Brandeis Athletics classes

Faculty and Staff Yoga

Wednesdays from 12-12:45 International Lounge
5/7/14-7/30/14 (12 week session) $70 
If you do not pre-register cost is $10 each.  

Cycle (open to all Brandeis community members)

This cardiovascular class will get your heart pumping while cycling on indoor stationary bikes using drills, imagery, and heart-pumping music.  Cycling is a great workout that people of all fitness levels can enjoy.
Tuesdays at 6-7pm 5/20-8/12/14 (12 week session)
Linsey Multipurpose Room (LMP) 1 (over by the pool)
5/20-8/12/14 (12 week session) costs $70
If you do not pre-register cost is $10 each. 

Power Yoga (open and free to all Brandeis community members)

A vigorous, fitness-based Yoga that offers you a great "workout" in a casual, relaxed, and fun atmosphere.  Whether you're learning Yoga (beginners welcome), or are a seasoned Yogi, participating in this heart-thumping, active practice will benefit your mind, body, and spirit.
Tuesdays at 12-1 Gosman Dance Studio (GDS)
Starts 5/20-8/12/14
No Cost

Zumba (open to all Brandeis community members)

Fuses hypnotic Latin and world rhythms with easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that will blow your away.  No experience necessary.  Come and join the party!
Thursdays at 5:30-6:30, Gosman Dance Studio (GDS)
5/22/14-8/14/14 (12 week session) for $70, 6 class punch card for $40 or $10 per drop in. 

If you are interested in a class or have any questions please email Kat Page at

Brandeis Athletics also has a Facebook page where you can get up to date information about classes (Brandeis Group Fitness Classes).  Participants can also join the fitness listserv  and receive emails about cancellations/changes to the schedule.

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Brandeis On The Move

Brandeis On The Move
Brandeis On The Move 

Brandeis On The Move, sponsored by the Office of Human Resources as part of the university's Wellness Program is a team-fitness challenge designed to encourage exercise, health and fitness at Brandeis University. Each team is composed of five employees.

Give your team a catchy name, select a captain (someone who will motivate the team to exercise and submit logs on time) and then e-mail your team roster to the Benefits department at

Human Resources will provide the necessary forms to enroll in the program. If you need assistance finding a team, Human Resources will attempt to match you with other employees who are looking to participate.

What’s Involved?

Brandeis On The Move will start March 3, 2014 and run till April 27, 2014. At the end of each week, all participants should record the minutes they spent on their activities; team captains will forward the totals to the Benefits department at

Submitting Your Team's Weekly Log

Each Monday, team captains should submit their team’s information by completing the Brandeis on the Move Weekly Log. Team points will be posted on the Web site.


# TEAM         Points 
1 Revenge of Gosman 3784.00
2 Excelcisers 2327.00
3 Black Swans  2079.00
4 H Team  2068.00
5 Lieferman of the Party 1982.00
6 Development Divas 1872.00
7 Los Burritos Esplendidos 1863.00
8 Honey we shrunk Student Affairs 1805.00
9 The Turner Five  1567.00
10 Heller Hoofers 1494.00
11 Development Moves 1416.00
12 Shake My Weight  1536.00
13 IBH Movers  1411.00
14 We've Been Muised 1340.00
15 Mission Slimpossible  1250.00
16 Career FIT  1249.00
17 Brawn over Brains 1245.00
18 Heller's Happy Feet! 1207.00
19 Fit to Admit  1196.00
20 Deis'ing Up The Cake 1195.00
21 Team Fuerte 1166.00
22 The Bibliotastics 1093.00
23 Romantiques 1009.00
24 Usdan Do It 963.00
25 Caliente  934.00
26 Money Men$chen 906.00
27 Wellness Warriors  870.00
28 BUDdy's 5K@5 827.00
30 TKO 735.00
31 Every Mile Counts  722.00
32 HR Huff & Puff 691.00
33 Global Movers  570.00
34 Everthing Comes Up Roses  500.00
35 Happy, Healthy, Hiatt 402.00
36 The Number Crushers 204.00
37 Hillel Hammers 0.00
38 ICC  0.00
39 We Mean Business  0.00

Level Exercise
Minutes Points
Level 1 20 1
Level 2 20 2
Level 3 20 3

All participants are invited to attend the Brandeis On The Move Reception and Awards Ceremony to celebrate their achievements. The time and location of the reception will be announced. Prizes will be awarded during the competition.Brandeis On The Move Reception 

All exercise can be counted towards this program.

Level 1 Exercises
Archery Fishing Shuffleboard, lawn bowling
Bicycling, very light effort Football or baseball, playing catch Snowmobiling
Billiards Frisbee Surfing, body or board
Bowling Golf, miniature or driving range Volleyball, noncompetitive
Canoeing, rowing, light effort Golf, using power cart Walking, 2.0 mph, slow pace
Croquet Horseback riding, walking Walking, 3.0 mph, mod. pace, walking dog
Dancing, ballroom, slow Mowing lawn, riding mower Walking, carrying infant or 15-lb load
Darts, wall or lawn Pushing or pulling stroller with child Water volleyball
Diving, springboard or platform Sailing, boat/board, windsurfing Weight lifting, light or moderate effort
Wii games

Activity Minutes Points
Bowling 60 3
Frisbee 20 1
Weight lifting, light or moderate effort 50 2.5

Level 2 Exercises
Aerobics Health club exercise, general Skiing, cross-country, slow or light effort
Backpacking Hiking, cross country Skiing, downhill
Badminton Horseback riding, general Skiing, snow, general
Basketball, nongame Horseback riding, trotting Skiing, water
Basketball, officiating Hunting, general Skin diving, scuba diving, general
Bicycling, <10mph, leisure Jogging, general Sledding, tobogganing, bobsledding, luge
Bicycling, 10-11.9mph, light effort Kayaking Snorkeling
Bicycling, stationary, moderate effort Kickball Soccer, casual, general
Boxing, punching bag Moto-cross Softball or baseball, fast or slow pitch
Broomball Moving furniture, household Stair-treadmill ergometer, general
Calisthenics, light/moderate effort Moving household items, carrying boxes Stretching, hatha yoga
Canoeing, on camping trip Mowing lawn, general Sweeping garage, sidewalk
Canoeing, rowing, moderate effort Paddleboat Swimming, leisurely, general
Coaching: football, soccer, basketball, etc. Painting, papering, plastering, scraping Swimming, treading water, moderate effort
Construction, outside, remodeling Race walking Tai chi
Cricket (batting, bowling) Racquetball, casual, general Tennis, general
Curling Raking lawn Unicycling
Dancing, aerobic, ballet or modern, twist Rowing, stationary, moderate effort Volleyball, competitive, in gymnasium
Dancing, ballroom, fast Sailing, in competition Walk/run-playing with child(ren)-moderate
Dancing, general Shoveling snow, by hand Walk/run-playing with child(ren)-vigorous
Fencing Skateboarding Walking, 3.5 mph, uphill
Gardening, general Skating, ice, general Walking, 4.0 mph, very brisk pace
Golf, carrying clubs Skating, roller Water aerobics, water calisthenics
Gymnastics, general Ski jumping (climb up carrying skis) Weight lifting (toning)
Hacky sack Ski-mobiling, water Whitewater rafting, kayaking, or canoeing
Wii Fit


Activity Minutes Points
Dancing 20 2
Tennis 60 6
Shoveling snow 35 3.5

Level 3 Exercises

Basketball, game Football, touch, flag, general Running, cross country
Bicycling, >20mph, racing Handball, general Running, on a track, team practice
Bicycling, 12-13.9mph, moderate effort Hockey, field Running, stairs, up
Bicycling, 14-15.9mph, vigorous effort Hockey, ice Skating, ice, speed, competitive
Bicycling, 16-19mph, very fast, racing Horse racing, galloping Ski machine, general
Bicycling, BMX or mountain Jai alai Skiing, cross-country, moderate effort
Bicycling, stationary, very vigorous effort Judo, karate, kick boxing, tae kwan do Skiing, cross-country, uphill, maximum effort
Bicycling, stationary, vigorous effort Lacrosse Skiing, downhill, vigorous effort, racing
Bootcamp Moving household items, boxes, upstairs Snow shoeing
Boxing, in ring, general Polo snow shoveling by hand
Boxing, sparring Racquetball, competitive Squash or soccer
Calisthenics (pushups, sit-ups), vigorous effort Rock climbing, ascending rock Swimming
Canoeing, rowing, >6 mph, vigorous effort Rock climbing Tennis, singles
Canoeing, rowing Rapelling Volleyball, beach
Carrying heavy loads, such as bricks Rope Jumping Walking, upstairs
Circuit training, general Rowing Water polo
Crewing Rugby Weight lifting, body building (intense )
Football, competitive Running Zumba


Activity Minutes Points
Running 60 9
Skiing, downhill, vigorous effort, racing 20 3
Rock climbing 50 7.5

Weight Watcher at Work

Weight Watcher at Work

healthy you

Weight Watchers

Due to Employee Interest Weight Watchers is returning to campus again for another program.  Weight Watchers is offering its new weight loss and weight management program on campus to all staff, faculty and postdocs. Weight Watchers can be a key part of being healthy in 2014. Weight Watchers has a 4 way approach to losing weight and keeping it off:  Eating Smarter – Moving More – Changing Habits – Group Support.  Weight Watchers is a holistic approach to surround members with tools, support, motivation, and guidance in an effort to maximize engagement in the weight-loss process. For more information, please attend the kick-off meeting.

 Thursday, January 23rd
Hassenfeld Conference Center- Geller Room at 11:30-12:15 pm

Weight Watchers does require a minimum number of employees to attend regular meetings. The program will be a 12-Week Series* with 14 weeks of free e-Tools** is $156.00 per person (this breaks down to $13.00 per week).  Minimum requirement is 15 participants.  To qualify for the 14wks of free e-Tools, members must join at the beginning of the meeting series.  Weight Watchers does allow 3 upfront payments by check of $52 each that would be deposited one month apart (on weeks 1, 5 & 10) or a lump sum payment by cash, check or credit card. 

**E-Tools is our internet weight loss companion that provides online tips and resources to help keep members on track between meetings. 

Effective January 1, 2014
Weight Management Reimbursement: Employees enrolled in one of the three Brandeis group  Tufts Health Plans may be reimbursed up to $150 per calendar year for weight management program fees. Qualifying weight management programs include traditional Weight Watchers meetings; Weight Watchers at Work programs, and hospital-based weight loss programs. Online and at-home programs do not qualify for the reimbursement benefit. You can find more information and download the reimbursement application form via the Human Resources website at

Weight Watchers at Work

As part of the University's Wellness Program, Brandeis offers Weight Watchers on campus for all staff and faculty members. The weight-loss and weight-management program is designed to help individuals achieve their  goals in a supportive, inspirational and confidential environment.

Following an initial confidential individual weigh-in, meetings cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Clarification of aspects of the program
  • Explanation of concepts and techniques
  • Help in developing self-management and exercise habits
  • Tips for everyday eating habits

Thursday, January 30 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Levine-Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Thursday, February 6 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Heller, Room 163
Thursday, February 13 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Geller, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Thursday, February  20 11:30 am- 12:15 pm Heller, Room 163
Thursday, February 27 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Geller, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Thursday, March 6 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Geller, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Thursday, March 13 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Geller, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Thursday, March 20 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Geller, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Thursday, March 27 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Heller, Room 163
Thursday, April  3 11:30 am- 12:15 pm Heller Room G53
Thursday, April 10 11:30 am- 12:15 pm Geller, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Thursday, April 17 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Geller, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Thursday, April 24 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Geller, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Any questions should be directed to Tim Carey, Benefits Analyst, at or 6-4461.

Fall Into Fitness

Fall Into Fitness


Open to all Faculty, Staff and Post-doc's

As part of HEALTHY YOU Wellness Program, the office of Human Resources is pleased to introduce the Fall into Fitness Program. Fall into Fitness is an individual fitness challenge designed to encourage health, and fitness at Brandeis University.

What is Fall into Fitness?

The program will focus on three different exercises: swimming, cycling, and running and/or walking. During the course of the program participants are invited to attend peer support meetings and workshops. The meetings will be held on Mondays from 12:00 p.m -1:00 p.m. (excluding 10/28 and 11/4).

Sample workshops include:

  • Do Yoga at your desk (taught by Brandeis Staff)
  • Design a Workout including how to use equipment (taught by Brandeis Staff)
  • Stretching, Warm up, and Run (taught by Brandeis Staff)
  • Footwear technology and individual Bio mechanics (taught by Marathon Sports)

Each participant is encouraged to track activity on their “fitness days” to view their progress. Participants who attend a weekly support meeting or a workshop will receive a raffle ticket. At the conclusion of the program there will be a raffle and prizes will be awarded.

The kick-off meeting is October 1, 2013 in Usdan, International Lounge at 12:00 p.m.

To participate you must register at

In addition we are pleased to announce Tufts Health Plan has provided The Office of Human Resources with 10 complimentary registrations to the Tufts 10k for Women. (The race is open to women and men) The 10 registrations will be raffled, to interested Fall into Fitness participants, October 4th.  The race will be held October 14, 2013. All participants who sign up for Fall into Fitness are eligible for the drawing. For more information about the race please visit


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fall Into Fitness Kick-off 

Usdan, International Lounge


Monday, October 7, 2013

Stretching, Warm up and Run  

Hassenfeld, Levine Ross


Monday, October 14, 2013 

Sharing and Support Only - Optional group walk

Hassenfeld, Levine Ross


Monday, October 21, 2013

Yoga at Your Desk Presentation      

 Hassenfeld, Levine Ross


Monday, October 28, 2013    

Health Starts Here and Healthy Food Samples

 Shapiro Campus Center Room 313


Monday, November 4, 2013

No formal meeting


Monday, November 11, 2013

Design Your Own Workout Presentation

Hassenfeld, Levine Ross


Monday, November 18, 2013  

Footwear Biomechanics (Presented by Marathon Sports)

Hassenfeld, Geller


Monday, November 25, 2013 

Wrap up and Raffle Prizes

Hassenfeld, Laurias

For information regarding the Fall Into Fitness program contact Tim Carey, Benefits Analyst, or 781-736-446

Brandeis On the Move Kickoff

Open to all faculty, staff, and postdocs. There are 3 tiers of exercises; Earn points for your weekly activity. Team points will be totaled and posted to the Website during the eight week competition. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and there will be prizes awarded during the competition.

2013 Health Fair

Do you “Know Your Numbers” – your basic health “numbers” such as your blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, glucose (blood sugar) and Body Mass Index (BMI)?  Take time to take care of you.  Stop by the Health Fair and learn how to get and stay healthy. Tufts Health Plan will provide a free screening of these health “numbers” for all faculty, staff and postdocs (you do not need to be enrolled in our health plan to participate). In attendance will be representatives from:

  • Tufts Health Plan - Questions about health coverage or any discount programs available as a Tufts Health Plan member
  • Delta Dental Plan - Oral Health
  • The Wellness Corporation, Brandeis’ Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
  • Weight Watchers at Work
  • Brandeis Athletics - Group fitness classes that are open to the entire Brandeis community located at the Shapiro Athletic Center. Enter a drawing to win a prize (To be eligible to enter, you must participate in the health screenings.)

Medical Self Care Seminar

Are you resolving to be more proactive with your health? Learn to put your health in your hands. The risk for many of the chronic diseases that afflict Americans such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer can be reduced or prevented.  It begins with choosing a primary care physician that you trust and who will spend the time to explain your test results.  The two components of prevention is having age and risk appropriate medical tests done and adopting a healthy lifestyle.  Learn how to best utilize the medical system, what tests you should be getting, and the key ingredients of living a healthy lifestyle.  This will include nutrition, exercise, stress management, and weight control.

Healthy Food Demonstration

Healthy eating is an essential element for maintaining good health and preventing some of the chronic diseases of our time, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity.  Attend this one hour workshop to obtain professional assistance in learning how to cook low fat, low calorie, low sodium meals. The cooking demonstration features a healthy and easy recipe that the participants can sample. Copies of the recipe will be made available.  One of the most valuable aspects of a healthy food demo is the opportunity to ask the nutrition expert questions.

Preventing a Back Injury

Back Injuries result from damage, wear, or trauma to the bones, muscles, or other tissues of the back. Common back injuries include sprains and strains, herniated disks, and fractured vertebrae. The lumbar is often the site of back pain. The area is susceptible because of its flexibility and the amount of body weight it regularly bears.It is estimated that low-back pain may affect as much as 50 to 70 percent of the general population in the United States. Attendees at this workshop will learn the anatomy of the back, exercises, and prevention tips.

Second Chance "Know Your Numbers"

Did you miss us the first time we were here? Tufts Health Plan will return to provide the same screenings as those done on March 14, 2013. Do you “Know Your Numbers” – your basic health “numbers” such as your blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, glucose (blood sugar) and Body Mass Index (BMI)?  Take time to take care of you. 

Women's Health Issues

This seminar is designed to address the specific health issues that concern women. 

Brandeis On the Move Wrap up

All participants are invited to attend the Brandeis On The Move 2013 Reception and Awards Ceremony, Thursday May 9, 2013, from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, to celebrate their achievements. Prizes will be awarded to participants and teams and all participants will be recognized for their achievements.

Ford Athletic and Recreation Complex

Brandeis takes pride in providing outstanding facilities for the everyday athlete. The centerpiece of Brandeis athletics is the Joseph P. and Clara Ford Athletic and Recreation Complex, one of the largest and best-equipped indoor athletic facilities in the Northeast. It includes the Gosman Center, which houses:

  • A 70,000-square-foot fieldhouse
  • A 200-meter, six-lane indoor track
  • Three indoor tennis courts
  • Nine squash courts (two international)
  • A state-of-the art fencing room
  • Fitness rooms with free weights, Nautilus equipment, life cycles and stair machines
  • Dance and aerobics rooms

Areas to Walk or Run at Brandeis

  • Outdoor Track: Four times around equals one mile
  • Indoor Track: Eight times around equals one mile
  • Loop Road: One time around equals 1.1 miles

Shapiro Gymnasium

The Shapiro Gymnasium includes practice, training and workout facilities. See the current facility schedule