Special Interest and Group Fitness Classes

Special Interest Classes

Health and Wellness are more than just exercise. The Health & Fitness Center hosts Special Interest classes on topics related to nutrition, mental health, self-care and outdoor-related activities. For details on upcoming events and classes, see the Special Interest Classes and Events Calendar on the home page.


Group Fitness Classes

Participants enrolled in a fitness program not only gain access to the H&FC facility, but also a group of drop-in style fitness classes. Participants may attend classes once, intermittently, or for every session offered. Drop-in classes are suitable for all fitness levels.


  • Beginning Yoga with Leigh Lubin

    Introduces yoga physical exercises, breathing, relaxation and concentration techniques as an approach to wellness. 

    Credit and non-credit classes available.

  • Bosu/Cardio/Sculpt with Amber Mehlberg


    Utilizing BOSU (Both Sides Up) equipment, moves from these classes will add balance and stabilization to any fitness routine. BOSU Cardio emphasizes movement and control, BOSU Sculpt focuses on strength and toning, and BOSU Core Cardio hones in on the abdominal and back.

    This class is sponsored by United Way of Valdez and SWAN. No gym enrollment is required. FREE to everyone.

  • Chair Fitness with Amber Mehlberg

    Gentle exercise for all stages of life. Designed for those desiring to improve their body’s function and strength. Gentle movements incorporating self-resistance, exercise bands, breath control, and stretching are used to provide a whole body fitness routine to help improve daily functionality and strength. Exercises can be modified to the fitness level of the individual, including exercising in a seated position.

    This class is sponsored by United Way of Valdez and SWAN. No gym enrollment is required. FREE to everyone.

  • Spin with Sarah JO

    A mix of endurance, interval, and strength rides are incorporated to help you push your fitness to the next level. Have no fear-you choose the difficulty level and resistance. Burn 600-1000 calories in a one-hour class!

  • Tabata Bootcamp with Sarah JO

    An 8-week comprehensive fitness program designed to help participants gain strength, lose weight, increase agility, & meet their fitness goals. Online support, nutrition, accountability, & more. 

    Credit and non-credit classes available. 

  • Yin-Yang Yoga with Mel Koontz
    A quieter practice consisting of poses being held for 3-5 minutes. The focus is on the opening of the connective tissue of the eight key joints, thus rejuvenating and distributing Chi (energy) throughout the body. Most of yin and yang is done seated or laying down on the yoga mat.
  • Zumba with Heidi Franke
    Mixes low and high intensity moves for an ivterval-style, calorie- burning dance fitness party! Get your cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility, boosted energy and serious dose of awesome each time you join. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise!
  • Beginning to Weight Lifting with Amber Melhberg

    An 8 week course on how to warm up prior to weight lifting, proper techniques for safe lifting and how to utilize weightlifting equipment. Develop an understanding of basic nutrition to support weightlifting.

    Credit and non-credit classes available. 

  • Kettlebell Power Circuit with Amber Melhberg
    A dynamic class full of explosive, core based exercises to build muscle and rev up your metabolism and maximize your potential! Can be modified for all fitness levels
  • Intermediate Yoga with Leigh Lubin

    Presents intermediate level yoga physical execises, breathing, relaxation and concentration techniques, meditation, and relaxation exercises. Credit and non-credit. 

    Credit and non-credit classes available.