Group Fitness Courses

About Group Fitness courses

Group Fitness courses are open for registration. Returning students can register online at my.commnet.edu and new students can register in person at the Records Office located on the East Campus.

Group Fitness classes are a great way for you to get fit and stay fit. All of our classes range from one hour to one hour and thirty minutes per session. Our elite group of certified instructors will guarantee a safe, fun, and challenging experience for all levels of physical fitness. Group fitness classes are a great way to stay motivated and enjoy exercise.

How to sign up

All Group Fitness Courses are 0.5 credits each and are ten week courses. Most of the courses are transferable as physical education credits to select four year institutes. Registration is simple, just come to any fall or spring semester registration and sign up for a class that interests you.

Group Fitness Courses are considered academic and all students will receive a grade of pass or fail. This grade will appear on students transcripts. If you wish to audit the class you can do so prior to the audit deadline as indicated above.

Senior citizens can only register on designated senior registration days and will not be charged for enrollment in any of the Group Fitness Courses.

The Group Fitness Courses are services provided to you by the NCC Pitney Bowes Foundation Wellness Department. Please contact Professor Nicole Mendola | 203.857.7330 for further details.

Blended courses with Extended Studies

All Group Fitness Courses, with the exception of Yoga and Zumba, are offered collaboratively with the non-credit division. Blended courses allow for both credit and non-credit students to attend courses offered in the academic division of the college. All students enrolled in these courses will be expected to adhere to the attendance policies assigned by the instructor. Non-credit students are not required to participate in any of the final evaluations for these courses and will not receive a grade.

You must register for blended courses at our Records Office located on the East Campus. For more information contact Midge King203.857.3337

Course Descriptions

For additional schedule information please refer to the course catalog and course schedule.

Difficulty Levels

B – Beginner
I – Intermediate
A – Advanced
S – Senior Approved (These courses are suitable for senior citizens. Other courses are not recommended for seniors.)

Mind and Body

B S
HPE 260 – YOGA

This 6,000 year old, ancient practice, will teach the student the true meaning of union by combining physical, mental, and spiritual states of wellness. The course is designed to provide the history of yoga, its theory and benefits, and afford the student an opportunity to experience this art first hand.

B I
HPE 135C – TAI CHI

Tai Chi originated as a form of self-defense which has evolved into a relaxation technique that provides many physical benefits. This form of exercise includes slow, balanced, low-impact movements that improve flexibility, strength, and balance while reducing stress levels. This course is designed to provide the history of Tai Chi and allow the student to experience its multiple benefits.

B I
HPE 126A – MAT PILATES

Developed in the 1920-s by Joseph H. Pilates this form of exercise combines the concept of strong body with strong mind. Mat Pilates will focus on core strength, stabilization, and proper breathing through various movements. The student will not only benefit physically from Pilates, they will also understand its basic theory and fundamentals.

Aerobic

I A
HPE 121 – ABS AND LOWER BODY

This course is designed to target the mid-section of the body. Appropriate back care, posture, and abdominal exercises will be demonstrated and practiced. The student will be educated in basic concepts of abdominal training and will understand the benefits of strong abdominal and lower back muscles.

I A
HPE 131 – BOOT CAMP

This course is designed to target the mid-section of the body. Appropriate back care, posture, and abdominal exercises will be demonstrated and practiced. The student will be educated in basic concepts of abdominal training and will understand the benefits of strong abdominal and lower back muscles.

I A
HPE 280 – ZUMBA

This course provides an introduction to the Latin dance-based fitness program that combines a moderate intensity aerobic workout with a party atmosphere. Students will learn simple dance moves to a variety of international music and how they can be structured into a challenging exercise routine. What constitutes cardio-respiratory fitness and its values to the individual will be discussed.

Dance

B S
HPE 284 -DANCE ACROSS THE WORLD

This course is perfect for learning all of the major Ballroom and Latin dances, some of which are the slow smooth Fox Trot and Waltz to the fiery and energetic Salsa and Merengue! Students will learn the history of each dance, basic patterns, and how to execute them on the dance floor. Students will also begin to recognize the dance music when they hear it. These dances are a great form of exercise and excellent for developing grace, balance and confidence not only on the dance floor but in everyday life!

Resistance

B
HPE 115 – WEIGHT TRAINING

This course is designed to give a basic understanding of the effects of resistance training on the human body. The course will include a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and physical activity. The student will understand the fundamentals of lifting, be able to operate all resistance equipment, and develop resistance training protocols.

I A
HPE 108 – STRENGTH AND TONE

Strength and Tone is a challenging course designed to build muscular strength and endurance in a non-traditional way. This course will teach the student how to use alternate types of resistance tools such as medicine balls, resistance cords, etc. Through this course the student will understand the fundamentals of alternate resistance programs and will be able to develop training protocols for themselves.

ANDRE AIKEN
Andre Aiken received an associate degree in Exercise Science and his Group Exercise Instructor Certificate from Norwalk Community College. He also has a bachelor’s of science in Exercise Science from Southern Connecticut State University. Since his graduation, Andre is employed as a health fitness professional, group fitness instructor and has authored two books focusing on his exercise philosophy.

KRISTIE ENTWISTLE
Kristie Entwistle is a professional Ballroom and Latin Dance Instructor who has been teaching for over 25 years. She is an experienced dancer, instructor and choreographer for all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced competitor. Kristie has taught in several Elementary and Middle Schools, and is the owner of Ballroom Experience Dance Studio, serving all of Fairfield and New Haven County.

JOYCE GENEROSO
Joyce Generoso, certified STOTT PILATES. mat instructor and AFAA certified personal trainer. Currently teaching in various fitness centers and YMCA’S in the area and one-on-ones from her home studio, Joyce enjoys helping clients obtain remarkable results in this “mind-body” exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph H. Pilates.

SUZANNE LEONARD
Suzanne settled in the states from England after traveling the globe as a Professional Dancer, and has been working in the fitness industry for 14 Years. She holds Licenses in Zumba Zumbatomc GoldToning and Aqua zumba. She is a certified Drums Alive Instructor as well as Stott Pilates trained Instructor. She strives to bring passion and enthusiasm to every fitness class she has the opportunity to teach.

NORA SPAULDING
Nora Spaulding has been teaching fitness classes in Fairfield County for the past 20 years. She holds a B.A. degree from Providence College, and she has her CPR and AFAA group training certifications. She has taught at various area fitness facilities such as the Darien, Wilton, Stamford and Norwalk YMCAs, and she is currently teaching a variety of classes at LA Fitness in Norwalk. She enjoys using her experience and energy to help students reach their fitness goals.