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Learn the Basics Workshops

Get Into the Fitness Grind by Learning the Fundamentals

The SRC is offering a variety of Learn the Basics workshops during the first two weeks of the spring semester specifically designed to teach you the most common movements performed in a Group Exercise Class or in the Total Training Zone.

Whether you’re completely new to these workouts or a regular at the SRC, it’s always a good idea to jump in and Learn the Basics in order to get the most out of every workout.

There’s a special feeling that comes with fully getting into the grind by becoming trained in the fundamentals of fitness. SRC members can register online or in-person at the Total Training Zone desk as early as one week in advance of each class. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Boxing: Heavy Bag Techniques

Not sure if you have been hitting the heavy bag the right way? This 75-minute interactive workshop will discuss the different types of heavy bags found in the Determination Studio and how to efficiently and effectively use them during Open Rec Boxing. Whether you’ve been boxing for years or are simply looking for more information about your boxing workout, this workshop will provide the knowledge needed to take your training to the next level! Hand wraps are required to participate. 

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Recent research has demonstrated the many benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Discover the real science behind HIIT and learn how to develop interval workouts to accommodate your fitness goals. This workshop will help you to bridge the gap between exercise science and interval programming. Be prepared to test your limits!

Kettlebells 101

Have you ever wondered how to properly use kettlebells in your own exercise routine? This workshop will answer all of your questions while discussing the benefits and proper use of kettlebells. We’ll also show you the most common lifts such as the snatch, swing and Turkish get-up. All necessary equipment will be provided.

Mat Pilates

The creator, Joseph Pilates, designed a series of exercises to specifically be performed on a mat in what is now known as Mat Pilates. These exercises require intense muscular contractions and should be performed in a slow, controlled, and precise manner. Come learn and experience how to perform basic Mat Pilates movements that will help to strengthen your body’s core by developing pelvic and spinal stability and abdominal strength. Equipment will be provided.  

Meditation 101

As we move into the new millennium, we witness the effects of increasing environmental, economic and psychological stress, in short “sensory overload”, which is taxing to the human system. Also included with these are man-made stressors; microwave, radio, television and electronic transmission, noise and traffic. We are beings of energy and are picking up all these transmissions.  

Meditation is a practice of concentrating on envisioning, breath, sound and objects to increase awareness of the present moment. This can improve stress levels, promote relaxation and enhance personal and spiritual growth. It’s one of the most powerful techniques to balance your body, emotions, mind and spirit bringing you back to a peaceful state. Equipment will be provided.

TRX® Suspension Training

Intimidated by the idea of taking a TRX® suspension class? Come experience this 75-minute instructional workshop taught by an SRC Group Exercise Instructor and learn the basics of properly setting up and performing common TRX® exercises. Equipment will be provided.

Yoga: Chaturanga 101

High-plank pose, low-plank pose, upward-facing dog, downward-facing dog — this sequence of postures, also known as Chaturanga Dandasana, is commonly found in Vinyasa flow classes, the most popular style of yoga in Southern California. Learn how to keep your body safe and properly aligned in this workshop all about these four strength-building postures! We'll start off with a warm up flow, break down each of these four postures to find the best Chaturanga for your body and briefly address proper alignment and safety for other common yoga poses. You will leave this class with a better knowledge of your anatomy and how to make your yoga practice your own!

Yoga: The Art of Stilling the Mind

Come learn the fundamentals of stilling the mind through the practice of Kundalini Yoga. Focus the mind and concentrate with breath awareness, body awareness and alignment with the fundamental physical postures. Experience the sound current with mantra and meditation and go deep into relaxation with a gong meditation. Equipment will be provided.

Zumba®: The 4 Latin Rhythms

In this 75-minute workshop, learn the four basic rhythms of Zumba® (Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia and Reggaeton) and their basic steps in order to enjoy a successful workout. You’ll learn about the effectiveness of Zumba®, as well as how to safely participate in high cardio workouts.