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Learn the Basics Workshops

Get Into the Fitness Grind by Learning the Fundamentals

The SRC is offering a variety of Learn the Basics workshops during the first two weeks of the spring semester specifically designed to teach you the most common movements performed in a Group Exercise Class or in the Total Training Zone.

Whether you’re completely new to these workouts or a regular at the SRC, it’s always a good idea to jump in and Learn the Basics in order to get the most out of every workout.

There’s a special feeling that comes with fully getting into the grind by becoming trained in the fundamentals of fitness. SRC members can register online or in-person at the Total Training Zone desk as early as one week in advance of each class. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Exercise Nutrition

Whether your goal is weight loss, muscle gain or sustaining energy output, what you eat before, during and after exercise can make all the difference in achieving your exercise goals. Learn how to optimize exercise performance by fueling your body with the right nutrients at the right time in this 75-minute workshop.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Recent research has demonstrated the many benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT). Discover the truth about HIIT and learn how to develop interval workouts to accommodate your fitness goals. This workshop will help you to bridge the gap between exercise science and interval programming. Be prepared to test your limits!

Injury-Free Training

There are several forgotten muscles when it comes to getting back in shape. Whether you are lifting, running, playing sports or taking a group fitness class, this workshop will show you how to work your stabilizer muscles to minimize common athletic injuries. All necessary equipment provided.


Have you ever wondered how to properly use kettlebells in your own exercise routine? This workshop will answer all of your questions while discussing the benefits and proper use of kettlebells. We’ll also show you the most common lifts such as the snatch, swing and Turkish get-up. All necessary equipment will be provided.

Self-Myofascial Release

Too much driving? Sitting? Slouching? Running? Spinning? Come explore the world of self-massage and myofascial release using foam rollers and tennis balls in this 75-minute workshop. Learn the basic techniques to properly use these tools to release muscle tension, decrease muscle soreness and improve range of motion for maximum exercise performance. Equipment will be provided.

Stress Reduction

Through our understanding of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system — key postures and the tools utilized in yoga, meditation and exercise — this workshop will journey into a discussion about practical methods of handling and reducing physical and emotional stress.

TRX® Suspension Training

Intimidated by the idea of taking a TRX® suspension class? Come experience this 75-minute instructional workshop taught by an SRC Group Exercise Instructor and learn the basics of properly setting up and performing common TRX exercises. Equipment will be provided.

Yoga: Chaturanga

High-plank pose, low-plank pose, upward-facing dog, downward-facing dog — this sequence of postures, also known as Chaturanga Dandasana, is commonly found in Vinyasa flow classes, the most popular style of yoga in Southern California. Learn how to keep your body safe and properly aligned in this workshop all about these four strength-building postures! We'll start off with a warm up flow, break down each of these four postures to find the best Chaturanga for your body and briefly address proper alignment and safety for other common yoga poses. You will leave this class with a better knowledge of your anatomy and how to make your yoga practice your own!

Yoga: Surya Namaskaras

Sun salutations, or Surya Namaskaras, can be so intimidating and confusing that sometimes participants just follow along — but there’s more to them than just poses. Through lecture and physical practice, you’ll learn how to properly do Surya Namaskara A, B and C as well as learn the breathing, mechanics and spiritual component that makes moving meditation an entire practice unto itself. All necessary equipment will be provided.