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Athletics and Recreation Courses

Fall 2018 Schedule

General Courses

Course # Course Name Meeting Time Location & Notes
AR 100 Aqua Magic Monday 9:00-10:00 a.m.


AR 101A Aqua Energizer Tuesday 9:00-10:00 a.m.


AR 101B Aqua Energizer Thursday 9:00-10:00 a.m.


AR 101C Aqua Energizer Friday 9:00-10:00 a.m.


AR 102 Wild Water Workout Wednesday 9:00-10:00 a.m.


AR 120 Hatha Yoga Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 121A Alignment-Based Yoga Monday 9:00-10:00 a.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 121B Alignment-Based Yoga Wednesday 9:00-10:00 a.m. Aerobics Studio

AR 122

Functional Yoga Therapy Tuesday 9:00-10:00 a.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 123 Chair Yoga Tuesday 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 124A Slow Vinyasa Flow Thursday 10:00-11:00 a.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 124B Slow Vinyasa Flow Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 125 Integrative Yoga Friday 9:00-10:00 a.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 130 Pilates/Yoga Combo Monday 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 131 Pilates with Props Wednesday 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 140 YogaRun Tuesday 7:15-8:30 a.m. Lobby
AR 141 Cardio Interval & Sculpt Tuesday 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 142 Zumba Tuesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 143A Cardio Fusion Wednesday 7:30-8:30 a.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 143B Cardio Fusion Friday 7:30-8:30 a.m. Aerobics Studio
AR 150 Dodgeball Thursday 9:00-10:00 p.m. Gymnasium
AR 151 Boffing Saturday 1:00-3:00 p.m. Gymnasium
AR 152A Intramural Basketball Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Gymnasium - Begins 9/3, Ends 10/1
AR 152B Intramural Basketball Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Gymnasium - Begins 9/5, Ends 10/3

AR 153 Volleyball Thursday 8:00-9:00 p.m. Gymnasium
AR 154 Racquetball Tuesday 5:30-6:30 p.m. Racquetball Court
AR 160 Running Club

Wednesday 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m.


Instructional Courses – Registration Opens August 27

Course # Course Name Meeting Time Location & Notes
AR 200 Swim America Instructor Training

Classroom:  Sept. 5 & 7, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Practicals:  Saturday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

KAC 9/15 - 10/27  Must attend 2 days

$25 fee

AR 201A Swim Lessons (novice) Tuesday 7:00-7:30 p.m. Pool - Begins 9/4, Ends 11/13
AR 201B Swim Lessons (intermediate) Tuesday 7:30-8:00 p.m. Pool - Begins 9/4, Ends 11/13
AR 220 Anatomy of Yoga through the Chakra System Wednesday 7:00-8:00 p.m. Aerobics Studio - Begins 9/5, Ends 12/5
AR 230 7 Form Taiji (Tai Chi) - Foundations and Applications Thursday 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aerobics Studio - Begins 9/6, Ends 12/6
AR 231 Tai Chi and Qigong Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. Aerobics Studio - Begins 9/10, Ends 10/15
AR 240 Kettlebell Training for Strength and Conditioning Sunday 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Aerobics Studio - Begins 9/2, Ends 12/9
AR 241 Weight Training for Strength Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. Weight Room - Begins 9/2, Ends 12/9
AR 242 Functional Pattern Training Sunday 4:00-5:00 p.m. Aerobics Studio - Begins 9/2, Ends 12/9
AR 250 Beginner Rock Climbing Monday 5:00-6:00 p.m. Climb Wall - Begins 9/10, Ends 12/3
AR 251 Intermediate Rock Climbing Tuesday 5:00-6:00 p.m. Climb Wall - Begins 9/4, Ends 12/4
AR 252 Advanced Rock Climbing Thursday 5:00-6:00 p.m. Climb Wall - Begins 9/6, Ends 12/6
AR 260 Tennis/Squash Thursday 5:00-6:00 p.m. Tennis Court/Squash Court - Begins 9/6, Ends 12/6

Competitive Athletics

Course # Course Name Meeting Time Location & Notes
AR 300 Swim Team

Interest Meeting:  9/6, 7:15 p.m.

Practice - Monday, Wednesday, Friday:  6:00-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday:  5:15-6:00pm

AR 320 Soccer Team

Practice - Monday, Wednesday, Friday:  4:00-6:00 p.m.

Soccer Field - Begins 8/27, Ends 10/28
AR 330 Basketball Team

Practice - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:  6:30-9:30 p.m.

Thursday:  5:00-8:00 p.m.

Basketball Court - Begins 10/15, Ends 12/8

Swim Test

Course # Course Name Meeting Time Location & Notes
AR 400A Swim Test Monday 5:00-6:00 p.m. Pool
AR 400B Swim Test Wednesday 5:00-6:00 p.m. Pool
AR 400C Swim Test Friday 5:00-6:00 p.m. Pool

Course Descriptions

Aqua Magic

AR 100 | Instructor Louise Levy

Watch as your aches and pains disappear like magic in this fun, energizing workout! Regardless of your fitness level, you will leave the pool feeling refreshed, relaxed, and ready for your day. This class utilizes the deep and shallow ends of the pool and includes both a cardio element and postural exercises designed to improve your balance and flexibility. Channel your inner Esther Williams and let the magic of the water work on you!

Aqua Energizer

AR 101 | Instructor Laurie McLeod

Aqua energizer is a class for people of all ages and activity levels. The focus is on working the body, mind, and spirit via simple and engaging exercises that make the most out of how water can both free and support our whole selves. Class begins with a 20 minute warm-up in the shallow end followed by a 20 minute blast of faster-paced aerobic exercises. The class finishes in the deep end working with flotation devices. People are encouraged to work at their own pace and adjust any of the exercises to meet their own needs. This class is friendly, dynamic, and really fun!

Wild Water Workout

AR 102 | Instructor Tes Reed

Enjoy a full hour of total body exercise as we explore the benefits of working out in the water. We start with a warm-up, followed by 30 minutes of cardio in the shallow end to get our hearts pumping while supporting our bone health with gentle impact running and bouncing. The last 30 minutes of class are spent in the deep end using flotation devices and working on muscle-specific exercises that benefit from the water's resistance. We work both sets of all opposing muscle groups all while strengthening our core. This class is fun, social, open to all levels, and encourages participants to work at their own pace.

Hatha Yoga

AR 120 | Instructor Scott Smith

This is a more traditional Yoga class that involves holding poses for a span of several breaths.  This practice helps to develop greater awareness and focus, strength, stamina, and flexibility.  All levels welcome.

Alignment-Based Yoga

AR 121 | Instructor Lindsey Siegal

In this class, we will use asana not only to stretch and strengthen the body safely, but to practice core habits of self-care -- full breathing, healthy posture, and mindfulness. Students can expect to hold poses for at least several breaths and to develop body awareness through precision alignment instructions.  Adjustments to the class will be made for injuries and varying levels of student experience.

Functional Yoga Therapy

AR 122 | Instructor Susan Perry

Learn the fundamentals of Functional Yoga Therapy with all kinds of props.  Create space and release stress in all areas of your body.  EVERYONE IS WELCOME!  This class is a wonderful way to increase flexibility, enhance strength, and gain greater connection to subtle body wisdom.

Chair Yoga

AR 123 | Instructor Susan Perry

Not everyone can get up and down off the floor easily making traditional Yoga classes difficult.  With the help of a chair, anyone can practice Yoga with the same benefits of increased circulation, balance, flexibility, mobility, and strength.  Chair Yoga is recommended for those with arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer recovery, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, post-op rehabilitation, and others with limited mobility.  Chair Yoga is also a wonderful way to slow down your existing Yoga practice and reconnect to your mind, body, and spirit with the ease of the great space-maker, the chair.  We will use some easy Functional Yoga Therapy techniques to increase awareness of areas of resistance and also practice some simple breath work and meditation in this full 60 minute class.  No prior Yoga experience needed.  Everyone is welcome!

Slow Vinyasa Flow

AR 124 | Instructor Scott Smith

A breath-oriented flowing sequence of Yoga poses.  Enjoy the many benefits of Flow Yoga, including increased strength and flexibility.  Leave feeling relaxed and refreshed!  Beginner to Intermediate level.

Integrative Yoga

AR 125 | Instructor Susan Perry

Discover and deepen the mind/body connection for health, healing, and happiness through a delicious 60 minute journey of Integrative Yoga!  The practice strengthens and tones the entire body, enhances balance, calms the mind, improves flexibility, and builds strength both inside and out.  Open to all levels.  Some Yoga experience helpful, but not required.

Pilates/Yoga Combo

AR 130 | Instructor Lynn Archambeault

This is a beginner/intermediate level class combining the continuous flow of stretching and Yoga with the core strengthening and toning of Pilates exercises.

Pilates with Props

AR 131 | Instructor Sharon True

Using a variety of equipment such as large and small exercise balls, the Magic Circle, and flexbands, this beginner/intermediate level Pilates mat class helps you connect with your core. At the end of the class you will feel stretched and strong, from the inside-out.


AR 140 | Instructor Janet Lee

Running and walking are great ways to stay in shape, but these activities alone can cause tightness and mobility issues. Yoga is wonderful for lengthening and strengthening the body, but it doesn't necessarily build cardiovascular stamina. Now there is an opportunity to get the benefits from both!  Join Janet Lee on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 am for YogaRun!  We will start with a few minutes of stretching, head out for your choice of a 2-4 mile run or a shorter distance of fast walking, and then enjoy 30 minutes of Yoga designed specifically to target those areas impacted by running/walking. Weather permitting, we will be outside enjoying the beautiful Simon's Rock campus and yoga on the tennis courts. All levels are welcome!

Cardio Interval and Sculpt 

AR 141 | Instructor Donna Roots

A fun, high-energy class that combines cardio interval training and weight training to provide an effective workout for the entire body and a calorie-incinerating burn that will last even after you leave the gym!


AR 142 | Instructor Donna Roots

Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning Dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health.

Cardio Fusion

AR 143 | Instructor Denise Dufault

Be prepared to get your heart rate up and work hard as we sweat our way through exercises targeted to burn fat, increase strength, and improve your balance and stability. This class includes many styles of cardiovascular exercise such as low impact aerobics, step aerobics, dance, circuits, and interval training.


AR 150 | Rochelle Duffy, Facilitator

Players try to hit other players with balls and avoid being hit. Good times!


AR 151 | Jacques Ben-Avie, Facilitator

A fast paced, physical sport in which participants compete against each other with foam, medieval-style weapons in a safe and controlled environment.

Intramural Basketball

AR 152 | Arty Epstein, Facilitator

This activity offers the beginner an opportunity to learn new skills and for the experienced player to improve their skills.  Each class will include either a half-court or full-court game.  A good warm-up for the competitive basketball season!


AR 153 | Rochelle Duffy, Facilitator

Join with others to engage in this fun, internationally popular sport!  Whether learning the fundamentals of the game or improving experienced skills that you already have, enjoy a game of volleyball with your friends and peers!


AR 154 | Marcia Sweet, Facilitator

Try this fun, fast-paced game in which players alternately hit a small rubber ball off the front wall of the court, trying to win each rally by serving or returning the ball so that the opposing player is unable to keep the ball in play.  A great workout!  Open to beginners and experienced players alike.

Running Club

AR 160 | Hilary Yarger, Facilitator

Running Club is a fun, non-competitive fitness activity. All runners of varying skill levels are encouraged to join! Members will warm up, run, cool down, and stretch together during each practice. The course consists of a loop around the campus, allowing for each runner to customize the workout length and speed. No experience is necessary, and beginners are welcome. The goal is to form friendships and pursue a lifelong love of running!

Instructional Courses – Registration Opens August 27

Swim America Instructor Training

AR 200 | Instructor Bill Meier

Through classroom work and practical applications in the pool, you will learn how to teach non-swimmers from 5 years old and up how to swim. Successful completion of this course will entitle you to work in the school-age lesson program. If you love kids and might be considering a future of working with young people, this is a perfect opportunity.  ($25 fee)

Swim Lessons 

AR 201 | Aquatic Staff

If you’ve never had the time to learn to swim, are fearful of water, know how to “dog paddle” but want more, or are a fairly accomplished swimmer that would like to improve your butterfly – do we have lessons for you! Let your fellow student’s help you learn the skills that you want.

Anatomy of Yoga through the Chakra System 

AR 220 | Instructor Susan Perry

Anatomy of Yoga through the Chakra System takes a deep dive into the richness of yoga through an exploration of the interconnection between the ancient practice of yoga (to yoke mind, body, and spirit), and the vital energy centers traditionally called chakras.

What does the word 'chakra' really mean? Chakra, literally meaning wheel, is an energy center in the body that can be accessed and balanced through yoga practices of asana, (posture work), pranayama (breath work), meditation, and mudra (hand symbols). The chakras evoke mystery, an artistic imagination and the healing power of sound as a means to get to know our inner selves. 

Many traditions including Indian Tantra, Tibetan Buddhism, Qigong, and the Kabbalah, share teachings of a 'body beyond the body' known as the subtle body. This energetic system can affect how we feel on a daily basis and can point out how our system aligns with obstacles in our life. By recognizing that there is more to the body than meets the eye, we can learn to move through life with ease and grace.

In the course you will:

  • Practice asana, pranayama, meditation, and mudra sequences for each energetic system.
  • Explore the prime elements, color, sacred geometric design, sound, and animal totem that correlates with each chakra.
  • Practice sensing, feeling, and mobilizing the anatomical structures of the chakras
  • Identify the micro centers for physical, archetypal, psychic, and spiritual energy
  • Discover the typical causes of deterioration and ways to promote health of specific chakras

Final Assessment: Students are required to keep a journal throughout the course reflecting upon their respective individual experiences. At the end of the course each student will present a brief outline of a significant experience with a corresponding posture or chakra as affirmation.

7 Form Taiji (Tai Chi) - Foundations and Applications

AR 230 | Instructor Greg DiLisio

Delve into the essence of traditional Taiji practice by learning the Evidence-Based 7 movement Taiji form developed by master Yang-Yang.  Classes will focus on the fundamental principles of Taiji through which students will develop the skills necessary to harness and nurture energy and to move with greater efficiency, power, and grace.

No prior experience is necessary as all levels are welcome.

Because it bridges the body and the mind, Taiji has been referred to as “meditation in movement.”  It allows us to better understand the nature of reality and to interact with others in a healthy manner, thus improving our lives and the lives of others.  Through focusing and sharpening the mind to more clearly perceive sensations, thoughts, and feelings, we gain perspective to act more appropriately in every unique situation in everyday life.

“With your whole being, develop your life” is the ultimate intention of Taiji.

In this course you will:

  • Practice range of motion and agility exercises to develop greater flexibility, strength, and power
  • Practice static and dynamic meditation
  • Learn martial art applications
  • Explore energy movement and improve listening and application skills through Push Hands (two-person work)
  • Improve physical well-being
  • Generate a tranquil and aware mind

Final assessment:

Students will perform the 7 movement Taiji form and demonstrate the energy and intention designed into each component of the form.  Specifically, students will execute martial art applications inherent in the 7 form, demonstrating:

  • Correct direction
  • Appropriate amount of force over the correct amount of time
  • Finesse, grace, posture, and proper alignment

Taiji and Qigong 

AR 231 | Instructor David Haines

You will learn a simple and easy to do Tai Chi form.  Tai Chi is a sequence of individual postures with names such as "Waving Hands like Clouds" and "Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg" that flow from one to the other like a calm river.  They teach us to be relaxed, yet alert; meditative by nature, yet active.  Dynamic balance is achieved.  While learning the outward appearance of the form, you will also be learning to activate the inner or intrinsic energy that the outward postures express.  This class is appropriate for beginners as well as those with Tai Chi or Qigong experience.

Kettlebell Training for Strength and Conditioning

AR 240 | Instructor Jamie McDermott

A kettlebell is a cast iron weight that resembles a cannonball with a handle.  Originally coming into popular use in Russia during the 19th century, the kettlebell has seen a growing resurgence of use within the fitness industry over the past 15 years.

The design of the kettlebell allows for movements that make it a superb tool for building power, endurance, and strength.  As the weight of the kettlebell is offset from center when one holds it in certain positions, it is also an excellent tool for improving shoulder stability.  The kettlebell allows for training that provides a very high functional carry-over to any activity.

In this course students will:

  • Learn how to perform primary kettlebell movements correctly and safely
  • Become familiar with the strength training concept of high tension
  • Improve neuromuscular coordination
  • Improve flexibility
  • Develop increased power, strength, and work capacity

Final Assessment:
Students must demonstrate the following movements with correct form while using a ‘testing weight’ kettlebell, the weight of which will be determined during the semester.

  • Single arm swing: 10 reps
  • Double clean: 5 reps
  • Press: 5 reps
  • Double front squat: 5 reps
  • Snatch: 5 reps
  • Get up: 1 rep

Class size limited to 6. Prerequisite: None

Weight Training for Strength

AR 241 | Instructor Jamie McDermott

Barbell weight training has long been, and continues to be, one of the most effective means for developing high levels of strength.

The barbell demands integrated movement, which requires the body to work effectively as a whole, coordinated unit.  This quality makes the barbell an excellent tool for developing strength with a very high functional carry-over to any activity.

In this course you will:

  • Learn the correct form of barbell lifts
  • Become familiar with concepts of strength training and program design
  • Improve neuromuscular coordination
  • Improve overall strength
  • Learn and practice correct spotting technique

Final Assessment:

Students must demonstrate the following lifts with correct form while using a ‘testing weight’ which will be determined during the semester.

  • Squat
  • Deadlift
  • Benchpress
  • Overhead press
  • Bent Over Row

Class size limited to 6. Prerequisite: None

Functional Pattern Training

AR 242 | Instructor Jamie McDermott

Functional Pattern Training will delve deep into the science of effective exercise training.

It has been said that exercise is like medicine – the right kind in the right amount can improve health; the wrong kind in the wrong amount can be harmful.  This course will explore the means by which you may determine the right kind and amount of exercise that is most appropriate for yourself.

Learn how to develop a foundation of efficient movement and stabilization, and how to build upon this to improve the overall effective functionality of the body as a whole, integrated system for any level of performance.

Students will become familiar with:

  • Neuromuscular development of stabilizer systems through stages of infant development
  • Motor engram learning process
  • Anatomy and kinesiology of the core
  • Assessment of core function, coordination, and strength
  • Basic movement patterns
  • Progression/regression of basic movement patterns
  • Elements of exercise program design

Final Assessment:

Students will develop and finalize a workout program for themselves incorporating all of the topics covered during the course.

Beginner Rock Climbing

AR 250 | Instructor Sean Hobin

An opportunity for those unacquainted with rock climbing to get exposed to the fundamentals of this challenging and engaging sport.  Students will learn skills such as how to rope climb safely, how to belay, and how to tie a figure 8 follow through knot.  Most importantly, students will learn how fun rock climbing can be and why it is one of the fastest growing sports in the world!  This is a great way to conquer a fear of heights.

By the end of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to climb beginner’s bouldering problems and top rope routes.

Class size limited to 6. Beginners welcome

Intermediate Rock Climbing

AR 251 | Instructor Sean Hobin

When one already knows the basics, we’re able to dive into some of the more complicated facets of rock climbing; such as how to read beta from the ground and to perform more difficult moves like flags, backflags, plies, dynos, backsteps, etc….  This class involves both bouldering and top rope.

By the end of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to climb bouldering problems with a difficulty of at least V3 and top rope routes with a difficulty of at least 5.9

Class size limited to 6. Prerequisite: Must have prior climbing experience and ability to climb a V2/5.7 without assistance.

Advanced Rock Climbing

AR 252 | Instructor Sean Hobin

In our most advanced rock climbing course, students will build on well-established climbing fundamentals.  The focus will be on lead, going over both lead climbing and lead belaying in depth.  Lead climbing involves constant communication between a climber and belayer, and all vocal commands, hand signals, and unspoken rules of lead will be discussed.  Because lead climbing is inherently more technical, those interested in this class must be comfortable climbing at least a 5.9 without assistance.

By the end of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to climb a 5.10 without assistance.

Class size limited to 4. Prerequisite: Must have prior climbing experience and ability to climb a V3/5.9 without assistance.


AR 260 | Instructor Jim Ladden

Learn the fundamentals of these two fun games. Not only are we hitting a little ball, we’re hitting it hard. An excellent way to relieve stress!

Competitive Athletics

Swim Team

AR 300 | Coach Bill Meier

Soccer Team

AR 320 | Coaches Bruce Blair and Terry Trushel

Basketball Team

AR 330 | Coach Arty Epstein

All of our teams practice at least 3 times per week for 1½ to 2 hours and compete against other small colleges and private high schools in the Berkshire region.  Experience in the respective discipline is helpful, but not required.  All students are encouraged to join our teams. GO LLAMAS!!!

Swim Test

Swim Test

AR 400 | Aquatics Staff

Students come to the pool at any of the day/times that are listed to show successful completion of the 5 Competencies of Swimming as outlined by the Red Cross. The ability to swim is an important Life skill that offers varied fitness options and safety in the aquatic environment.  We believe that every student should have these basic skills.