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.

RAFALOVICH peak7 BC9U9933Pilates Power Circle Mat Workshop

This special workshop will take classical Pilates Matwork and increase the challenge by adding the traditional Pilates prop, the Power or Magic Circle,
for an ultimate total body workout.

  • Monday November 7
  • 4:15 – 5:00 PM
  • $25 Paid in Advance, $30 Paid Day of (Space Permitting)
  • Instructor: Jen Price

Afina4_Shot20Pilates Reformer on the Mat Workshop

Join Jen for this special Pilates workshop where you’ll do exercises typically done on the reformer transitioned to the mat for a completely different
challenge.  Due to the nature of the workshop previous Pilates Reformer experience is strongly recommended.

  • Friday October 14
  • 12:15 – 1:00 PM
  • $25 Paid in Advance, $30 Paid Day of (Space Permitting)
  • Instructor: Jen Price


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

Silver Self-Defense Workshop Series

This special three-session series will target the senior population who wants to build confidence through situational awareness and self-defense skills. No experience necessary.

  • 3-Week Series: September 26 – October 10
  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM
  • $30 Paid in Advance, $35 Paid Day of
  • Instructor: Ian Castaneira

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Morning Walk & Stretch

Join Rob each morning during Active Aging Week for a scenic morning walk around the Hershey Medical Center campus followed by some gentle stretching exercises. We will meet each morning at the UFC lobby each morning of Active Aging Week. If the weather doesn’t cooperate we will stay inside. Start the day off right by getting your heart pumping and working on your flexibility.

Senior guests* are welcome! SilverSneakers® members can bring a UFC nonmember and non-SilverSneakers® Participant, however the non-member, nonparticipant must sign a SilverSneakers® guest pass and waiver.

*A “Senior Guest” is a person who is not eligible for a Healthways product (i.e. SilverSneakers®) but who is Medicare-eligible or is a Group Retiree member.  Senior Guests are eligible for a single visit.

  • September 26 – September 30 (Monday – Friday)
  • 8:00 -8:30 AM
  • Free
  • Instructor: Rob Mikesell

Forever Fit Workshop

Forever Fit is a 45-minute conditioning class that is low to moderate impact.  The class combines traditional workout moves with everyday movements and is done with music.  Forever Fit is for all ages and modifications are shown for most of the movements to make them harder or easier.

  • Friday September 30 – CANCELLED ON 9/28
  • 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Free for UFC Members, Registration is Required
  • Instructor: Lindsey Moroski

Pilates for Aging Gracefully Workshop

In honor of Active Aging Week, we’ll complete exercises from the classical Pilates Matwork repertoire that can be done just about anywhere.  We’ll be making any necessary modifications to avoid placing undue stress on the spine, hips, and knees so this workshop is appropriate for all fitness levels.

  • Friday September 30
  • 9:30 – 10:15 AM
  • Free for UFC Members, Registration is Required
  • Instructor, Jen Price

Hooping Workshop: Try it on for Size

Kathy Weber, HoopnoticaFit Certified Instructor, will take you through the basics of waist hooping for fun and fitness!  This class is geared for the new/never hula hooped before or the hooper who has gotten a bit rusty and needs to reconnect with their hoop.

Using adult sized hula hoops (provided), this beginner friendlyworkshop will teach you basic waist hooping skills; concentrating on the body to incorporate the core muscles to tone and tighten and burn calories in a fun way.  Waist hooping alone can burn 300-600 calories an hour, as a super cardio workout that tones the core, and leaves you feeling energized in a new way.  This is play that just happens to double as fitness.  No experience required!  Body type and level of grace or coordination  will not affect your ability to hoop.  Everyone can hoop given the proper equipment and instruction.  Tips on how to buy the correct hoop size and type will be discussed to get you started on your hooping journey.

  • Wednesday October 12
  • 7:30 – 8:45 PM
  • $15 Paid in Advance, $20 Paid Day of (Space Permitting)
  • Instructor: Kathy Weber