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Fitness Online: Health and Wellness

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Social distancing and keeping pace with your exercise routine can be tough in 2020. Join Pace's Health and Wellness Committee for virtual workout classes every week that include kickboxing, yoga, and even a weekly step challenge with prizes.


This 30-minute circuit/interval-style training class involves bodyweight stretch, mobility, and cardiovascular movements. It will be led by Troy Thompson (Mondays and Thursdays) and Phil Ryder (Tuesdays and Fridays). Thompson is a director of strength and conditioning at Pace where he’s overseen the program for all 14 varsity sports. He’s also a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a registered strength and conditioning coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Ryder, who has worked at Pace for 10 years, is a strength and conditioning coach certified by the National Strength and conditioning association and an Athletic trainer certified by the National Athletic Training Association. He’s also an adjunct professor for the college of Health Professions teaching sections of Wellness and Physical Fitness.

PowerHouse Workshop with Troy Thompson
3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. | Mondays and Thursdays
Email Jeremy Pouncey for the PowerHouse Zoom link

PowerHouse Workshop with Phil Ryder
1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. | Tuesdays and Fridays through Friday, July 10
Email Jeremy Pouncey for the PowerHouse Zoom link


Yoga is an ancient practice based on philosophy, mindfulness, and asana work. Asanas or poses can also be translated as “comfortable seat,” meaning that as we practice different poses they become more comfortable for our body and give us more ways to move with ease. Class will have modifications and emphasize an all-level practice and will include breath work and final relaxation. Come join!

Adjunct Associate Professor Laurice (Lauri) Nemetz, MA, BC-DMT, E-RYT500, LCAT, C-IAYT is a well-known yoga teacher and has taught at Pace for over 17 years. She is a past president of the Yoga Teachers Association (YTA), a certified yoga therapist, and is registered at the highest level with Yoga Alliance (YA) in addition to being an YA education provider. Nemetz has taught yoga and anatomy workshops internationally and presents regularly at conferences and other universities including Harvard Medical School and Oxford University. She enjoys continuing to bring yoga to the Pace Community!

Ingrid Tarjan, who has been teaching yoga at Pace since 2002 and has worked as a yoga instructor for 25 years, approaches yoga through breath and movement-based techniques with a focus on inner listening and cultivating a deeper connection to oneself. Health and wellness isn’t just about understanding your body better, but developing the habits and practices that will bring you the transformation you seek. Whether you want to get stronger and more flexible, learn optimal movement, or start or improve your yoga practice, Ingrid welcomes all levels and experience. She is also a nutrition counselor and personal trainer at Equinox!

Yoga with Lauri
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. | Tuesdays and Fridays 
Email Jeremy Pouncey for the yoga Zoom link

Yoga with Ingrid
1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. | Wednesdays
Email Jeremy Pouncey for the yoga Zoom link

Kickboxing, Toning, and Zumba

Joann Hamilton is a certified aerobics and Zumba instructor. She has taught at Pace for over 10 years. Her Zumba class combines fun, sweat, and dancing. Her toning class combines weights, cardio floor work, balance, and a combination of barre exercises that will tone your body. For cardio kickboxing, get ready to punch and kick. This class brings lots of sweat, fun, and hard work to working out!

Zumba with Joann
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. | Mondays
Email Jeremy Pouncey for the Zumba Zoom link

Toning with Joann
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. | Wednesdays
Email Jeremy Pouncey for the toning Zoom link

Cardio Kickboxing with Joann
5:00 p.m.–5:45 p.m. | Thursdays
Email Jeremy Pouncey for the cardio kickboxing Zoom link

Weekly Challenges

Total Distance Traveled in 20 Minutes
Monday, June 8Sunday, June 14
See how far you can travel in 20 minutes! Every mile counts. Make sure to submit your results by tagging us through the Pace Intramurals Instagram and Twitter accounts or by emailing Jeremy Pouncey. The winner will be announced on Monday. Good luck!

Weekly Step Challenge
Walking and running are great exercising techniques. Keep track of your steps every day and email your total to Jeremy Pouncey every Sunday night for a chance to win an intramural champion t-shirt. Every step counts!