Fitness, Leisure and Wellness (FLW)

FLW 102. Yoga Yashtanga/Vinasa.1 Credit.

Through yoga, students learn to honor their bodies, quiet their minds and relieve stress and anxiety. Practicing yoga helps participants to bring peace and order into their busy lives.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 103. Introduction to Meditation.1 Credit.

Modern neuroscience shows that what we do and think can change the physical structure of the brain - yet often this change occurs unconsciously, when we habitually react to stress in unhealthy ways. This course incorporates Neurosculpting®, a complete approach for consciously reshaping our brains for greater happiness, health, creativity and compassion. Students have a unique experience of meditation, mindfulness, diet and daily practices to help create positive, lasting changes in the brain - and in daily life.

Offered: Every year, Fall

FLW 106. Fundamentals of Boxing.1 Credit.

Basic offensive and defensive boxing skills are taught and practiced. Balance, movement and conditioning are stressed. Timed workouts include rope jumping, punching bags, shadow boxing and sparring. Final class may be held in actual boxing facility.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 109. Indoor Rock Climbing.1 Credit.

This is a basic course in rock climbing, utilizing indoor climbing walls at an off-campus facility. Students are taught proper technique, safety and knots, as well as the purchase, use and maintenance of equipment. Off campus: Prime Club, Wallingford. Students must provide their own transportation.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 113. Beginning Golf.1 Credit.

Students are introduced to the fundamentals of golf, including use of irons, woods and putter, as well as rules of golf and course etiquette. A full set of clubs is provided. Off campus: Sleeping Giant Golf Course, Hamden. Student must provide own transportation.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 115. Beginners Tennis.1 Credit.

Students are introduced to the basic skills of tennis with special emphasis on forehand, backhand, serve and playing strategies. Scoring, rules of tennis, and court etiquette also are presented. Small classes learn in a fun-filled environment. Racquets and balls are provided.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 117. Beginning Golf for Women.1 Credit.

This course is gender-specific for women. It informs a female beginning golfer's understanding and appreciation of the game of golf. Students are introduced to all of the elements of golf as they relate to the rules of the game, the techniques of the various golf swings, and the art of self-management before, during and after a game. Any permanently or temporarily physically challenged individual is welcome to attend this class; special arrangements are made to maximize their golf experience. Full sets of golf clubs are provided.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 118. Jujitsu.1 Credit.

This course focuses on learning and applying the fundamental techniques of Brazilian Jujitsu. Students learn the basic knowledge and skills needed (such as movements, positions and concepts) in a progressive skill building approach. Instruction emphasizes proper technique, mobility, pressure and leverage awareness. The aim is to improve fitness, health and overall wellness. Course is intended for those interested in establishing a foundational knowledge of Brazilian Jujitsu, or for those who would like to learn self-defense.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 119. Advanced Golf Weekend Workshop.1 Credit.

This course is presented as a weekend golf school, with lessons and playing time for intermediate and advanced golfers only. Every aspect of the game is covered in seminars, on the driving range and on the golf course. Students must be available Friday 4-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Off campus: Laurel View Country Club, Hamden. Student must provide own transportation.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 120. Aerobic Instructor Training.1 Credit.

In this class, which is taught on the York Hill Campus, students learn how to teach group fitness classes and become a certified instructor. Certification details are discussed during the first class; there is an additional fee for certification. The class includes safety, formatting, choreography, music, liability and more. Once certified, students may be selected to teach classes at Quinnipiac or other area gyms and fitness centers. No experience necessary.

Offered: As needed

FLW 122. Advanced Tennis Weekend Workshop.1 Credit.

This weekend tennis camp for intermediate and advanced players covers all aspects of the game including stroke production, strategy, conditioning and care of equipment. Students must be available Friday 4-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tennis racquets and balls are provided.

Offered: As needed

FLW 123. Yoga Pilates Fusion.1 Credit.

Yoga Pilates Fusion is a challenging dynamic class that combines the fundamentals of yoga with mat exercises designed by Joseph Pilates. It is a music-driven class that includes warm-up, sun salutations, warrior poses, balance challenges and intensive core work to strengthen both the front and back body. Deep stretches, hip opening sequences and relaxation complete the workout.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 124. PiYo.1 Credit.

PiYo® is a fun, musically driven, high energy, athletic workout inspired by the mind/body practices of Pilates and yoga. It includes dynamic movement, strength training, balance challenges and flexibility training. PiYo® is equipment free and can be done with or without shoes. It offers modifications as well as exercise progressions to meet every student's needs. Benefits of PiYo® include improved strength, flexibility, balance and stress reduction as well as overall fitness.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 125. Pilates.1 Credit.

Pilates is one of the most challenging and effective means of building core stability, improving body mechanics, balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. Starting with the foundation of mat Pilates, this course presents an in-depth approach to breathing instruction, body alignment and a unique set of challenging exercise sequences. Students learn basic anatomy and physiology as it relates to Pilates.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 126. Fundamentals of Kickboxing.1 Credit.

Patterned after the training routines of international competitive kickboxers, this course teaches basic and intermediate boxing and kicking techniques, footwork, combinations, and if desired, light sparring. It provides an excellent cardiovascular workout and flexibility training, while enhancing muscular endurance.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 127. Beginning Fencing.1 Credit.

This course presents the fundamentals of fencing using the three classes of weapons: foil, sabre and epee. Offensive and defensive movements are studied, as well as the techniques of engage, disengage, parry and lunge. It is the perfect sport for students of all ages, sizes and abilities. All equipment is provided.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 128. Step and Sculpt.1 Credit.

This fundamental course offers a unique blend of simple and easy-to-learn step choreography with intervals of strength training using free weights, resistance bands, medicine balls and more. Students improve their overall fitness, including endurance, strength and agility while learning the proper form to execute all exercises.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 130. Stress Management.3 Credits.

The course provides an opportunity to examine stress and its relationship to one's health. Topics include common sources of stress, lifestyle, coping strategies and relaxation techniques. This is a comprehensive course designed to expose students to a holistic approach to stress management, with regards to both cognitive (coping) skills, and a host of relaxation techniques with the intention to reduce the physical symptoms of stress. This course is composed of both theoretical and experiential learning through a series of class exercises and techniques.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 131. Introduction to Orienteering.1 Credit.

Orienteering is a unique mix of fun, fitness, mental challenge and immersion in nature's beauty. In this course, students learn how to read orienteering maps, use a compass for navigation and incorporate physical fitness in an exciting outdoor sport. Using surrounding state/national parks, students traverse terrain, sometimes difficult, to race from point to point while navigating only with a map and compass. Time is split between classroom and outdoor experiences.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 135. Rocks & Ropes Camp-Out Weekend.1 Credit.

This two-day, two-night class includes group challenges, high and low rope course activities, a night hike, and canoe instruction on the lake. Food and lodging are provided. Students must provide their own sleeping bag. Off campus: Deer Lake, Killingworth. Students must provide own transportation.

Offered: Every year, Fall

FLW 139. Fitness Training & Nutritional Strategy.1 Credit.

This fitness program is designed to decrease body fat and increase lean body mass through cardiovascular exercise, circuit training, resistance training, and proper nutrition.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 143. Recreational Games Weekend.1 Credit.

Leisure time games are the agenda for this class. Activities may include volleyball, duckpin bowling, dodgeball, kickball, pickleball and more. Students must be available Friday 4-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 144. Fresh Water Fishing Weekend.1 Credit.

Fishing is one of the most popular recreational activities in America. This course provides information about rods and reels; fishing line, hooks, bobbers and lures; fishing knots; types of fish; releasing fish; cleaning and cooking fish. Instruction includes classroom as well as actual fishing time. Students must be available Friday 4-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Off campus: Hamden ponds. Students must provide own transportation.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 145. willPower & Grace®.1 Credit.

This course is based on willPower & grace®--a dynamic, functional fusion group exercise program. The workout is the ideal cardiovascular solution for mind-body practitioners. It is practiced barefoot, equipment-free and infused with positive and motivating philosophy. The willPower & grace® workout is an easy-to-follow, linear, strong and focused program structured for students of all levels. Goal setting is used to help ensure progression. This workout is a manifestation of strength and elegance. Students learn to link the strength, power and desires of the mind with the demands and potential of the body.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 148. Spinning.1 Credit.

Spinning is an indoor cycling program. Participants set their own level of intensity by adjusting the bike's resistance. Learn proper bike setup and safety, heart rate training guidelines and aerobic base building principles. The riding time begins at 30 minutes and progresses each week with final ride of 1 hour, 15 minutes. Everyone succeeds. Spinning is taught at the York Hill Campus.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 149. Intramural Officiating-Fall Sports.1 Credit.

This class teaches students the rules, mechanics and positioning to officiate intramural flag football, soccer and field hockey contests. Students are provided with information to advance and officiate at the high school level.

Offered: As needed

FLW 150. Dance Salsa Plus!.1 Credit.

This high energy, very rhythmic class introduces students to several forms of Latin Dancing Salsa and Merengue. Students learn the fundamental patterns for "the basic step," body movement, and the art of turning while in motion. Students become aware of musical beats and rhythm while dancing. Cardio and muscle toning through Salsa instruction adds to the workout aspect of the sessions.

Offered: As needed

FLW 151. Cardio Conditioning.1 Credit.

This class delivers a total body workout, combining non-impact aerobic and progressive training with hand-held weights and resistance rubber bands (no weight room). Class activities provide the most efficient and effective methods to improve cardiovascular performance while strengthening and sculpting muscle groups.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 152. Cardio Sculpt and Pump.1 Credit.

This class features a total body workout and an insightful approach to highly practical, safe, adaptable techniques specifically designed to develop strength, balance and flexibility. The instructor utilizes a specific contingent of conditioning exercises with emphasis on precision (no weight room). Aesthetics aside, this is a great way to develop good posture and a strong, flexible, graceful body.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 153. Flow Yoga.1 Credit.

An innovative series of yoga postures that build and flow with sequential linking challenging your muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, balance, and mental stamina.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 154. Cardio Kickboxing.1 Credit.

This is a high-energy aerobic workout consisting of real kickboxing and self-defense techniques choreographed to the latest techno and trance music. Participants sweat and tone the upper and lower body with jabs, punches, kicks and more.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 159. Fitness Leisure Wellness Elec.1-3 Credits.

FLW 161. Ballroom Dancing.1 Credit.

Learn to tango, salsa, swing and more. This course covers basic patterns and some variations in three to four dances with an emphasis on basic technique and learning to move comfortably on the dance floor.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 162. Canoeing Weekend.1 Credit.

In this course, participants learn to canoe. Instruction allows students to explore several parts of the Connecticut coastline including lakes, Farm River and the New Haven harbor. No experience is necessary; all equipment is provided. Students must be available Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Off campus: Hanover Pond, Meriden. Students must provide their own transportation.

Offered: Every year, Fall

FLW 163. Leisure Time Activities for the Aging.1 Credit.

Contests, crafts, karaoke, community service. This class offers a wide variety of leisure time and recreational activities for our aging population. Students will learn appropriate activities for the elderly and have ample opportunities to practice them. The first class sessions will include actvities and how to interact appropriately with elderly populations. Later classes will include actual supervised sessions with groups of seniors. One-half semester; 15 hours. Students will be scheduled for off-campus sessions. Only with permission of instructor, Linda Wooster.

Offered: As needed

FLW 164. Basic Kayaking Skills.1 Credit.

Students are taught the basics of kayaking, paddling techniques, using good judgment, safety and rescue. This two-day workshop consists of classroom studies and hands-on training. The second day consists of a kayak trip to practice and perfect the newly learned skills, learn about kayak safety and rescue. Students must be able to swim.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 165. Introduction to Power Lifting.1 Credit.

This class covers proper form and technique as it relates to weight lifting for beginner and intermediate students. Topics include: the basics of repetition schemes, the effect of changing reps and weights for maximum muscle hypertrophy and/or growth, and proper nutrition for optimal recovery and results, including nutrient timing and basic supplementation for weight lifting. The class includes lectures as well as workout time in the Fitness Center.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 166. Intermediate Ballroom Dancing.1 Credit.

Experienced dancers learn dance steps with an emphasis on technique, style and lead and follow. Dances and techniques taught in this class can be used throughout your lifetime. Skills and dance etiquette learned in this class give you confidence on any dance floor.

Offered: As needed

FLW 167. Walking.1 Credit.

This course introduces students to the performance of fitness walking as a lifelong activity that maintains and enhances physical health and overall well-being. The course provides the information to prepare students to organize, plan and implement a safe walking program.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 168. Intermediate Golf.1 Credit.

This course introduces the concept of course management for intermediate golf players. Shot selection and execution are taught and practiced. Game preparation--both physical and mental--golf course behavior and etiquette, and playing within the written and unwritten rules of the game are incorporated as well.

Offered: As needed

FLW 170. Fitness Frenzy.1 Credit.

In this dynamic course, students learn about the cardiovascular and muscular endurance components of physical fitness through a variety of physical activities to promote health and well-being. Students learn basic anatomy and physiology as it relates to the movements and exercise formats in each class setting. Class design focuses on a specific modality, incorporates core conditioning and ends with flexible strength for a complete training session.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 171. All Levels Golf Weekend.1 Credit.

This class is aimed at improving the playing skills and course management techniques of all participants. This weekend course includes lessons and practice time in a variety of settings. A round of golf is played each day. Golf clubs are provided when necessary. Students must attend ALL sessions: Friday, 4-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Instruction takes place off campus at Laurel View Country Club in Hamden. Students must provide their own transportation.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 172. Introduction to Jazz Technique.1 Credit.

This course combines jazz/modern warm-up with an emphasis on stretching. This technique study enhances body placement (alignment) and conditioning. Students learn general health guidelines and nutrition, while mastering choreography pieces.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 173. Rhythm Tap.1 Credit.

This course offers a study in rhythmic expression using the feet, the body, and theatrical props. Students have an opportunity to perform individual creative expression developing their own patterns of rhythm through the use of the body and/or theatrical props. Each student makes his or her "own music.

Offered: As needed

FLW 174. Ballet to Broadway - Classical Technique Applied to Contemporary Choreography.1 Credit.

This course offers a ballet technique study including classical training in barre, center floor and across the floor. Students learn the influences of Russian, French and Italian, including styles of arm carriage (port de bra) and arabesque lines. They learn ballet technique in strength and body placement, and choreography with contemporary styles using American Musical Theatre arrangements.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 175. Yoga Foundation & Fundamentals.1 Credit.

Yoga is more than movement. This class explores the theory, rationale and basic components of yoga that go beyond the poses themselves. Students focus on movement, meditation and "yogic sleep" and how they fit into our everyday life. This course provides a strong foundation to what yoga is really about. Taught at York Hill.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 176. Physical Activity and Community Service.1 Credit.

This class involves various activities coupled with community service. Activities may include general park maintenance, invasive tree and plant management, and home and neighborhood restoration projects. Course takes place on two consecutive Saturdays; students must be available for both dates. Instruction takes place off campus.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 178. Bowling.1 Credit.

Students learn the proper techniques of bowling, including bowling etiquette. Instruction is targeted to various skill levels, from beginner to advanced bowlers. Topics include proper grip, stance, how to keep score, positioning and different methods of throwing the ball. Instruction takes place off campus; students must provide their own transportation.

Offered: Every year, Spring

FLW 180. Self Defense-Krav Maga.1 Credit.

This course introduces students to the basic physical and mental skill sets needed to increase the probability of surviving an attack. Students focus on nonweapon close combat methods, including proper fighting stance, movement, striking, choke defense, head lock defense and defense against displacement attacks. Students work closely with the instructor in a structured environment where safety is considered the top priority, followed closely by fun and fitness!

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 181. Cardio Stomp.1 Credit.

This class offers a cardio workout with dance influence. The class moves at a high-pace rhythm. Claps, taps and runs get the heart beating to the sound of music. This is a high-speed dance style movement class. Dancers and nondancers, runners and walkers will enjoy this class.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 182. Taekwondo I.1 Credit.

Taekwondo is a form of self-defense, an art form, and a competitive sport. Classes consist of extensive stretching, the teaching of basic forms of self-defense and sparring techniques including traditional punching, kicking and blocking techniques. Students gain an understanding of the ancient martial arts discipline for self-defense, the principles of self-control, focus, balance, oneness and self-discipline. Taekwondo emphasizes the use of the whole body, enhances flexibility and coordination and increases aerobic capability. Promotional tests are held at the end of each semester.

Offered: Every year, Fall and Spring

FLW 190. Essentials of Fitness and Wellness.3 Credits.

The course covers health-related illnesses, leading causes of death and disease prevention through healthy lifestyle choices. Students explore the connections between the dimensions of wellness and the impact on personal health. Topics include the benefits of the five components of physical fitness including cardiovascular, muscle strength, muscle endurance, body composition and flexibility. Students assess their own fitness and wellness through class activities and assignments.

Offered: Every year, Spring

FLW 195. Eco-Fashion.2 Credits.

This unconventional sewing course does not require the operation of a sewing machine or use of textiles to design garments. Students learn sewing basics, including reading patterns, layout and cutting, taking body measurements, conducting fittings and hand-stitching seams. Each student designs and constructs one item of clothing and one accessory item using 100 percent sustainable materials. Finished projects are showcased at the Sustainable Fashion Show on Earth Day, which is fully organized and managed by students.

Offered: Every year, Spring

FLW 199. Ind Study.1 Credit.

FLW 215. Wellness Through Community Action: Best Buddies.2 Credits.

Students actively participate in planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating a community event with a service learning approach. Students have meaningful involvement in planning the Best Buddies CT walk hosted by the School of Health Sciences. Essential topics to be covered include dimensions of wellness, event planning, sponsorship, marketing, programming, volunteer management and intellectual and developmental disability awareness. Students must be available for the Best Buddies weekend, Saturday 9 a.m.-noon, Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Offered: Every year, Fall

FLW 282. Taekwondo II.1 Credit.

This class is designed for the student who wishes to continue studying the art and sport of Taekwondo including punching, kicking and blocking techniques, as well as the disciplines of self-control, focus, balance and oneness. Taekwondo teaches students techniques to defend themselves, provides a great workout and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Prerequisites: Take FLW 180 or FLW 182;
Offered: As needed

FLW 283. Fundamentals of Mixed Martial Arts.1 Credit.

This fundamentals course uses mixed martial arts techniques from all over the world to teach students the proper skills of kickboxing, wrestling and Brazilian Jujitsu. Students achieve a high level of strength, speed and coordination while learning about flexibility, muscular strength and endurance during this cardiovascular workout.

Prerequisites: Take one course from PE 106 PE 126 PE 180 PE 182 or consent from the instructor.
Offered: As needed