Adult Fitness Program

"When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself,
art cannot become manifest, strength cannot fight,
wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied."
Herophilus, physician to Alexander the Great

The Program

The WWU Adult Fitness Program is in its 30th year of offering a comprehensive exercise and educational program. The exercise classes are geared for the beginner or for those returning to exercise after a delayed absence. The program includes 8 weeks of supervised exercise, a pre- and post-program fitness evaluation, and a printed educational newsletter on a different health-related topic each week.

Participants celebrating their involvement in the Adult Fitness Program.


The Format

The eight weeks of supervised exercise include a variety of activities to appeal to a wide range of interests. Each session begins with a warm-up and stretch followed by 30 minutes of aerobic exercise or strength training of the participants' choice. Each session concludes with a cool-down and final stretch

Regular class meetings will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 7:00 to 7:50 a.m.The sessions consist of strength training and walking at on- and off-campus.

The Testing

  • Complete Blood Lipid Profile (at an additional cost)
    • serum cholesterol
    • serum triglycerides
    • HDL, LDL levels and ratios
    • glucose levels
  • Aerobic Capacity
    • resting and exercise EKG
    • blood pressure data
    • oxygen utilization capacity
    • heart-rate exercise prescription
  • Body Composition Analysis
    • percent body fat
    • lean body weight
    • ideal body weight
    • weight reduction ideas
  • Flexibility Tests
    • joint range of motion tests for lower back, shoulders, and legs
  • Muscular Endurance Tests
    • sit-up test
    • push-up test
  • Nutrition Counseling
    • computerized dietary inventory analysis
    • recommended calorie intake and output

Our lab facility is available to perform any of the fitness tests for our program participants and non-participants alike. Please phone for a current fee schedule for non-participants

The Instructors

The program is directed by Dr. Brilla and she is assisted by a graduate assistant, with the help of student interns. All are CPR trained and knowledgeable about health-related subjects. All are very interested and enthusiastic about seeing people increase their fitness levels.


Medical clearance for controlled vigorous exercise is required. Medical clearance, diet, and background information forms will be provided by mail when registration forms are received. Arrangements will be make by telephone for individual evaluation in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory.

To register or for more information, contact Daniel Crisafulli at 650-2851 or Lorrie Brilla at 650-3056





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Mail to:
Daniel Crisafulli
Assistant Director
Exercise Physiology Lab
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9067
Class Times:
T, W, Th 7:00-7:50 a.m.

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