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Wellness Programs

Every semester Drake Wellness offers a variety of programs for students, faculty and staff to enjoy. All programs are free for all Drake students, faculty and staff unless otherwise noted. For more information about these programs, please email

Group Exercise Classes
Group X Classes are offered throughout the year with a new schedule each semester. Anywhere from 15-25 different classes are offered by trained students and staff to accommodate all fitness levels. They range from Zumba and Dance Fitness, to Water Aerobics, to Strength Training and HIIT-styled classes, to Core, Pilates, and Yoga, as well as anything in between! All classes are held in the Drake Bell Center and all equipment is provided. Register for and attend 15 classes per semester and earn free gear!

Custom Wellness Programs
Custom wellness programs come in a variety of formats to generate plenty of excitement for you and your organization or group of friends. Great for Residence Halls, Greek Organizations,
Department Activities or Special Events! Examples of programs range from intuitive snacking seminars, to cooking demonstrations, to stress management techniques, as well as any GroupX class or fitness workshop. We will work with you to create the best experience and meet the needs of your group. To request a program, contact

Bulldog Swim Challenge - September 11
Join the Bulldog Swim Challenge! Record your annual swim mileage on the tracking sheets provided. Reach a milestone and receive a prize and bragging rights. Check out the Bulldog Swim Challenge Leader Board for our top lap swimmers! New participants are welcome to join the club anytime! Register by emailing

Bulldog Fun Run (Homecoming 5k) - September 24
Get up and get active on Sunday, September 24th. This fun is the perfect way to round out Family Weekend and Homecoming. Route begins near Olmsted and ends in Drake stadium! Cost is $10 per participant and includes a shirt. Register by September 10th at

Healthiest State Initiative - Annual Walk - October 4
Grab your walking shoes and join this year's Healthiest State Walk on Wednesday, October 4th. This one kilometer (.62 mile) walk is part of the Healthiest State Initiative and its goal of making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. All participants will be given a map of the route and a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes. Rain location TBD. Register by emailing

NETA Fit Fest - October 19-22
Get certified, connected and inspired with the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) Fit Fest. This exhilarating event continues to earn rave reviews for bringing fitness progessionals together in the perfect environment to learn, collaborate and even play. Register online at

Smart Snacking - November 1
Drake Wellness and Sodexo will team up to demonstrate how to fuel your day with smart snacking! If you have ever tried to read a food nutrition lavel, determine how big a serving really is, or wondered how to eat healthy on the go, attend this demonstration held in the Bell Center Lobby! Dietitian Lucas Flaherty along with Wellness Coach Ellen Lowe will cover the quick tips of smart snacking. No registration required. Contact with any questions.

Bulldog Bootcamp - January 29 - March 9
Become a better version of yourself with this six-week program aimed at developing a wholesome, healthy lifestyle. Challenge your mind and body with varied, functional workouts, develop a nutritional plan with the help of a liscensed dietician, and become a part of an online support group. In Bulldog Bootcamp you will be challenged to reach your highest potential. Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15pm. Registration will open in the fall semester and fills quickly. Email with any questions.

Glow Hip Hop - April 5
This glow-in-the-dark Hip Hop class is like any other Hip Hop class; but will now have black lights and glow sticks to make the party even better!  The first 50 students to register using the IM Leagues app will receive a tank top. Class will be held on Thursday, April 5th from 8:00-8:45pm in the Bell Center Gym.

Outdoor Yoga - May 8
Bring your mat and join us for a relaxing yoga practice on Tuesday, May 8th from 7-7:45pm in Helmick Commons. You’ll feel refreshed, relaxed, and ready to take on the week! Rain location is the Fitness Studio in the Bell Center. Register using the IM Leagues app or at

Dead Day Yoga + Chair Massages – Last Friday of each semester
We’re teaming up with Drake Student Activities Board to help you relax before final exams. Join us in Helmick Commons and participate in yoga or sign up for a free chair massages through Drake SAB. Class 1 runs from 11:00-11:45am and Class 2 runs from 12:15-12:45pm. There will be giveaways at this event!


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