Halberstadt: RVC’s continuing education fitness courses
By Doug Halberstadt
This week, I received a class catalog for Rock Valley College Community and Continuing Education delivered with my usual mail. When I took a look through it, I was able to find all of the courses you’d normally expect to see in a community college catalog. Rock Valley offers everything from accounting to yoga, and almost everything in-between.
What I was a little amazed to find was the amount of fitness, martial arts and self-defense courses offered. There were at least three or four pages worth of classes directed at people looking to get active.
Starting with the very young (ages 4 months to 2 years), you can make sure your little ones start out on the right foot. They can get their feet wet in the Baby Swim class. The class is intended to promote a positive response to the child’s experience in the water. The older kids (2-4 years) can learn more than tumbling in the Activity Gym class. I think parents should enroll their children in these courses not only for the health rewards, but there’s another benefit as well. When your friends start bragging about their honor students, you can come back with, “Well my little Susie/Johnny is already taking some classes at the local junior college.”
Adults can choose from a huge selection of courses that will get them moving. Whether you’re into Tai Chi, Pilates, strength training or kickboxing, they’ve got a class for that. There’s even a class dedicated to sedentary people. It’s called Seated Tai Chi Stretching and Strengthening for Sedentary People. I’m a little surprised I wasn’t offered a full-ride scholarship for this class, or the least they could have done is offered to use me for the “before” example.
Does your back hurt. No problem, they’ve even got a class for that. You can learn easy ways to stretch, strengthen and limber up those stiff muscles and joints. You’ll be doing some core training, leg lifting, walking and turning. This class meets once a week for nine weeks. Who knows, maybe when you’re done with this one, you’ll want to sign up for a pole-vaulting class next semester.
A variety of self-defense and martial arts courses are also offered. Kids (ages 10 and older) can participate in Kum Do (The Way of the Sword). The course description says Kum Do is a sword art that is almost 2,000 years old and was used by the ancient Korean armies. You will learn the honorable way of ancient Korean warriors. I was a little disappointed to find out students are required to use a wooden sword instead of a real one.
The entire family can take a Tae Kwon Do class. The description on this one says it is great exercise for children and a good way for adults to increase their physical endurance. Once the parents and the children graduate from this class, I’m thinking this could eventually lead to some interesting family disagreements.
For information about any of these classes or any of the many others in the fall catalog, log on to www.rockvalleycollege.edu/cce or call the college at (815) 921-3900.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the Aug. 22-28, 2012, issue
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