CHAMP Assessment or
The CHAMP is the Department of Wellness and Recreation's comprehensive fitness assessment and education program. The program is FREE for all students courtesy of an endowment provided by Patti and Allan Herbert. The CHAMP assessment consists of a simple battery of tests to determine your current fitness level. Regular fitness assessment allows you to track your progress and fine-tune your fitness program. CHAMP assessment is also available to Wellness members and community members for a nominal fee. To make an appointment with a CHAMP consultant, contact the Wellness Suite at 305-284-LIFE (5433).
(Free for students + additional fee for members and non-members)
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Community classes are six to twelve weeks in duration and are taught by certified professionals, and are open to everyone, regardless of membership status. Classes are available in the areas of aquatics
, martial arts
, and sports
. Additional one-time community class offerings are available for cooking, meditation, and emergency care. Use the right-hand menu to learn more about the various course offerings.
Full Community Class Descriptions
Summer 2014 Community Classes Schedule and Offerings
Fitness Lab Testing
The Fitness Laboratory is a state-of-the-art lab designed to assess the physiological effects of exercise on the human body. The purpose of the Fitness Laboratory is to provide scientific support to those striving to achieve improved performance, health and wellness. The program includes testing, other assessments and a consultation with a certified exercise physiologist who will interpret test data, provide tips on how to apply your results and make your exercise/training program as successful as possible.
Data from laboratory testing provides precise and accurate answers to the following questions:
Available Fitness Tests
- What is my body fat percentage?
- What is my “fat burning” range?
- How many calories do I burn at rest?
- How many calories do I burn during exercise?
- What is my ideal target heart rate?
- How fit am I?
- What is my cholesterol level?
- Where do I stand compared to others my age?
Whether you are just starting an exercise routine or you are an avid exerciser looking for a challenge, the Herbert Wellness Center offers a wide variety of group exercise classes to keep you engaged and help you meet your wellness needs. Our group exercise instructors are nationally certified professionals that are passionate about exercise and excited to get you moving. Group exercise classes include: Zumba, sport circuit training, aquatic exercise, core conditioning, cardio kickboxing, Gutts-N-Butts, Ab Attack and more!
Full Group Exercise Class Descriptions
Summer 2014 Group Exercise Schedule
Living Independently Through Fitness and Exercise (L.I.F.E.)
is a program specially designed for individuals sixty-five years of age or older. Research indicates that inactive older adults, by becoming active, can offset 50% or more of the physical loss during those years. The program places emphasis on resistance exercise, flexibility training, and functional activities. With improved strength and flexibility, activities of daily living are more easily accomplished, thus allowing each participant to remain independent for as long as possible. Since its’ inception, L.I.F.E. has been named as a “Successful Active Aging Program” by the American College of Sports Medicine and has been featured in numerous articles
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Personal trainers at the Herbert Wellness Center are University of Miami students, typically earning degrees in an exercise related field such as exercise science, exercise physiology, sports medicine, or physical therapy. In addition, each trainer is certified through a nationally recognized organization and exhibits practical and intellectual competency and leadership in fitness. Trainers work under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director, Fitness and Personal Training, and receive regular continuing education to stay up to date on fitness trends and training techniques.
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This class is best for those new to the Pilates Reformer equipment and/or participants who may require additional attention due to injury or specific conditions. Classes may include reformer, tower and some mat work.
This class is suited for those with experience (minimum completion of 1 year of Pilates sessions at UM or Pilates reformer experience elsewhere) and for a generally healthy participant. Classes may include reformer, tower and some mat work, and will build upon the beginner series. These classes are more challenging and will flow through various equipment sequences.
This class is suited for all levels of experience, and for generally healthy participants. The instructor will cater to the necessary level for the class as a whole. Classes may include reformer, tower and mat work.
Summer Session 3 Schedule
(Incentive program for UM employee members)
SHAPE-UP is an incentive program designed to encourage the development of a healthy lifestyle through participation in fitness and wellness programs. Full-time and regular part-time UM faculty and staff, and their spouses/domestic partners who have UM health insurance, are eligible to earn a 20% rebate on the cost of a Wellness Center membership. In order to participate, all you have to do is purchase a minimum of 4-months membership and earn 42 points within that time frame.
SHAPE-UP Frequently Asked Questions
Studio Cycling is the indoor cycling class that provides an intense cardiovascular workout set to music. The studio is located on the second floor of the Wellness Center and features 20 Star Trac Spinner NXT bikes. Classes simulate riding on various types of terrain such as hills and flats by adjusting the resistance on your bike. Studio Cycling Program membership is only available to Herbert Wellness Center members ages 13 and up. The purchase of a studio cycling card gains you access to any and all of the classes on the studio cycling program schedule, for the duration below and in accordance with policies. With the purchase of a Studio Cycling card, there is no limit to the number of classes you may attend.
Complete Studio Cycling Information
Summer 2014 Studio Cycling Schedule
(Incentive program for UM employees)
Walking 'Canes uses a pedometer (step counter) to help participants quantify their physical activity on a daily basis. Each participant should wear their pedometer from the time they awake in the morning until they go to bed at night. The goal is to increase the number of steps they accumulate each day. A computer database will keep track of each participant’s weekly steps, weekly goals, and total points. At the end of the 12-week program, awards will be given to the top ten finishers and to all of those who successfully completed the program by checking-in each week. Each participant is provided with a progression table based on their baseline number of steps and individual weekly goals are established. Each week a participant achieves their weekly goal, they receive 10 points. Participants can receive bonus points for weight loss.
Participants also receive maps with measured trails around campus, suggestions for increasing daily steps and basic tips for nutrition and weight management.
Complete Walking 'Canes Information
The Yoga Program offers a schedule with 4 different styles of yoga. Yoga Program membership is only available to Wellness Center members age 13 and up. The purchase of a Yoga card gains you access to any and all of the classes on the Yoga Program schedule, for the duration below and in accordance with the policies. With the purchase of a Yoga card, there is no limit to the number of classes you may attend.
Complete Yoga Information
Summer 2014 Yoga Schedule