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 while the college is in Phase 3: Reduced Operations. 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) including Swim Clinic, 5th Grade Water Safety class, and various fitness programs. 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.

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New! Discover Series

Thinking of trying a new fitness/wellness class but not sure what to try? Well then join us for our Discover Series and try Zumba!  Dance your way into fitness with this Latin-inspired dance-style class which combines high energy moves and dance combinations. You will be guided through a series of dance steps such as salsa, meringue, and reggae while incorporating exercises such as squats, knee lifts, and bicep curls.  You'll have so much fun doing Zumba you won't even realize you're working out! Try Discover Zumba and if it is the class for you - you can then register for the full class. What have you got to lose?

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5000

Thinking of trying a new fitness/wellness class but not sure what to try? Well then join us for our Discover Series and try Tai Chi!  Tai Chi provides all of the cardiovascular, muscular, and flexibility benefits of traditional exercise formats, without the impact on joints and stress on the heart. During this moving meditation, your certified instructor will guide you through gentle martial arts movements, using serene music and deep breathing techniques. You will leave class feeling fit and energized! Try Discover Tai Chi and if it is the class for you - you can then register for the full class.  What have you got to lose?

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5040

Thinking of trying a new fitness/wellness class but not sure what to try? Well then join us for our Discover Series and try Hatha Yoga!  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. These soothing benefits are achieved through reduced blood pressure, improved flexibility, and increased muscle tone. Try Discover Hatha Yoga and if it is the class for you - you can then register for the full class.  What have you got to lose?

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5030

Thinking of trying a new fitness/wellness class but not sure what to try? Well then join us for our Discover Series and try Cardio Kickboxing! Kick and punch your way into fitness.  During a powerful high intensity workout, participants will utilize kicking, boxing, aerobic movements, and martial-art type actions for a challenging total body conditioning experience.  Learn proper techniques for kicking, punching, and various self-defense moves from a certified fitness professional.  Try Discover Cardio Kickboxing and if it is the class for you - you can then register for the full class.  What have you got to lose?

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5060

Thinking of trying a new fitness/wellness class but not sure what to try? Well then join us for our Discover Series and try Pilates!  Learn why so many swear by this total body toning system. Regardless of your current level of fitness, the Pilates method will serve to both condition your body and prevent injury.  With the use of mat work, you will look to your body to create resistance - an amazing way to connect with and strengthen your core. This class challenges your stamina, flexibility, and strength, as you flow through the exercises and deepen your body awareness with each movement. Try Discover Pilates and if it is the class for you - you can then register for the full class.  What have you got to lose?

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Fitness

You have a body and gravity is everywhere, so let's exercise! No gym is required! Practice and learn fun exercises that can be done anywhere! All components of fitness will be challenged, but modifications will be practiced and demonstrated. This workout is for everybody! You will find there really is no excuse for not working out!

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-7180

Do you have exercise equipment at home and you're not sure how to use it? Perhaps you are familiar with some exercises and are in search of new workouts using your own home equipment. This course will introduce a variety of exercises using an assortment of equipment including bands, tubing, dumbbells, kettlebells, foam rollers, suspension trainers, medicine balls, stability balls, and much more. With the guidance of a Certified Personal Trainer you will design your own workout plans throughout the course. Workouts will be performed virtually during each class session with tips on proper form and exercise execution. Get the expert feedback you need to start or maintain your exercise regimen.

This course is taught virtually via Zoom. Students are responsible for their own equipment. A protected link will be sent to the student upon registration.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-5220

Boredom and time constraints are frequently cited reasons for not exercising. Sound familiar? Circuit training offers a practical solution for both. It's a creative and flexible way to keep exercise interesting and saves time while boosting both cardiovascular and muscular fitness. Each 30-minute session will focus on performing 5-10 exercises, for a set period of time, with a short resting period between each exercise. Whether you're a seasoned exercise enthusiast or just getting started, circuit training is a great way to challenge your body while boosting the fun-factor. This exercise class is optimal for those who are time-crunched and looking to get in a quick high-energy workout!

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-6510

Are you in search of a way to release tense and tight muscles? Flexibility is a major fitness component that is often absent from most fitness programs. As we age, we lose our flexibility and the only way to prevent our muscles from stiffening is to actively and regularly stretch and employ a stretching routine that keeps our bodies at an ideal level of flexibility. Stretching regularly will greatly enhance overall fitness by improving both physical and mental health, and also reducing the risk of injury. More specifically the endless benefits include improved posture and mobility, enhanced muscular coordination, increased blood circulation, enhanced sports performance, increased range of motion, and higher energy levels. This is a great class to pair with our 30-minute Strength and Cardio Circuit! It will serve as a guide to lead you through structured, full body, stretching routines that will surely make you muscles feel great!

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-6520

This Intro to Fitness course is designed to encourage self-esteem and body-awareness through non-competitive and competitive physical activity. This class will foster cooperation and compassion in children while enhancing flexibility, strength, and coordination. Through practice, exercise, and play, this class will help students improve focus, concentration, and develop a sense of teamwork. Activities covered will include: yoga, age-appropriate games, drills, and exercises incorporating running, skipping, jumping, hula hoops, and ball work. Educational topics that will be covered will be healthy eating habits, nutritious snacks, and getting enough sleep. Kids will burn off a lot of energy without realizing it because they will be having so much fun.

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Join the power of Pilates and learn why so many swear by this total body toning system. Regardless of your current level of fitness, the Pilates method will serve to both condition your body and prevent injury. With the use of mat work, you will look to your body to create resistance - an amazing way to connect with and strengthen your core. This class challenges your stamina, flexibility, and strength, as you flow through the exercises and deepen your body awareness with each movement.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-6200

Proper and progressive strength training is the safest way for women to build a stronger, leaner, healthy body. Let a certified trainer guide you! Every class will be informative. You will learn exercises you can do in the gym or at home that are safe and effective in achieving your fitness goals. You will learn how to use dumbbells, free standing equipment, cable machines, and body weight exercises to help sculpt your body, maintain bone density, increase strength, metabolism, and confidence, and improve general health. Proper body alignment, the principles of fitness, and the benefits of resistance training will be discussed and experienced.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-7170

Advancing age and inactivity result in reduced balance, flexibility, and physical endurance, due to the loss of lean muscle tissue. Scientific research proves that progressive resistance training can safely and effectively reverse this trend for all populations. Under the guidance and supervision of a certified fitness professional, you will utilize strength and balance equipment to train your body in dynamic functional movements, increasing physical capacity, and decreasing age-related risk factors. This course is perfect for senior participants!

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-6010

Variety is the name of the game in this strength training class! A certified fitness professional will lead participants to motivating music while sculpting and strengthening your total body. Increase muscle strength using the latest fitness equipment and techniques. This class is designed to assist participants reaching their personal training goals. Total Body Power Pump is the perfect complement to a cardiovascular workout!

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-7070

Dance your way into fitness with this Latin-inspired dance-style class which combines high energy moves and dance combinations. You will be guided through a series of dance steps such as salsa, meringue, and reggae while incorporating exercises such as squats, knee lifts, and bicep curls. You'll have so much fun doing Zumba you won't even realize you're working out!

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-7050

Some group fitness classes can leave you feeling frustrated trying to follow complicated choreography. There are no complicated moves in Spinning. You will be guided, challenged and encouraged by a certified Spinning instructor in an atmosphere that will help you focus on your workout, form, spinning rate, breathing, and your personal visualization! You will find that you will work more efficiently, effectively and safely using heart rate training zones! Regardless of your fitness level, you will experience a great workout.

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-7040

Are you looking for a total body work out?  One that will work on your balance, flexibility, and mobility? Barre is a program geared for everyone-no dance experience or tutus are required! Barre integrates elements of Pilates, dance, cardio and strength training, and is fully expandable and adaptable to any client base. The Total Barre workout emphasizes the correct biomechanics of movement combined with the power of music to increase strength, flexibility, stamina, and dynamic stability. Come give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-6070

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

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Join us for this exercise class to remember those who fought, celebrate those who are survivors, and support those who are still fighting. Although hundreds of thousands of people are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, the survival rate is improving. The odds of beating breast cancer are greater when you are physically and mentally strong. Boot camp exercise classes are designed to build strength and stamina to overcome obstacles. This class will combine strength and cardio exercises for a full-body burn. It will get your heart pumping, make you sweat, and challenge your muscles. Together we will accept the challenge, work hard, and motivate each other through every workout!

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-7020

Are you looking for a way to reduce stress and improve your fitness? Tai Chi provides all of the cardiovascular, muscular, and flexibility benefits of traditional exercise formats, without the impact on joints and stress on the heart. During this moving meditation, your certified instructor will guide you through gentle martial arts movements, using serene music and deep breathing techniques. You will leave class feeling fit and energized!

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Browse by Course Number: Search for WFA-6240

The holidays are quickly approaching! A hectic time of year that often forces your exercise to the bottom of the "to-do" list. This exercise class will allow you to squeeze in a quick full body workout, keeping you on track through the holidays. This express workout will boost both cardiovascular and muscular fitness at the same time. Whether you're a seasoned exercise enthusiast or just getting started, this will be a quick and fun way to challenge your entire body. This exercise course is optimal for those who are time-crunched and looking to get in a quick high-energy workout!

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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 your breathing, balance the yin and yang, and lead you through a deep healing and revitalizing experience.

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With Christmas right around the corner, we will soon begin endless days of shopping for gifts, tree decorating, drafting dinner menus, and party planning. If you are looking for something different to keep you motivated through the holiday season, try this high energy and fun circuit-style exercise class! In honor of the classic "12 Days of Christmas" song, this class will focus on performing 12 different exercises, for a set period of time, with a short rest between each exercise. This festive fat-burner will certainly get your heart pumping and your muscles burning!

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Wellness

Food interacts with the human body on multiple levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual - as well as the impact globally. Yet many of us don't know what to eat for a healthy diet. Invest in yourself and the environment in this class and examine the consequences your food choices have on your health and the health of the planet. Learn from an expert in fitness and nutrition on how to become aware of the impact of stress on the body, the health crisis in the U.S., and strategies for changing eating habits for more healthful outcomes including swapping out processed sugars, reading food labels, and many other healthy habits for your wellness and nutrition goals.

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Join us for an introduction to Guided Meditation and Chakra Balancing. Discover what meditation is, learn how it helps both mental and physical well- being, and develop the skill so you can practice at home. Meditation reduces anxiety, builds self-confidence, increases serotonin levels, enhances energy, reduces stress and tension, and creates a state of deep relaxation and general feeling of wellbeing while you increase concentration and strengthen your mind. We will also touch on what and where your chakras are and how to determine if energy is flowing freely throughout your body. Bring a mat, pillow, or cushion, and prepare for wonderful experience!

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Browse by Course Number: Search for NHH-5360

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

Take time for yourself and learn how to incorporate proper body alignment into your normal daily activities. Sustaining good posture is a big part of your overall health. This keeps all body parts in their rightful positions with minimal stress, allowing the body to work more efficiently. Proper postural alignment helps to prevent joint pain, headaches, poor circulation, impaired lung function, poor digestion, and constricted nerves. You will learn to think differently about how you sit, push the grocery cart, put on socks, clean the house, and much more. At the end of the course, you will have a list of daily exercise that will assist you in improving and maintaining proper postural alignment.

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With seemingly excessive amounts of time on our hands, this is an excellent opportunity to improve your existing health behaviors, or work on new ones! Although overall wellness does involve the more familiar areas of healthy living: exercise and healthful eating, it extends beyond these. Total wellness is achieved with genuine rest, real human connection, sincere emotional expression, living with purpose, and using your life as an expression of these things. This course will cover an introduction to the physical, emotional, mental, social, and existential dimensions of wellness. Information, motivational tips, and hands-on activities will help to guide you along a path towards syncing all these dimensions and developing your "whole" self. A variety of strength and stress relief exercises will be introduced and performed during each class session with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. Leave with a personalized program designed specifically for you.

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The Pathway to Purpose Small Group Purpose Coaching Program uses a six-pronged approach to help you identify your gifts and talents and then to take active steps to live the life that is aligned with your true purpose. The program is based on a concept of Six Prongs of Shifting Into PurposeT. Each week you will be given an assignment based on one of the prongs to complete during the week. Your work on these assignments will ultimately become your written purpose plan. As part of a small group, you will have an opportunity to learn from your peers and share your experiences in a safe, nonjudgmental, noncompetitive space. Join us for purpose coaching and identify your unique gifts and talents, define your audience, utilize and protect your emotional energy, and align your life with your life's purpose!

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Prepare to use Reiki energy and learn how to apply it to others. Discover the keys to using and passing on this healing system. Information and the uses on the three second degree symbols will be discussed and practiced in class, along with hand positions, scanning the body, chakra balancing, and a guided meditation. Reiki Level II attunement will be given to each individual. Wear comfortable clothes and please bring lunch as this is a full day course.

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