Get fit, have fun and meet the terrific people who enjoy the multitude of fitness programs available at Rend Lake College.
“We have several new and expanding classes plus some returning favorites this spring,” said Dawn Gibson, Community Education Director.
Grab a partner and sign up for “Ballroom Dancing,” to be held from 5:30 to 7:20 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11 at the Rolland Lewis Building in Mt. Vernon. Develop an appreciation of ballroom dancing as a popular recreational activity for relaxation and exercise.
If you already know a little bit about ballroom dancing, try “Intermediate Ballroom Dancing,” offered from 7:30 to 9:20 p.m. on the same evenings. Dancers will cover the waltz, fox trot, jitterbug, disco, polka, cha cha and tango.
Looking to spice things up a little? Check out “Ballroom Dancing – Salsa,” available from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning Jan. 9 at the Rend Lake Resort. This class will feature many of the dance steps and music which have a Latin flair.
No partner required for “Country Style Dancing,” offered from 6:30 to 8:20 p.m. on Wednesdays at Hoochy’s inside Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon beginning Jan. 11. This fun class is designed for social dancers who want to have fun and feel comfortable on the dance floor. Country-style dancing is an excellent alternative to other, more strenuous forms of physical exercise.
Each of these courses runs through the week of May 12 and costs $62.
Spring semester’s aerobics offerings will include basic aerobics in Benton and Christopher as well as on campus, plus high- and low-impact aerobics in Dahlgren. Yoga will be offered in Benton and Pinckneyville. Mt. Vernon’s aerobics offerings will include step, pilates, body sculpting, Tae-Robics, cycles, A.M. and tai chi. Step aerobics also will be available in Pinckneyville.
For those who enjoy water exercise, check out “Ai Chi: Aquatic Exercise,” which will be held over six Monday sessions from Jan. 23 through Feb. 27 at the Aquatics Center on campus. The group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night, and the course costs $36.
This aquatic exercise program combines the beautiful flowing, graceful movements of Tai Chi with the resistive yet relaxing properties of moving in the water. Benefits include improved balance, strength, agility, flexibility, coordination, posture and mental focus.
Find out why the sport of golf has become so popular with “Golf Clinic,” which will be available in Benton and Mt. Vernon, or with the more extensive “Golf” class, which will be held at the RLC campus. Basic fundamentals will be covered, including rules and etiquette, as well as instruction on all phases of the game. Students will learn key components of golf, such as putting, chipping and swinging.
“Golf Clinic” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at Indian Hills Golf Course in Mt. Vernon, and again from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 10, at Benton Country Club. The Mt. Vernon session costs $39 and the fee for the Benton course is $30. “Golf” will be held over nine Thursday sessions from March 30 through May 25 at the driving range on the Rend Lake College campus. The group will meet from 5 to 8:30 p.m. each session, and the class costs $62. Students in any of these classes must pay for range balls and / or green fees.
For lovers of the outdoors, join the Community Education Department for its first Family Bike Ride, set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 2. The group will meet at the One-Room Independence Schoolhouse on the Ina campus. The fee is $3 and a rain date has been set for April 9.
There is a 9.4 mile bicycle trail open on the east side of Rend Lake. The north trail runs 5.9 miles and begins at Rend Lake College, ending at the south end of Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. The trail is paved and is open for bicycles, skates, non-motorized scooters and hiking. Activity stations will be set up at the RLC Aquatics Center, Rend Lake Resort and State Park Office. Bring a picnic lunch and join the fun. Preregistration is highly recommended.
The college’s Institute for Learning in Retirement also is getting into shape with “Swimming for Seniors,” to be held from 11 to 11:50 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 10 at the Aquatics Center on campus. The course costs $30.
For more information about any of these offerings or to register, contact the Rend Lake College Community Education Department at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1267 / 1367, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1267 / 1367.