiing/Snowboarding

1 credit

Typically offered: Winter

Introduction and practice of beginning level skiing or snowboarding maneuvering skills and techniques. Students will be graded on effort, progress, overall participation and attitude. S/U grading. Register for any of the three available courses -- beginning, intermediate or advanced -- regardless of what your skill level is. Skill level is determined by Mt. Baker instructors after a skills test, so you don’t need to worry about getting into a certain class.


A beautiful snowy mountain rangePE 158: Intermediate Skiing/Snowboarding

1 credit

Typically offered: Winter

Introduction and practice of intermediate level skiing or snowboarding maneuvering skills and techniques. Students will be graded on effort, progress, overall participation and attitude. S/U grading. Register for any of the three available courses -- beginning, intermediate or advanced -- regardless of what your skill level is. Skill level is determined by Mt. Baker instructors after a skills test, so you don’t need to worry about getting into a certain class.


A group of skiers on a chairlift.  PE 159: Advanced Skiing/Snowboarding

1 credit

Typically offered: Winter

Introduction and practice of advanced skiing or snowboarding maneuvering skills and techniques. Students will be graded on effort, progress, overall participation and attitude. S/U grading. Register for any of the three available courses -- beginning, intermediate or advanced -- regardless of what your skill level is. Skill level is determined by Mt. Baker instructors after a skills test, so you don’t need to worry about getting into a certain class.


Two arms in martial art combatPE 168: Beginning Martial Arts

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

Incorporates 4 systems: Escrima, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, and Defensive Tactics. A complete martial artist is skilled in improvised weapons, striking, grappling, throws/takedowns, and submissions. The modes of study to learn these are: Weapons Fighting (impact or edged weapons), Out-Fighting (consists of stance, movement, strikes, shoots, defense, and combinations), In-Fighting (clinch, strikes, throws/takedowns, and defense), Ground Fighting (positions, strikes, submissions, transitions, and defense). This class involves cooperative training with a partner through creative, interactive drills. There will not be any type of sparring. S/U grading.


Group of people practicing self defencePE 169: Beginning Self-Defense

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

Introduction and practice of personal, physical and mental self-defense skills with significant focus on the use of posture and demeanor to de-escalate potential risk. S/U grading.


Two students pictured sailing on blue water.PE 170: Beginning Sailing

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

The purpose of the course is to teach students the basics of safe and effective sailing for life long health and enjoyment. Students will learn how to prepare for sailing and safely perform basic sailing skills. S/U grading.


View of three sailboats in the waterPE 171: Sailboat Racing

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Spring

Introduction to collegiate sailboat racing, including: strategy, boat handling and tactics. Students will receive lectures, demonstrations and use on the water drills to develop the skills and concepts involved in racing. Emphasis on practical application, with racing on the water occurring as often as safe and practical. S/U grading.


Two people are pictured windsurfing on the surface of the ocean.PE 175: Beginning Windsurfing

1 credit

Typically offered: Spring, Summer

The purpose of the course is to teach students the basics of safe and effective windsurfing for life-long health and enjoyment. Students will learn how to prepare for windsurfing and safely perform basic windsurfing skills. S/U grading.


A young woman paddles a yellow kayak in the ocean.PE 177: Basic Kayak Touring

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Spring

Course provides an introduction to the basic skills of Kayak Touring. Including boat handling, rescues, navigation, weather, safety tactics, and tide forecasting and trip planning. Instructional emphasis on the water paddling skills. S/U grading.


3 Kayaks on the water in the islands with a bit of the forested landscape behind them.PE 177M: Kayak Touring II

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Spring

This course is designed to take students on the Salish Sea in kayaks. Make a passage from Guemes Island to Sinclair Island where they will experience an overnight camp with leave no trace practice. Students will demonstrate boat handling, planning, and safety skills learned in Basic Kayak Touring (PE 177). S/U grading.


Two students lean back on the rail of a small sailboat while the wind pushes them faster in the water leaving a white capped wake behind them.PE 179: Intermediate Sailing

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Spring

Course provides intermediate skills through the use of multiple designs of boats. Techniques for control and efficiency are examined as students learn to sail more complex and challenging boats. With more sophisticated boats and rig adjustments a more sophisticated understanding of the hydro and aerodynamic principals can be gained. S/U grading.


A single swimmer, with hands clasped together outstretched in front, takes a deep breath before plunging her head under waterPE 197L: Beginning Swimming

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer

A physical movement class designed to help the non-swimmer to novice develop pool safety skills; learn basic water skills, including floating on front and back; treading water; holding breath underwater and to learn basic crawl stroke; basic elementary backstroke; and flutter kick.  


A young man lifts a fully loaded barbell to his chest and prepares to exhale.PE 197N: Intermediate Weight Training

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring 

The intent of this course is to help students identify and describe the benefits of weight training, how weight training affects the body, and learn an intermediate level of training routines for complete muscular development. Students will design and develop a balanced weight training program to meet their needs and expand on skills learned in Beginning Weight Training. This course also provides an opportunity to develop skills in specific areas of strength training, training for hypertrophy, endurance, and power. 


A group of women raising their arms in a gymPE 197P: Nia: Mind, Body, Fitness

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer

Nia is a sensory-based, cardio-dance class with a blend of yoga, marial arts, and dance set to an invigorating and eclectic mix of music. Class choreography is inspired by the natural design of the body and crafted using 52 moves—danced your body’s way. 


A group of people lift weighted plates above their heads in a yoga pose.PE 197Q: Clubbell Yoga

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer

A physical movement class designed to educate the non-yogi to athlete to understand how to condition for yoga based movement; learn how to work with Clubbells in Yoga asana; learn the signature Clubbell Yoga class format of Awaken, Condition, Practice and Flow; learn how to integrate High Intensity Interval Training timing protocols into a yoga based conditioning class; and learn how to differentiate breathing techniques for yoga based movement training. Strong emphasis on preparing students understand movement patterns, categories of poses and yoga sport specific exercises. 


PE 197R: Intro to Rock ClimbingWoman hangs off rock climbing wall

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

Learn proper techniques of indoor climbing, specifically safety considerations, terminology, top rope belay, how to identify a safe climbing pathway and execute the route. Climbing builds strength, muscle, endurance, while strengthening​ cognitive skills.


A challenge structure against a backdrop of blue sky.RECR 105: Challenge Facilitation I

1 credit

Typically offered: Fall

Course provides an overview of the theory and application of adventure based programming. Students will be introduced to safety practices, goal setting, framing and debriefing both group and individual challenge activities. Students will practice leading others in challenge learning activities. S/U grading.

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