University of Vermont

Physical Education Classes

Mind Body & Lifetime Sports and Fitness Courses

Course descriptions reflect 2017-2018 academic year offerings.

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PEAC 005: Club Sports

These courses are reserved for participation in a Club Sport and are therefore only available for members of the clubs.  If you are not a member of a club sport but are interested in joining, please contact the club directly to learn about joining.  You can find a directory HERE.  After you have joined the club, you will then be eligible to receive credit.

Mind Body Classes

PEAC 012: Intro to Yoga

Instructor: Sarab Kaur
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $85

This class is focused on teaching the foundational principles of yoga in a safe, fun and non-competitive environment. The emphasis will be on building body awareness, connecting movement and breath, alignment and exploration. Through contemplative self-inquiry and mindful practice, we will explore the self through the eight limbs of yoga: the ethical principles and self-disciplines, breath, movement, sensory-control, and mindful concentration and meditation to help us to bring mind, body and spirit toward alignment so that we may lead more joyful, balanced, and purposeful lives. This course is perfect for beginners and those with some yoga experience who wish to build a strong yoga foundation or reconnect with their yoga roots.

PEAC 044: Restorative Yoga

Instructor: Sarab Kaur
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $85

This class is focused on a quiet and contemplative practice that uses props to create and support the gradual opening of the body and mind. Restorative Yoga is designed to help relieve stress and counteract the consequences of stress, illness, irritability, loss of productivity, headaches, and difficulty sleeping. Supported physical postures (asana) will be held for 5-15 minutes in an exploration of active relaxation.

PEAC 052: Yoga & Mindfulness

Instructor: John McConnell
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $85

This course introduces students to various yoga poses and techniques, delves into the history of yoga in the United States and around the world, and provides students with the understanding of how yoga improves one's overall wellness.

PEAC 103: Yoga & Ayurveda

Instructor: Sarab Kaur
Semesters Offered: Fall only
Fee: $85

Ayurveda, India’s ancient system of natural medicine, is the sister science of yoga.  It utilizes dietary, lifestyle, and yogic practices to maintain or restore optimum health.  This course provides a very basic introduction to Ayurvedic principles and philosophies, which will be used as a framework for our yoga practice, consisting primarily of Hatha Yoga.  The course is geared toward beginning yoga students, but all participants may benefit.  At the same time, expect a range of intensity in this course, from a slow, gentle to moderate practice to a more rigorous vinyasa flow.  Students are welcome and encouraged to modify based on their constitution and level of experience at any time. 

PEAC 115: Yoga & the Chakras

Instructor: Sarab Kaur
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $85

In yogic philosophy and anatomy, we have seven (7) major energy centers called “chakras”, which affect our physical, mental, and emotional health and balance.  In this course, we will explore the chakras through brief discussions, self-reflection and a comprehensive yoga practice to increase awareness and foster overall health and well-being.  Course content will draw on both yogic and western anatomy; our practice will include both and Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. All levels welcome.

PEAC 199: Introduction to Mindfulness

Instructor: John McConnell
Semesters Offered: Spring
Fee: $85

Wherever you are right in this moment, reading this description, can be considered a meditation.  Meditation is much more that what you might imagine of sitting with your eyes closed and legs crossed; meditation is many, many things.  Meditation can help to reduce stress, improve concentration, improve self-awareness, and increases happiness.
In this class we will have fun in exploring, discussing, and experiencing a vast array of meditations as a group, in hopes of discovering some methods that resonate with who you are and what you enjoy. 

Lifetime Sports & Fitness

PEAC 017: Military Fitness

Instructor: Kevin Elmer, Christopher Cunningham & Wesley Faulkner
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $0

This course is designed to provide participating students with an introduction to Military Physical Fitness training per Army Field Manual 21-20, Physical Fitness Training. The course will challenge students every with at least 45 minutes of physical training. Classes, whenever possible, will take place outside; the classes will shift indoors for inclement weather. At least one class session will take place in the UVM pool.

PEAC 018: Rock Climbing

Instructor: Andrea Charest
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $180

Basic climbing techniques, holds, and strategies are taught in rock climbing. Additionally, students will learn how to belay and become familiar with climbing etiquette and safety practices. This class is held off-campus; students will be required to sign a transportation waiver and provide their own transportation. Please see the special instructions page for more information.

PEAC 026: Jogging for Fitness

Instructor: Kim Loeffler
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $60

The emphasis of this course is on life-long exercise principles combined with the immediate benefit of a strength and aerobic workout. Classes will include running, interval training, hill runs, obstacles and circuit training designed to enhance muscular strength and endurance.  Heart rate training will be discussed and implemented to develop effective training sessions.  Individualization is encouraged and all levels of conditioning are welcome.

PEAC 027: Group Fitness

Instructor: Eli Barrett
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $95

This class is graded on a pass/fail basis. Students who enroll in group fitness will be automatically registered for a group fitness semester pass. To receive a passing grade, students must attend a minimum of 28 group fitness classes throughout the semester. There is no limit as to the number of classes that may be attended and, although it is recommended that students participate in a variety of classes, it is not a requirement. This class is great for regular group fitness participants who are looking for an additional credit or students who are new to group fitness and would like an incentive to participate and try a variety of classes. Please see the special instructions page for more information.

PEAC 029: Cycling & Heart Rate Training

Instructor: Olivia Johnson 
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $75

The course is intended to introduce students to using heart rate monitors and understanding how heart rate specific training programs benefit cyclists. Many of the class sessions will take place in the Spinning room; however, some classes may take place outside - students must provide their own bikes for these class sessions.

PEAC 067: Ice Hockey 1-4

Instructor: Peter Olson
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $90

The Ice Hockey 1-4 (beginner - intermediate) class will focus on the fundamental basics of playing hockey. Through drills and small area games, students will learn and continue to learn proper technique in forward and backward skating, puck handling, passing, and shooting. Students will also learn the basic rules of ice hockey, as well as some team play fundamentals. Equipment required includes: helmet with full shield/case, stick, gloves, and skates.

PEAC 068: 5k/10k Training

Instructor: Kim Loeffler
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $60

This course examines cardio-respiratory fitness, exercise principles, and how to train for 5k or 10k race. This course will serve as a foundation for race training and will emphasize heart rate training, including how to utilize it in establishing and evaluating goals. This course is a great way to keep running through the winter months and to prepare for a spring or summer 5k or 10k race.

PEAC 073: Aikido

Instructor: Benjamin Pincus
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $215

Aikido is a Japanese martial art that emphasizes dynamic, circular throws and pins rather than strikes and kicks. Aikido means “the way of harmonizing with internal power,” or ki. We will practice aerobic conditioning, flexibility and relaxation skills that also cultivate the development of core power and internal energy, falling skills and self-defense techniques. Aikido emphasizes paired practice rather than solo exercises. 

PEAC 074: Kickboxing for Self-Defense

Instructor: Dan Linde
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $75

This course will teach the basic techniques of competitive kickboxing, and then adapt those techniques to create a powerful system for personal protection. Half of each class will involve training "boot camp" style to build up students’ strength and endurance and the second half will involve skill development in learning how to properly apply power through a myriad of techniques and combinations. 

PEAC 099: Triathlon Training

Instructor: Kim Loeffler
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $95

This course will prepare students to successfully compete in a Sprint or Olympic distance triathlon and/or improve upon their current level of triathlon fitness.  Cardiovascular and functional strength training sessions will be performed to improve overall power, strength and endurance in each of the three triathlon disciplines (swim, bike, run).  Instruction covers basic training principles, technique development, transitions and competitive readiness.  Classes will be adjusted to accommodate and benefit all levels of experience from novice to advanced. Class will take place in the PFG Athletic Complex (pool, cycling room, and track/outdoors).

PEAC 118: Cardio Sport Training

Instructor: Kim Loeffler
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $65

This course will provide students the opportunity to participate in Cardio Sport training, which is a comprehensive group fitness adventure that uniquely integrates interval training techniques with compound sports-related movements in an unparalleled inspiring exercise environment. Cardio Sport provides a targeted wellness plan that complements any fitness enthusiast.  Whether you are just beginning your fitness journey or a seasoned athlete, Cardio Sport will deliver an exercise experience that will improve every participant’s overall health and fitness, and provide a motivational atmosphere that drives you to consistency. Check it out online.

PEAC 199: Martial Arts: Tae Kwon Do

Instructor: Dan Linde
Semesters Offered: Fall & Spring
Fee: $95

Tae Kwon Do is a traditional Korean martial art that employs striking techniques as a means of self-defense. The "National sport of Korea", it is best known for its powerful and flashy kicks.  A typical class will incorporate warmups, basic blocking/striking, kick techniques to targets, pattern work (traditional choreographed routines), partner non-contact kicking drills and self-defense releases. Course fee includes uniform. 

 

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