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Workshops & Events
Updated 9/19/14

Workshops & Events


Thursday, September 25, 5:30pm-6:20pm, Feature Gym

Grab your friends, sisters or the girl down the hall and head to the party! Get your fitness on, have fun and snag some free goodies. And just when you thought it couldn’t get much better, all the proceeds from this event will benefit the Purdue Campaign for the United Way! This event is open to community.  A Group X Pass or Rec Sports membership is not required to participate.

*This is a donation-funded class for charity. Donations will be collected by United Way representatives upon entry.


Saturday, October 4, 9am-4pm

Register Here: http://werqfitness.com/instructor-training/

WERQ Instructor Training prepares Certified Fitness Professionals to teach the wildly addictive cardio dance fitness class – WERQ®. Dubbed the freshest dance fitness class on the planet, WERQ®  has high standards for the community of WERQ Instructors. Instructors must take WERQ Training in full including the ENTIRE master class (participation is required, Age 18+).  In this 6-hour training course, trainees will learn the principles of WERQ and how to cue this WERQout so that participants can follow along easily.  After completion of the training, WERQ supplies its Instructors with fresh choreography each week through WERQforce membership and with helpful resources to continue to development as a WERQ Instructor.

Cost: $199


Wednesday, October 8, 8:30-9:20pm, Feature Gym

WERQ® to Hammer Down Cancer in this fiercely fun dance fitness class featuring pop, rock and hip hop music taught by your very own Purdue Rec Sports - Group X instructors.  100% of proceeds from this event will benefit Purdue’s Hammer Down Cancer campaign, a partnership with Purdue University’s Center for Cancer Research, which is focused on discovering how cancers develop, progress and respond to treatment. This event is open to the community.  A Group X Pass or Rec Sports membership is not required to participate.

*This is a donation-funded class for charity.  Donations will be collected by the Center for Cancer Research upon entry.

YogaFit Instructor Training (Level 1)

Saturday and Sunday, November 8-9, 8am-6pm

Register Here: https://webportal.orderwave.com/yogafit/default?a=viewTrainingDetail&i=3709

YogaFit Instructor Training gives instructors the tools to create inspiring vinyasa yoga classes that are founded on flow yet grounded in the safety of exercise science. The learning includes physical execution, transitions, and modifications to traditional yoga poses with an emphasis on effectiveness and safety. Dynamic vinyasa sequencing, flowing class formats, and transformative language for communicating the mind/body connection have made this the most popular vinyasa yoga style in the world today. While most attendees have experience as either yoga students, teachers, therapists, or as fitness professionals, there are no prerequisites, only the desire to learn and commitment to attend. Level 1 includes an innovative and experiential learning environment guided by a talented and experienced YogaFit Master Trainer, a YogaFit Level 1 DVD and Active Volume 3 CD (first-time participants only), and a comprehensive training manual.

Cost: $399 (Early Bird), $429 (Regular), $459 (Late)

Wellness Workshops

Wednesdays, 7-8pm, Wellness Conference Room

Please dress in loose, comfortable clothing; socks or bare feet are acceptable.  All required equipment will be provided.  No registration required.


Mindfulness is the awareness that arises by paying attention on purpose, in the present moment. It is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental and emotional experiences, without judgment. Research suggests that mindfulness meditation may reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.


Reflexology focuses on the pressure points of your feet, hands and ears. This type of massage is believed to be beneficial for overall health and is generally used for relaxation and balance.


Build a healthy relationship with your spine! In this class, we will move through a series of postures designed to help you find and feel proper alignment in your low back, sacrum, hips, upper back, neck and shoulders. We will practice yoga breathing and meditation techniques intended to help you recognize and release tension. You will leave feeling refreshed and equipped with the tools to help you stand up to poor posture. Please dress in loose, comfortable clothing — socks or bare feet are acceptable. Yoga mats and other equipment will be provided.


By using your own body weight and a cylindrical foam roller, you will perform a self-massage or myofascial release, break up trigger points, and soothe tight muscle fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues. Please dress in loose, comfortable clothing – socks or bare feet are acceptable. Mats, Foam Rollers and other equipment will be provided.


Taking time out each day to relax and renew is essential to living well. Restorative Yoga is a gentle, nurturing, therapeutic style of yoga using props for comfort, stability and balance to ease into various yoga poses. The poses, held comfortably for a prolonged period of time, help you unwind, relax and renew the mind and body.


Escape your daily routine, restore your mind and revitalize your body.  Sample various stress reduction techniques including meditation, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery. Learn to control breathing and calm the mind through a gentle practice of yoga and deep stretching. Adequate floor space and proper attire is required.