Sports Center

Classes

Classes for Fall 2020 will be a combination of Socially Distanced In-Person courses as well as Remote options. Please check out our current class selection on SOLAR and our website for more detail information on what courses are offered for Fall 2020.

Love yoga? Want to take a break and meditate? Taking a class through athletics, fitness, and outdoor programs will give you the answers and also help you graduate.

With around 37 classes per quarter offered by top-notch instructors, you're bound to learn something new, keep boredom at bay, and keep your mind and body in tiptop shape. Find inspiration in the descriptions below. Courses will be a combination of in-person socially distanced and remote options for Fall 2020.

See the course catalog for the nuts and bolts of what's required for graduation and what’s being offered each semester.

Backcountry Navigation

Instructor: Rodney Sofich

Have you ever been lost in the back-country, or wondered how to really use that compass that you got for your birthday five years ago? Rest assured, this class helps you learn and practice your map-reading and compass skills. We invest a few afternoon sessions on campus learning the necessary navigation basics for backcountry travel; a couple of days of navigating off-trail in some gorgeous areas close to campus that helps us further solidify these skills. This is an excellent class for those who want to play in the backcountry on their own or lead outdoor trips in the future.

Tuesday Evenings 6-8pm Combination in-person and Remote 2020

Ballet

Instructor: Vanessa Thiessen

Ballet ll/lll is a beginning intermediate Ballet class. It will be taught with the understanding that the student has had some ballet instruction prior to this class and has a grasp of the beginning ballet vocabulary.

Note: This class is offered through the dance department, and you can receive both academic and PE credit for taking the class. Please direct any questions to the dance department.

Co-ED Fitness for Soccer Advanced

Instructors: Larry Beutler, Ethan Smith-Gillespie

The Reed College men’s soccer team (known as Reed FC) plays a schedule of competitive games during the fall season of the Cascade Collegiate Soccer League (CCSL). The CCSL is affiliated with the Oregon Adult Soccer Association (OASA) and is made up of club teams from colleges throughout western Oregon. Home games are played on the Steele Street pitch, attended by many students, faculty and neighbors from the surrounding community. Reed FC plays a style of soccer that combines the unique talents of students who come to Reed from many different countries around the world.

This course will be focused on skills and fitness for fall 2020. Prior experience with soccer advised.

Monday and Friday 4-6pm/ In-person 2020

Co-ED Fitness for Soccer Beginning

Instructors: Larry Beutler, Ethan Smith-Gillespie

Students will have the opportunity to develop personal fitness levels for competitive and recreational soccer. Through weekly field-based training sessions, students will focus on developing and maintaining stamina, speed and agility for soccer while also developing individual ball handling skills. Students will also view instructional videos to support personal training and game strategies. All classes will be conducted with proper social distancing and sanitation of equipment. Open to students of all skill levels who want to enhance their enjoyment of the game.

Wednesday 4-6pm/ In-Person

Folk Dancing: From Classical Greek to Modern Israeli

Instructor: Bill Nelson 62'

Folk dancing, first and foremost, is about the joy of moving to music, combined with the celebration of community. The dances are usually done in a line or circle, giving the novice dancer the support of fellow dancers on either side. Historically, folk dancing, as I know it, began with the Greek hora about 3,000 years ago (as described by Homer). 

The class introduces students to some of the multitude of ethnic dances that
have evolved from the classical Greek Hora during the last 3,000 years . The Jewish
dance, Hava Nagila, is a famous example of a folk dance that evolved from the Greek Hora!

Students who take the class receive all the wonderful music played in the class!
And, soon, will receive videos of all our dances as well!

Class Days: Sunday 3:30-5:30 (Sports Center-Gym 1)-In-Person

Hip-Hop Dance 1-2

Instructor: D.J. Rayley

This class teaches and breaks down the fundamental execution of Hip Hop movement. Students will explore foundational B-boy steps, Popping, Locking, footwork and other urban related dance crazes and social forms in order to practice the building blocks for developing confidence, self-expression, and a personal street groove. In addition, this class emphasizes cardiovascular conditioning, balance, agility, coordination, improvisation and choreography. This course is open to all students interested in Hip Hop. The class is designed to teach beginners and challenge advanced students.

Fridays 4:40pm-6pm PAB 128/240 In-Person

Intro to Climbing Knots and Hitches

Instructor: Rodney Sofich

Knots and Hitches are more complex than you think, come learn all the various knots every climber should have in their back pocket. Impress your friends with rope tricks, be prepared for any emergency rope need. Instructor Rodney Sofich will lead you every week in hands on but socially distanced lessons.

2nd Quarter Only Tuesday Evenings 6-8pm Combination in-person and Remote 2020

Intro to Outdoor Activities

Instructor: Will Symms

In this inclusive beginner class, will work to show individuals through virtual and in person teaching different aspects of Outdoor Activities such as: Backcountry Cooking, How to pack a backpack, Camp set up/selection, trip logisitic planning and much more.

2nd Quarter ONLY Wednesdays 3-6pm-Outdoor Center/ In-person and Remote

Juggling

Instructor: Stuart Celarier

Learn to juggle! An incredible variety of juggling and related forms await you including flow arts, circus arts, and object manipulation. Equipment is provided. Students start with learning 3-ball juggling, and are given the opportunity to explore in many directions including 3-ball tricks, partner juggling, adding more balls, club juggling and passing, diabolo, poi, staff, hoops, rolling globe, unicycle, and more. Individual instruction and small group instruction allows students to progress in different directions, and informal mini-workshops introduce new skills each term.

Juggling has been offered at Reed since 1979, which has fostered a vibrant and dedicated juggling community in Portland. The local jugglers host the Portland Juggling Festival at Reed College, a weekend filled with workshops, special guests and shows. The festival, which is free to the Reed community, attracts 500 jugglers and has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Wednesdays 7-9pm/ Remote

Level 1 Self Defense Theory and Fitness

Instructors: James Morrison, Maria Thomas

Level 1 Self-Defense Theory and Fitness

(Formerly ABC's of Self-Defense)  Self defense is more than just punching and kicking--it starts with our mindset and our ability to set and maintain boundaries. How can we best prepare ourselves for self-defense in the midst of social-distancing and online learning?  Each week we will work on building your endurance and agility, as well as the physical skills necessary to defend yourself if a confrontation does become physical. If you want your body to be able to run fast or fight hard in an emergency, you have to teach it how!  This course also provides a foundational understanding of situational awareness, assertive behavior, and violence dynamics that can help students to de-escalate confrontational situations before they become physical.


To participate in this class you must be able to turn your camera on in the zoom call so that we can give you enough feedback to make sure you are moving safely. If you can register for the class with someone in your quarantine bubble PLEASE DO--having a training partner will greatly enrich your experience. This class will be scaled to match the relevant restrictions during the pandemic.  We may have the opportunity to train as a socially distanced class, or we may have to meet entirely online; either way the course will be built to optimize your learning. 


This class is open to all experience levels, but focuses on providing a safe and welcoming environment for beginners.

Class time Friday's 1:45pm-3:45pm/ Remote

Level 2 Self Defense Theory and Fitness

Instructors: James Morrison, Maria Thomas

Level 2 Self-Defense Theory and Fitness

This class is open to students who have completed at least one quarter of Level 1.  In addition to improving the skills you learned last quarter, we will introduce more advanced techniques and continue to improve your strength and endurance.  In addition to self-defense knowledge like violence dynamics and using assertive communication, this course will cover nutritional and fitness information--self defense begins with how you treat yourself! If you want your body to be able to run fast or fight hard in an emergency, you have to build it up and teach it how.  

To participate in this class you must be able to turn your camera on in the zoom call so that we can give you enough feedback to make sure you are moving safely. If you can register for the class with someone in your quarantine bubble PLEASE DO--having a training partner will greatly enrich your experience. This class will be scaled to match the relevant restrictions during the pandemic.  We may have the opportunity to train as a socially distanced class, or we may have to meet entirely online; either way the course will be built to optimize your learning.

Class time Friday's 4:10-6:10pm/ Remote

Lower Body Abs

Instructor: Melissa Monsef

Lower Body and Abs class is an action packed combination of cardiovascular and strength training that primarily target the leg and abdominal muscles. Upper body sculpting exercises are also included. Students will learn proper form and muscle building techniques while getting a great workout using steps and dumbbells.

Monday and Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm/ Remote

Meditation for Wellness & Resiliency

Instructor: Lisa Stanley

Meditation practices support us in feeling more present and relaxed by harmonizing body and mind. In turn, this helps us recognize and work with patterns of stress and overwhelm, as well as physical and emotional challenges. Using an approach of gentleness and strength we’ll explore various techniques that relate with the breath, thoughts, and sense perceptions.  We’ll engage with sitting, walking, standing and supine postures.  This class includes some outdoor practice sessions, allowing us to tap into the beauty and calm of nature areas around campus. We’ll discuss and reflect on how these mindfulness practices blend into one’s daily life.

NOTE: No special equipment needed and can be done in any  private space where you can be uninterrupted, and able to sit with lying down an option.

Section 1: Monday/Wednesday 5:30-6:30pm Remote

Section 2: Tuesday/Thursday 5-6pm Remote

Off Campus PE

Instructor: Michael Lombardo

Criteria Off Campus PE is an option for people seeking a PE credit through various sanctioned recreational activities. For Off Campus PE individuals typically train or take classes at an off campus studio or gym for a specific activity. The attendance policy is the same as regularly offered Reed PE courses and proof of attendance is required for successful completion. Students are responsible to cover all costs associated with any Off Campus PE activities, financial subsidies will not be  provided by the AFOP department. All Off Campus PE credit must be authorized by the Director of Athletics, Fitness and Outdoor Programs prior to the course starting to ensure it meets the requirements for PE credit. Students must officially register for Off Campus PE prior to each quarter that they are engaged in their off campus efforts in order to be eligible to receive PE credit.

Please be aware that you are only eligible to receive PE credit for Off Campus PE if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have already completed at least 4 of your PE credits through prior classes at the Sports Center or transfer PE credits already accepted by the registrar.
  • You have a compelling reason or extenuating circumstance justifying your request to take a physical education class that the Reed PE program cannot provide to you, which would be determined after a conversation/proposal between the student & Director of Athletics, Fitness and Outdoor Programs.

The activity must:

  •  take place in a professional facility (fitness center, yoga studio, etc.) - be supervised by a fitness professional - meet no less than 2 hours weekly over a period of 7 consecutive weeks - occur during the academic quarter that you are registered for OCPE

Verification of your attendance and participation of the activity on official letterhead must be submitted to the Director of Athletics, Fitness and Outdoor Programs at the end of the quarter.

Please take note: Students can only take two (2) combined of the non-directed classes (OCPE, Swim Fitness, Meditation, Running Club, Independent Climb) but otherwise you can take as many of the directed classes as you'd like!

For more information contact Michael Lombardo/lombardm@reed.edu

This course is not currently offered for Fall 2020

Pilates

Instructor: Mary Bradley

Pilates is a system of exercise founded by Joseph Pilates. Pilates is designed to enhance your physical strength, flexibility, posture, and mental awareness. The class will focus on strengthening your core muscles. Core muscles include your back, abdomen and hips. Concentration, Control, Centering, Precision, Breathing and Flow are the six principles of Pilates. Classes are multilevel and modifiable to student needs. Each student is able to progress according to their own ability. Some sessions incorporate techniques from The MELT Method. MELT is the first neurofascial pain relief, self-treatment technique. www.meltmethod.com

WHAT TO WEAR: Wear fitness, workout or yoga clothes. Bring a water bottle. We wear socks or go barefoot in class.

CONTACT: 503-267-2415 or pilatesmeltmary@gmail.com

Monday/Wednesday 12-1pm/ Remote

Pilates Mat Class

Instructor: Tyra Lovato

Pilates is a system of exercise founded by Joseph Pilates. Pilates is designed to enhance your physical strength, flexibility, posture, and mental awareness.

Tuesday/Thursday 5-6pm/ Remote

Rugby

Instructor: Rachel Johnson

COVID-19 adapted Rugby 

Will focus on expanding Rugby IQ through film analysis and the exploration of various attack and defensive structures and principles of play.  Students will have the opportunity to enjoy rugby viewing with the team while also developing teamwork and leadership skills through small analysis presentations. Students will engage in safely social distanced physical exercise which will focus on rugby specific movements, game demand and fundamental rugby technical skills. 

Useful and/or necessary equipment and space of course:

  • Each student needs internet connection and screen/computer
  • Each student should have their own ball (could share but then would need to ensure proper cleaning procedure)
  • Rugby Field space to perform individual or small group social distanced exercise and skills HUDL* software.

Practice Wednesdays 4pm-6pm, Sundays 12pm-2pm.  REMOTE

 

Running Outdoors

Instructor: Chris Lydgate

Running is a fundamental human activity like no other. Running Outdoors is an independent PE course, meaning there is no fixed schedule or location for your runs. Run on your own or with friends. The only requirement is that you run twice a week—you decide the pace, the distance, and the terrain. Explore some of the amazing trails and routes around Reed. Open to runners of all abilities. Instructor: Chris Lydgate ’90 clydgate@reed.edu

There is a REMOTE Orientation Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 5pm/ Remote

Strength Training Advanced

Instructor: Ward Holverson

The focus of this class is to instruct the student in the proper use of the strength training equipment available in the Sports Center weight room. There will be an emphasis on proper form and etiquette in the space. Students will be expected to keep an online training journal viewable by the instructor. Participants will have an initial meeting with the instructor via Zoom to establish the expectations of the class. Video instruction on equipment use will be available throughout the quarter. Students will also have the opportunity to schedule personal instruction in the weight room. Inquiries via email will also be answered. The main goal of this class is to make everyone feel safe and comfortable in the weight room.

Thursday 4:30-6:30pm/ Remote

Strength Training Beginning

Instructor: Ward Holverson

The focus of this class is to learn how to apply resistance training to work towards specific goals. Students will be expected to have a rudimentary understanding of how to use most of the equipment in the weight room. Students will also be expected to keep an online training journal viewable by the instructor. Participants will have an initial meeting with the instructor via Zoom to establish the expectations of the class. Video instruction will be available throughout the quarter. Students will also have the opportunity to schedule personal instruction in the weight room. Inquiries via email will also be answered. The goal of Advanced Resistance training is to instruct students in the concepts used to reach specific fitness goals.

Tuesday 4:30-6:30pm/ Remote

Team Building

Instructor: Eric Kallio

Team Building will offer you a chance to explore your social problem solving and creative ideas.   You will be given opportunities to lead your classmates through new skills and challenges, practice improvised public speaking, and develop your own group leadership style.  We will do our best to stay outdoors and physically active during this experience.

Mondays 3-5pm/ In-Person

Traditional Tai Chi Beginning/Intermediate

Instructor: Eliot Sitt

This class offers a comprehensive introduction to the practice of Tai Chi. Yang Style Tai Chi is widely recognized as a system of exercise suitable for a wide range of ages and physical conditions. The postures are open and comfortable and the form provides a challenging learning experience without placing excessive demands on the stamina of the player. The slowness of the exercise promotes balance training and leg strength, while the calm and peaceful motions provide a variety of benefits ranging from stress reduction to lower blood pressure.

The focus of the class is on the therapeutic approach to Tai Chi practice. The goal of the class is to bring the daily practice of Tai Chi into the student's life. As with any program of therapeutic exercise, the benefits accrue to those who practice regularly. Class work includes a 15-minute warm up sequence of traditional Chinese exercises to open the joints, align the body frame and relax the mind. The slow motion sequence is then introduced in a patient and cumulative manner. Practice, repetition, review and form corrections are a part of every class.

Instruction in Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi, including learning the traditional Yang Style Long Form, qigong exercises, and basic principles of body mechanics in Tai Chi.

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:10 - 4:00 (Beginning), 4:10 - 5:00 (Intermediate) Gym 1-In-Person

Weight Room Confidence

Instructor: Mackenzie Griffith

The weight room can be overwhelming and intimidating. This inclusive beginner class will show you how to get familiar and comfortable with the weight room space so that you can get an uncomplicated but challenging resistance training workout. You'll learn how to use the weight machines and the dumbbells, and will practice one or two nutrition habits to support your workouts. In 6 weeks you'll not only be stronger: you'll be able to confidently walk into any weight room and get a great workout in with minimal equipment or time. Coach Mac will be there to support you, answer questions, and keep things fun as you flex your new muscles!

Monday/Wednesday 5:15-5:15pm/ Remote

Yoga: Hatha Intermediate

Instructor: Erin Nova

Hatha yoga tailored to the daily needs of students

Monday/Wednesday 4:15-5:30pm/ Remote

Zumba

Instructor: Ernest Yago

Zumba, Latin Dance-Fitness fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that will blow you away. Zumba Fanatics achieve long term health benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exhilarating hour of caloric-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!

Forget the workout, just lose yourself in the music and find yourself in shape at the original dance-fitness party. Zumba® classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before you know it, you'll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It's easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating.

Tuesday/Thursday 8-9pm/ Remote