Penn State Hershey University Fitness Center

Seasonal Workshops & Special Class Options

Learn new techniques and skills in these special focus workshops or special classes that may include yoga, Pilates, resistance training, or more without the long term commitment of a multi-week program.


Based on Tactical Hapkido and systema, the concepts taught in this program are focused on application in real life, “street” self-defense scenarios.  Effectiveness is based on technique, not size or strength, and is well suited for, but not restricted to: general population wanting to develop self-defense skills, individuals 12 and older, elderly, women, and persons with disabilities.

  • Mondays & Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
  • Starting February 15
  • $12/Class
  • *Please note since this class is Pay-As-You-Go our Try Before You Buy option is not available for this class
  • Instructor: Ian Castaneira

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Silver Circuit Workshop

This is a special functional fitness workshop designed to help participants meet the unique challenges that come with growing older, in an upbeat and fun group environment.  This dynamic 30-minute session will provide new options for adding variety to any workout with exercises that will enhance strength, mobility, and flexibility. Robert Mikesell will be teaching this workshop.

  • Monday April 25
  • 9:00 – 9:30 AM
  • Free for UFC Members, Registration is Required

Chair Yoga

Ever want to try yoga but thought it was too difficult or too strange? Well, “chair yoga” is a modification that makes yoga more accessible to all ages, ability levels, and situations. You will learn some basic breathing techniques, be given the opportunity to participate in some gentle stretches and have fun trying a version of yoga. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes that allow for a range of movement in both a seated or standing position and a water bottle is always a good idea!  Louise Answine will be teaching this workshop.

  • Wednesday April 27
  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM
  • Free for UFC Members, Registration is Required

Silver Self-Defense

This special Friday morning workshop will target the senior population who wants to build confidence through situational awareness and self-defense skills. No experience necessary. This is your chance to meet Ian Castaneira, instructor of Self Defense class Mondays and Wednesday at 6:30 PM.

  • Friday April 29
  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM
  • Free for UFC Members, Registration is Required