Class Offerings and Locations


PE Classes and Descriptions

**Note- not all classes are offered each quarter, please check People Soft for a list of current offerings**

Aqua Fitness – Samuelson Muir Pool A combination of water running and deep water aerobic movements for a no-impact, aerobic workout. You do not need to be a strong swimmer to participate. Students have the option of using an aqua belt to assist with buoyancy.

Badminton- Lasell Gym students will focus on the serve and strokes.  Students will play both singles and doubles.  No street or black soled shoes.

Ballet I (DANC 104) ’62 Center In this class, students learn the fundamentals of ballet technique, in a manner both safe and challenging. This is an absolute beginning course: EVERYONE is welcome! In barre work and center/traveling exercises, the class will begin to develop a working understanding of basic positions of the arms and legs; individual steps such as turns and jumps; and simple combinations. Through repetition and logical progression artistry, musicality, strength and coordination will develop and grow. FULL SEMESTER- 2 PE credits

Ballet II62 Center Studio This course is for those who have reached a beginning/intermediate level of ballet and are serious about continued progression in their technique and artistry. Classes will follow the proven, safe format of barre work proceeding into center work; vocabulary, ability and stamina will be built in a safe but challenging atmosphere. Participants are guided in ways that enable them to work safely and correctly within their individual abilities. Anyone with adequate prior knowledge is welcome! Permission of instructor required. FULL SEMESTER – 2 PE credits

Ballet III (DANC 304) ’62 Center Designed for dancers who have achieved intermediate/advanced level of ballet technique. Class includes barre work, center and traveling exercises that incorporate adage, pirouettes,petit and grand allegro. Proper alignment and rigorous but safe application of technique are expected. Students are encouraged to work safely and correctly within their individual abilities so that artistry, musicality and the dynamics in ballet are explored. Ballet courses may be repeated for credit and may be taken for either PE credit or partial academic credit FULL SEMESTER – 2 PE credits

Basketball – Chandler Gymnasium This class will focus on the skill, strategy, and competition of the sport of basketball.

Boot Camp- Lasell Gymnasium A high-intensity circuit-training style workout including cardio, strengthening and plyometrics.

Climbing  Instructor training course : Students should have prior climbing experience and must currently be belay certified at the climbing wall.  Students will be learning a progression of techniques on how to teach climbing and appropriate lesson plan development that can lead to opportunities to teach WOC PE climbing in the future.

Gravel and Mountain Biking This is a pilot class aimed at getting students outside on gravel/mountain bikes to explore the beautiful gravel roads and the fun mountain bike trails of Northern Berkshire county and Southern Vermont. Students signing up should feel comfortable biking on varied and hilly terrain. During a typical class we will ride for a total 1.5 to 2 hours (with several short breaks). Students ideally should have access to a geared bike in good working condition, with tires capable of handling gravel roads and beginner mountain bike trails. Students will also need a bike helmet. Reach out to Marc Mandel at [email protected] with questions.

Handball (Team or Olympic Handball) Lasell GymStudents will learn the basic skills of this indoor team sport in which two teams of seven players each  pass a ball using their hands with the aim of throwing it into the goal of the other team. Skills include passing, throwing, moves off the ball, and defense. Students are asked to wear gym clothes and should expect moving around at a fairly fast pace.

Hike with Dogs This class will weave together team bonding activities, walks around nearby trails and fields, and playtime with a golden retriever! There may be weekly guest dogs, so a comfort level with dogs of all sizes is highly required.

Hiking: Come explore some of the best hikes in the Northern Berkshires. We will summit mountains, explore brooks, learn about hike preparation, navigation/map interpretation and seek out some of the best natural spots in Williamstown.

Independent Running – Running on your own when and where you want, 3 to 5 times a week, goal to accumulate at least 2.5 hours of running per week. Report in by e-mail to Coach once a week.

Indoor Climbing: Field House This class will take place at WOC’s very own climbing wall in the Towne Field house! You’ll be learning a variety of climbing techniques from bouldering to top rope climbs. We teach all the climbing basics, use of gear, climbing knots and how to belay, you’ll soon be on your way challenging yourself to new heights!

Indoor Soccer- Lasell Gymnasium Played on a hard court surface and played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular soccer ball. Shin guards and indoor shoes (no black soled shoes) are required.

Kettlebell Circuit ClassChandler Gynmasium will introduce the basic movements for training with a kettlebell. The fundamental movements will build on each other and progress to circuits and interval training sessions. These sessions will combine strength and cardiovascular training.

Learn to Run a 5K– Learn how to improve your fitness in order to run a 5k race.  This is intended to be an introduction to more purposeful running and cardio training.  Most sessions will be focused on running and students should be prepared to work up to 45 minutes of running.

Learn to Skate- Lansing Chapman Rink Ever wanted to skate on an outdoor rink, but did not know how? Know how to stand on a pair of skates, but want to learn how to stride, stop and crossover? Then beginner skating is the class for you. Learn the basics of moving forward, backward, stopping and crossovers. Owning skates is not required they can be borrowed from the PE department- helmets are also available

Modern Dance I’62 Center This beginner studio course is designed for students with little or no experience in modern dance techniques. Students will develop an understanding of basic principles through a progression of floor work, standing work, and traveling movement. Skills that will be acquired include strength, coordination, musicality, body alignment, and spatial awareness needed for movers. FULL SEMESTER – 2 PE credits

Modern Dance II-  ’62 Center This studio course is designed for students with some experience in modern dance techniques or training in a related discipline. Students will continue to develop their practice, build strength, body alignment, and artistry with a focus on individual progress. Classes will include floor work, standing work and traveling movement, building the skills needed for longer combinations. FULL SEMESTER – 2 PE credits

Muscle Fitness- Upper Lasell Fitness Center a group exercise class focusing on use of cardiovascular equipment and pin-loaded weight machines in the fitness center. Students will work with instructor to develop a fitness plan that best suits their current fitness level and future goals.

Playground Games – Lasell Gym Remember when you were a kid and couldn’t wait for recess?  Have that same feeling when it comes to PE.  This class is designed to appeal to your inner child- whiffle ball, four square, kickball and more. 

Rucking- meet outside Tasha Yoga Rucking is walking with weight.  Rucking is a fantastic means of exercise that stands apart from both walking and running. It can have comparable aerobic benefits to that of running. Yet is significantly less impactful on the body.  Rucking also promotes greater strength gains and core activation than either walking or running.  Classes will consist of weighted walks of 2-4 miles.  Individualized carrying weight of 0-30lbs will be used throughout the course.

Spikeball- Chandler Gym A combination of volleyball and four-sqauare.  Lots of fun and great exercise!

Spinning- Spin Studio (outside upper Lasell fitness center) high-intensity bike training class. Students are guided through workout phases including warm-up, steady up-tempo cadences, sprints, climbs, and cool-down.

Squash- Students will learn rules of the game, racquet skills and mechanics and develop appropriate movement skills for the sport.  Int/Adv class is for students will basic knowledge of the course.

Swim for Fitness- Samuelson Muir Pool This class is designed to use lap swimming as a cardiovascular workout. Feedback is provided to improve strokes, but this is not a learn-to-swim class. Different workouts are provided each session, and participants will swim anywhere from 1 mile to more than 11⁄2 miles per class.

Walk with Dogs- This class will weave together team bonding activities, walks around nearby trails and fields, and playtime with two golden retrievers! There may be weekly guest dogs, so a comfort level with dogs of all sizes is highly required

Weight Training- offers instruction and practice in proper techniques of the development of muscular strength, endurance.

Wellness- Baseketball offices above Pappa Charlies Designed to help students adopt and maintain the behaviors associated with an active and healthy lifestyle. Students will learn through lectures, discussions and physical activity labs.

Whitewater kayaking: Intermediate whitewater Kayaking, students should have some previous kayaking experience  either pool rolling sessions or time in a kayak on flat or moving water.  Students must feel comfortable in moving water and can swim. We’ll be learning paddling technique, navigating various whitewater hydraulics, water safety and having fun!

WOC sampler- Experience a range of outings with what the WOC has to offer. Each class will be a different activity, weather pending – hiking, climbing, skiing, canoeing, snowshoe, outdoor games, skating, and more!!

Yoga- Greylock Studio Open-level class in which we will learn the core yoga asanas (poses), work towards dynamic flow sequences and explore some pranayama and meditation. Renew your energy, bring strength and flexibility to your body, and let go of stress as you explore the benefits of yoga.

Contact Carolyn Miles with any questions regarding the PE requirements.