Health and Lifestyle

Find Your Fitness Fit at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 1, 2017) – As we move into the month of March, your New Year’s resolutions might be fading. Now is the time to stick to your goals. Now is the time to take chances. Now is the time to try something new. Make 2017 the year of you. If you are looking to try new exercises that are fun and beneficial to your health, look no further than session two of the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center’s Pilates and instructional community classes, open to members and non-members.

Pilates classes focus on building core strength and endurance, increasing flexibility, improving muscle tone, and enhancing concentration. Instructional community classes help shake up your workout while improving your abilities. Take a look at some of the lesser-known benefits of Pilates and community classes at the Herbert Wellness Center.

Pilates is a full body workout.

Did you know your body continues to burn calories for hours after you leave the Pilates studio? Unlike a comparable amount of cardio, when you stop Pilates, the body does not immediately stop burning calories. Resistance-based exercises, such as Pilates, continue to burn additional calories throughout the day.

Pilates is for everyone.

Whether you are 22 or 62, it is never too late to begin Pilates. Even if you left exercise behind years ago, Pilates is an excellent way to help decrease chronic pain. Those who face chronic lower-back issues can benefit from Pilates’ core strengthening and emphasis on focus and breathing.

Pilates at the Herbert Wellness Center offers a multi-level class suited for all levels of experience.

No matter your level of experience, multi-level Pilates is open for generally healthy participants looking to further their Pilates practice. Each instructor caters the class to the needs and abilities of the participants of the class. Multi-level classes may include reformer, tower, and mat work.

Most community classes offer a free trial week.

Adult aquatics, dance, martial arts, and tennis community classes all offer a free trial week during which participants can sample any class they want and find their perfect fit. The free trial is available for the first meeting of each class, beginning Monday, March 13. Registration is not required for the free class and spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Herbert Wellness Center offers an Intro to Swing Dance class.

Swing dancing includes a variety of dance styles that were formed during the mid-1920s to the mid-1940s. With its roots in jazz, this dance form offers an unparalleled avenue of self-expression. The focus of this progressive class is to equip all participants with the ability to understand the dynamics of social dancing and multiple aspects of swing. All levels are welcome.

Pilates and community classes are open to members and non-members.

You do not have to be a member of the Herbert Wellness Center to reap the benefits of Pilates or community classes. Everyone in the University of Miami and Coral Gables community is welcome to participate and register in these classes.

Registration for Pilates classes is available to both members and non-members and can be done online or by calling the sales office at 305-284-5433 Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pilates registration is opens Monday, March 6, and closes Wednesday, March 15. Classes begin the week of March 20.

The Herbert Wellness Center offers adult and youth aquatics, dance, martial arts, and tennis classes available to members and non-members. Registration for community classes begins Monday, March 13 and closes, Sunday, March 26. Registration for youth aquatics opens on Monday, March 13 and closes on Monday, March 20, and a free trial for these classes is not offered. Registration for instructional community classes can be done online or by calling the sales office at 305-284-5433 Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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Register for the 2017 Corporate Run/Walk by February 27 to Save and Win

Corporate-RunLace up your running shoes and show that you’ve got this, again! Register for Team UM at the 2017 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run/Walk by Monday, February 27, and receive $15 off the registration fee and 300 Well ’Canes points. Those who register early will also have the chance to win free event registrations, four 4-day Disney Parks tickets, and an additional 500 Well ‘Canes points.

One of the nation’s largest 5K (3.1 miles) races, the Corporate Run/Walk will take place at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on Thursday, April 27. Last year, Team UM took the crown of the largest team out of the 860 companies participating. Let’s be the team to beat again at the city’s largest office party while enjoying a night of exercise, food, entertainment, and prizes. Visit miami.edu/corporaterun for more details.

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Meditation, Mindfulness, and U at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February, 15, 2017) – Immerse yourself in a state of reflection, relaxation, and rumination this spring at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center. In association with Sri Chinmoy Centres International and UMindfulness, the Herbert Wellness Center offers free meditation and mindfulness classes open to members and non-members.

Find your inner peace and quiet your mind at a free meditation class presented by the Department of Wellness and Recreation and Sri Chinmoy Centres International. Led by longtime meditation instructor Lunthita Duthely, each class encourages mental clarity and discipline as well as creativity and inner peace in your pursuit of personal satisfaction. The next two classes are on Monday, February 27 at 7:45 p.m. and Friday, March 3 at 12:30 p.m.

“Lunthita is a remarkable instructor,” says Christina WooChing, wellness program administrator at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Her dedication and passion for meditation is reflected in every session she shares with participants.”

In a partnership between the Herbert Wellness Center and UMindfulness, “Sound of the Bell” gives participants a safe space to explore mindfulness practice using sound. Participants will discover their innate capacity to focus, pay attention, and expand their awareness to fully embrace life. The free class, taught by Timothy Conner of the Frost School of Music and longtime practitioner of mindfulness, begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 and is open to all UM students, faculty, and staff.

Mindfulness and Compassion Workshop” introduces participants to practicing compassion and mindfulness in every day activities. Led by Scott Rogers, co-founder of the UMindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, this new workshop is on Thursday, April 20 at noon.

“University life can often become stressful for students and employees alike,” says WooChing. “We have forged an incredible partnership with UMindfulness, which has resulted in advantageous programs for the UM community, helping students, faculty, and staff relax and relieve stress.”

Reserve your spot in all sessions by contacting the Herbert Wellness Center sales office at 305-284-5433 or registering online.

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Join the LGBTQ Student Center’s Food for Thought Lunch Series on February 15

Join the LGBTQ Student Center for the Food For Thought Lunch Series on Wednesday, February 15 at 1 p.m., when Luigi Ferrer, director of health services at Pridelines, will discuss health disparities in the LGBTQ community and how to get involved with service in Miami. Free and open to all UM community members, the luncheon will be held in Biscayne 1220 on the first floor of the Whitten University Center. For more information, contact Shannon Casey at s.casey2@umiami.edu.

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Ready to Teach a Group Fitness Class? Audition at UM’s Wellness Centers

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 8, 2017)—Think you have what it takes to teach a group exercise fitness class? The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and the UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center are holding open auditions for instructors for all group exercise positions: sculpt, cardio, mat Pilates, reformer Pilates, studio cycling, yoga, dance fitness/Zumba, and kickboxing. Open auditions are on Thursday, February 23 at the Herbert Wellness Center and Friday, February 24 at the UHealth Fitness & Wellness Center. Both members and non-members are invited to audition.

“We are looking for excited, skilled and motivated new instructors who meet our core values,” says Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes. “If you’re a fitness guru and ready to share your knowledge and experience with the University of Miami community, we want you to join our team.”

To qualify, applicants must hold a national group exercise or personal training certification, such as ACE, AFAA, ACSM, Spinning, Zumba, etc. Applicants must also be CPR/AED certified prior to becoming an instructor. For those not previously certified, the Herbert Wellness Center offers CPR/AED certification courses open to members and non-members.

For more information and to schedule your audition, please email a resume and cover letter to Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes, at mxk331@miami.edu. Each applicant will be expected to prepare a 30-minute demo class for their audition.

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