MHSC and WWCC: 2022 Wellness Challenge

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The Wellness Challenge is hosted by the Exercise Science Practicum students every Spring. It is a twelve-week fitness program designed to help community members progress toward their fitness and wellness goals. Pre and post-fitness testing is performed to measure participant improvements.

Pre-Testing will be held January 27 from 5-7 p.m., January 28 from 5-7 p.m. and January 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m Pre-testing is by appointment only. CLICK HERE to set up an appointment.

Post-Testing will be held on April 21 from 5-7 p.m., April 22 from 5-7 p.m., and April 23 from 10 a.m. -1 a.m. Post testing by appointment only. CLICK HERE for more information.

There are four fitness tests and they include:

  • Cardiovascular – 1 mile walk test will be used to calculate your cardiovascular fitness
  • Grip Strength – a simple “hand squeeze” will be used to calculate your upper body strength
  • Flexibility –  modified sit and reach will be used to measure your flexibility
  • Muscular Endurance – full body plank to measure muscular endurance 

The body composition testing will no longer be part of the general fitness testing of the Wellness Challenge.  If you would like to have your body composition evaluated by the non-invasive bioimpedance analysis or by skinfold testing, our exercise science students can conduct this for an additional charge of $5 per test.  

Registration is by appointment only.  Please use the following link to signup for a time slot for Pre-testing at the end of January. Sign up Here.   

Post Testing is by appointment. Please use the following link to signup for a time slot for Post-testing at the end of April. Sign up Here. 

Please contact Kristine Clark [email protected] with any questions you might have or help signing up for pre-testing.  

The Exercise Science students are available to assist in setting realistic exercise goals – all information is kept confidential.

Those who participate in the Wellness Challenge can attend FREE workout nights hosted by the Exercise Science students every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Fitness Center.  

During the workout nights, Wellness Challenge participants have access to the cardio and weight rooms. The Exercise Science students are available to answer questions and demonstrate how to use the cardio machines, weight machines, and other equipment.  In addition, a formal group fitness class is also held for about 45-60 minutes during the workout night. These classes may include stability ball, step, cardio dance, mind-body class, spin class, to name a few. 

You can participate as an individual, as a team, or with your family. The Challenge is open to anyone six and older. Children 6-14 can participate in the fitness classes offered during the free workout nights under the supervision of their parent/guardian.  Children 14 and older will be allowed to use the equipment in the Fitness Center with their parent/guardian. 

Participants are asked to come prepared with a physician’s release for physical activity should they have any cardio, pulmonary, metabolic, or joint issues. Pretesting cannot begin until this is provided. 

The registration fee is $5 for each individual (whether participating on their own or with a group). The fee for a Family is $15 ($5 for each parent and $5 for their children). The fee is collected at the time of registration at the beginning of the Challenge. Prizes throughout the challenge and at the conclusion are provided by Western and local businesses. 

Western will follow local, state, and national health directives regarding COVID-19 as they pertain to events. All on-campus events are subject to space capacities, mitigation protocols, or possible cancellation due to COVID-19. 


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