Wellness, Fitness, and Aquatics

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Whether you’re a student looking to get your blood flowing before a big test, or you’re a local resident wanting to exercise among friends, CSM has options for you.

COVID-19 Notice

Fitness programs are available online and at the La Plata and Prince Frederick campuses. For a list of classes, please see below.

The Physical Education (PE) Building on the La Plata Campus is currently closed for repairs. The college is using this time to make improvements to the building systems.

CSM offers personal enrichment programs at the Leonardtown Campus Wellness and Aquatics Center (Building D). Under an agreement with CSM and the St. Mary's County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) the county’s Department of Recreation and Parks now manages the Wellness and Aquatics Center. The facility is currently open to the public. Click here for info about free memberships for students and employees.

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Summer 2022 Classes

Yoga is a holistic modality for the mind, body, and spirit. Allow your certified instructor to act as your guide, introducing you to basic yoga postures, relaxation techniques, and deep breathing practices. These soothing benefits are achieved through reduced blood pressure, improved flexibility, and increased muscle tone.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-6220

“Sun” style tai chi is a modern martial art form practiced for health and fitness. Sun tai chi combines balanced physical movement with mental awareness and softness. Sun style is a more upright form characterized by the agile stepping of advance step and retreat step. Sun tai chi’s slow graceful movements are the foundation of such popular programs as : Tai Chi for Arthritis, Fall Prevention, Diabetes and Stress Reduction. Class includes: Sun 30 form, Sun 42 form, Sun 73 Competition form and the Traditional Sun 98 form.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-6240

“Yang” style tai chi forms are the most popular form of tai chi in the world. They are characterized by larger movements focusing on conscious shifting of weight from on leg to the other. Yang form is more challenging than Sun, as it requires particular awareness of body alignment, especially the knee’s. Yang forms fluid movements are like “a long flowing river” offering the same peaceful contemplation. Yang tai Chi follows the Cheng Man Ching(CMC) style, including: CMC 20 form, CMC 37 form, CMC 60, traditional 108 and 52 Sword form. Class will also include the Yang 16 form, Beijing 24 form and Fu Zhongwhen’s long and sword forms.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-6250

Fall 2022 Classes

Most individuals already have what it takes to achieve their life goals, the problem is, too often there are obstacles or roadblocks that stand in their way. Learn practical tools and techniques from a professional life coach, to help you navigate through challenges and remove barriers that stand in your way. No goal is too small or too big to focus on, the most important thing is to get started! Everyone deserves a coach, and during this class you will have one that will partner with you, push you, and praise you.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for AAA-5020

Meditation reduces anxiety, increases serotonin levels, enhances energy and reduces stress and tension. Discover what meditation is, learn how it helps both mental and physical well- being, and develop the skill so you can practice at home. Create a state of deep relaxation and general feeling of wellbeing all while increasing concentration and strengthen your mind. Bring a mat, pillow, or cushion, and prepare for wonderful experience!

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Browse by Course Number: Search for NHH-5360

In Japan, they practice something called forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Shinrin in Japanese means forest, and yoku means bath. So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in nature through our senses. Simply put - forest bathing is retreating to nature to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment. Benefits may include stress reduction, mood enhancement, increased energy and better sleep, decreased inflammation, lower blood pressure, and even decreased risk of heart attack. Take the time to unwind and connect with nature to improve your health. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes as this class will be held outside.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for NHH-5010

A well-rounded exercise routine includes aerobic exercise, strength training, and flexibility. This class is your opportunity to squeeze in all of these major components of physical wellness at once. Each class will include a group walk around our campus or downtown Leonardtown, while incorporating simple bodyweight strengthening exercises along the way. You will also enjoy a relaxing cooldown and stretching segment at the end of each class.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5110

Give yourself the gift of rest, relaxation, and renewal this holiday season! As exciting as the holiday season can be, it can also be a hectic, busy, and stressful time of year. This class will offer an opportunity for you to take some time for self-care amidst the hustle and bustle. You will be guided through restorative poses that will help to relax and center your body and lead you through a deep healing and revitalizing experience.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5320

This course provides theoretical knowledge and practical skills in preparation for a national certification exam in personal training. Topics include guidelines for instructing safe, effective, and purposeful exercise, essentials of the client-trainer relationship, conducting health and fitness assessments, and designing and implementing appropriate exercise programming.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5340

If you're new to kayaking and looking for a great, low-key outdoor excursion, this class is perfect for you! Enjoy a relaxing time exploring one of Maryland's healthiest waterways, Mattawoman Creek. A professional guide will provide friendly instruction on use of the kayak and how to paddle with proper technique as they prepare you for a calm water journey. This calming experience will allow you to enjoy nature from a unique vantage point. Join us to discover a new appreciation for the natural beauty along our waterways! All equipment is provided.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5400

If you are looking for a longer kayaking experience and are interested in the rich history surrounding our waterways join us for this relaxing outdoor excursion along Mallows Bay. A professional guide will provide friendly instruction on use of the kayak and how to paddle with proper technique as they prepare you for a calm water journey. Explore one of the nations' national marine sanctuaries that boasts a collection of historic shipwrecks dating back to the Civil War, as well as archaeological artifacts nearly 12,000 years old. This is a unique and memorable paddling experience that you will surely enjoy! All equipment is provided.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5410

Explore two ancient Chinese exercise systems that complement each other and promote physical health and well-being. Tai Chi's slow, flowing movements develop balance and body awareness. While Qigong is a more stationary tai chi that promotes overall health and well-being; both emphasis proper body alignment, breath and conscious movement that reduce stress and improve overall fitness. Learn the 18 form, Shibashi Qigong form, and be introduced to both Sun and Yang tai chi forms.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5460

Stress can disrupt every physiological function and can contribute in significant ways to major psychological and physical disorders. Learn simple stress-relief and resilience-building skills in the context of small, supportive groups using evidence-based mind-body medicine techniques. The group will focus on practical techniques for individualized self-care and mutual support. You will learn the science supporting the skills of meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, and self-expression in words, drawings, and movement to help overcome stress and make mind-body techniques an integral part of your of everyday life.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5900

Did you know relaxing is a skill that can be learned? Learn how by using scientifically proven tools and techniques. Mind-body techniques focus on the interactions between the mind and body and the powerful ways you can take control of your own health. You will focus on yourself and also learn from others while becoming aware of the importance of breathing and movement. Experience using your breath and movement to create relaxation and release stress and leave with a basic understanding of mind-body medicine.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5910

Eating mindfully helps us to create a healthy relationship with food. Learn how to choose foods that are both pleasing and nourishing to your body. You will become fully aware of the foods you buy, prepare, serve, and consume.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5930

One of the most powerful and very simple self-awareness tools is guided imagery. Our bodies react the same whether we are actually experiencing something or just imaginging something. Learn to use your imagination to create the state of mind you want. Change how you are feeling by changing your focus. Reap the health benefits of promoting relaxation which can lower blood pressure and reduce stress.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5940

Using breathing techniques, specific spoken words, and medititation, autogentics can help you reduce stress and achieve a sense of relaxation for your mind and body. Experience autogenics and biofeedback and gain a better understanding of when and how to use it for your personal wellness.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5950

Hatha yoga is a holistic modality for the mind, body, and spirit. Allow your certified instructor to act as your guide, introducing you to basic yoga postures, relaxation techniques, and deep breathing practices. Enjoy the many benefits including reduced blood pressure, improved flexibility, and increased muscle tone.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-6220

"Sun" style tai chi is a modern martial art form practiced for health and fitness. Sun tai chi combines balanced physical movement with mental awareness and softness. Sun style is a more upright form characterized by the agile stepping of advance step and retreat step. Sun tai chi's slow graceful movements are the foundation of such popular programs as: Tai Chi for Arthritis, Fall Prevention, Diabetes, and Stress Reduction. Class includes: Sun 30 form, Sun 42 form, Sun 73 Competition form and the Traditional Sun 98 form.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-6240

"Yang" style tai chi forms are the most popular form of tai chi in the world. They are characterized by larger movements focusing on conscious shifting of weight from on leg to the other. Yang form is more challenging than Sun, as it requires particular awareness of body alignment, especially the knee's. Yang forms fluid movements are like "a long flowing river" offering the same peaceful contemplation. Yang tai Chi follows the Cheng Man Ching(CMC) style, including: CMC 20 form, CMC 37 form, CMC 60, traditional 108 and 52 Sword form. Class will also include the Yang 16 form, Beijing 24 form and Fu Zhongwhen's long and sword forms.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-6250

Dance your way into fitness with this Latin-inspired, dance-style class combining high energy moves and dance combinations. While being guided through dance steps such as salsa, meringue, and reggae basic strengthening exercises will be added to complement the each dance movement.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-7050

Variety is the name of the game in this strength training class! This full-body resistance workout will burn calories, shape and tone your entire body, increase core strength, and ultimately, improve your overall health. Be ready to work and tone every muscle in your body while having a heart pumping good time!

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-7070

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