Fitness Services

Get started on your fitness journey by attending a campus fitness class or orientation to the weight room. Specialize your workout with a fitness evaluation or personal program design. Occupational fitness testing and fitness instructor certification courses also available.


Group Fitness Classes

Stress-free Holidays with Group Fitness at MHC
  • Join us for classes leading up to the holidays at both Medicine Hat & Brooks Campuses! View schedule here.
  • December 10 - 21, 2018
  • FREE for MHC students & employees (due to support from the Mental Health Grant)
  • $5 drop-in for alumni and $10 drop-in fee for community participants and parking fees as posted.
  • Previously registered for Fall Session = no registration required.
  • New Registrants = complete online registration at

Winter Campus Group Fitness Classes

Join us this semester for Group Fitness on campus!

  • January 14 - April 12, 2019 (no classes February 18 - 22)
  • FREE for MHC students & employees

  • $5 drop-in for alumni and $10 drop-in fee for community participants and parking fees as posted.

NEW REGISTRATION REQUIRED: click here to register

NEW Group Fitness Classes at our Brooks Campus! Learn more on our Brooks Campus Recreation page.

*NEW* Community Group Fitness Packages

Are you interested in attending weekly ongoing Campus Group Fitness Classes or On Campus Community Classes? 

Our monthly packages include not only the awesome Group Fitness Classes of your choice but also include an Open Campus Parking Pass, Free Fitness Centre Access and MHC pricing for Fitness Services. 

With your Open Campus Parking Pass you can access all our awesome services on campus anytime during hours of operation without paying for parking! Come experience MHC: the Vera Bracken Library, Bookstore, Common Grounds Coffee Shop, Cafeteria, Crave, Cultural Centre, Ehresman Theatre, Sunrise Rotary Trail and a variety of indoor and outdoor lounge areas. 

* The fees below apply to all courses marked with an asterisk.  Rates are based on consecutive weeks of attendance. *:
  • 1 Class/Week Package: $50/4weeks or $75/6weeks
  • 2 Classes/Week Package: $80/4weeks or $120/6weeks
  • 3+ Unlimited Classes/Week Package: $100/4weeks or $150/6weeks

Contact Amy prior to your first class to register for this offer, email

Fitness Classes for the Community

The Be Fit for Life Centre partners with a variety of community organizations to deliver specialty programming.

Active Aging Sessions

Pop-in for a session or email for contact details

Fun and Fitness at the Strathcona Centre

  • Offered in partnership with the City of Medicine Hat Seniors Services
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Start date January 8, 2019

*Yoga Adventure

  • Located on campus in the Be Fit for Life fitness studio (Rm H131, portables behind the H building and beside the tennis courts on the north side of campus). This is an adapted class encouraging floor and supported postures. $10 drop-in and parking fees as posted. Thursdays 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., start date TBA

Urban Poling

  • Did you know? Urban pole walking burns 20-26% more calories than regular walking and works 90% of muscles including your core.
  • Book an orientation to Urban Poling: $60 for a 30 minute session. Grab your friends and share the cost! Email: to book.
  • Borrow a set of poles from the MHC Fitness Centre. For more info on purchasing your own poles, view pole price list.

*Stretch & Strengthen

  • Located on campus in the Be Fit for Life fitness studio (Rm H131, portables behind the H building and beside the tennis courts on the north side of campus).
  • This exercise class is for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson Disease, Stroke and others that may need adaptation.
  • $10 drop-in + parking fees as posted.
  • Thursdays 2 – 3 p.m., start date TBA.

Wellness Initiatives

MHC offers a variety of Wellness Challenges and Initiatives throughout the year.  MHC students, employees, alumni and community members are all welcome to participate.

Biggest Winner 2019

Mark your calendars: January 21 - April 12, 2019

  • More info to come!

Winter Walk Day - February 6, 2019

Organize your own walk:
Create your own poster and promote to friends, family, co-workers, teams or groups. You can even walk as an individual. View fillable poster here.


Participate in a BFFL walk:
View the poster here.

  • Strathcona Centre 11-11:30am
  • Medicine Hat College Main Entrance 12:10-12:40pm
  • MHC Brooks Campus Main Entrance 12:10-12:40pm

Fitness Evaluation & Program Design

Fitness Evaluation
A physical fitness evaluation is an assessment of an individual’s current level of fitness. An assessment will help guide the development of a personalized fitness program and establish a baseline for future comparison. 

Body Composition Analysis – NEW!
Track your progress with baseline and follow-up Body Composition Analysis using the non-invasive InBody System.  Body Fat, Segmental Lean Mass, Total Body Water and Basal Metabolic Rate are all identified.  Check out this link for more info on the system.

Book an Appointment
View the fitness services poster to choose an appointment or package that best suits your needs.

To book an appointment, contact Kayla Repas by email.

NEW Group Fitness Classes at our Brooks Campus!
Learn more on our Brooks Campus Recreation page.

Weight Room Orientation
Looking for a basic orientation to the weight room? Check out this FREE resource!

Resistance Tubing Workouts
Resistance bands and resistance tubing are a low cost option to strength training.  View an upper body resistance tubing workout here and a lower body resistance tubing workout here.

Stability Ball Exercises
Stability Ball exercises challenge balance, strength, range of motion and core strength.  View the stability ball poster for exercise options.

Fitness Testing

Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation (PARE)

The PARE is an occupational test used to assess a person's ability to perform the physical demands of police work. It is used in the selection process of RCMP applicants, as part of the graduating criteria for cadets at Depot and throughout the career of RCMP Regular Members. The PARE is used by several law enforcement agencies throughout Canada. Applicants must obtain PARE certification by completing the obstacle course and push/pull sections in 4:45 min or less before the Regular Member Selection Interview (RMSI). It is important to prepare for the physical demands of the PARE.

Click here for the PARE Manual

Click here for PARE Medical Release Form

Medicine Hat College 2018 PARE Dates:

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 at 8 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at 8 a.m.

Alberta Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (A-PREP)

A-PREP is the police recruit selection physical abilities test used by all municipal police agencies in Alberta.

The A-PREP can be a very challenging test to successfully complete if you haven’t trained specifically for it. We strongly encourage applicants to come prepared for this stage of the process in an effort to minimize delays.

A-PREP has three separate components:

  1. A screening component to ensure the applicant is medically suitable to undergo the test.
  2.  A series of job simulation tasks arranged in a pursuit/restraint circuit.
  3. An assessment of aerobic fitness (the Aerobic Shuttle Run). For a detailed description of the A-PREP test please see "Fit to serve."

Fitness Testing Bookings

Register by contacting Tara Chisholm at 403.504.3546.

Fitness Leader Certification

Upcoming Courses 


Become a fitness leader!  For AFLCA certification process info, please contact the AFLCA office 780.492.4435. For information specific to courses offered at Medicine Hat College and to register, email or call Amy at 403-504-3548.

Registration deadline is two weeks prior to course date (Min. 4 participants)

View the current poster here.

Exercise Theory Course

This course is the pre-requisite for certification in the four specialty areas and includes anatomy, physiology, active living, adult learning communication and principles of fitness.

Wednesday, January 23, 23; February 6 & 13, 2019

Wednesday evenings: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. $300 + GST; S103

Resistance Training Specialty

This course includes topics such as Anatomy, Physiology, Training Principles, Resistance Training Technique, Program Design, Practical Sessions, Equipment, and Special Considerations.

Pre-requisite: Exercise Theory Course

FRI, SAT & SUN, March 1 - 3, 2019

FRI: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM / SAT & SUN: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM, $320 + GST; S103 & H131

Fitness for Older Adults

A course covering topics specific to leading fitness classes for the aging population. This course provides an overview of the changes which occur in the body as it ages and the considerations required when planning and leading fitness classes for older adults. Topics covered include: nutrition, physiology of aging, sociology of aging, common disorders, and risk management.

Pre-requisite: Exercise Theory Course

FRI, SAT & SUN, March 29 - 31, 2019

FRI: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM / SAT & SUN: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM, $320 + GST; S103 & B201

Group Exercise Fundamentals with Portable Equipment Designation

This course will teach you the skills necessary to effectively lead group exercise programs. Portable Equipment explored may include: steps, dumbbells, fitness balls, body bars, elastic resistance, etc.

Pre-requisite: Exercise Theory Course

FRI, SAT & SUN, April 12 - 14, 2019

FRI: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM / SAT & SUN: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM, $320 + GST; S103 & H131


The Medicine Hat College is an exam site for the AFLCA.  Registration for exams is through the AFLCA office.  For exam dates and exam prep resources, click here

Contact Us
Amy Risk Richardson
Wellness Coordinator
Tel: 403.504.3548

Office Hours*
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

*Our hours are flexible and can be changed to accommodate your schedule.

Our Staff

Be Fit for Life Centre Staff
Amy Risk-Richardson

Meet Amy

Be Fit for Life Centre Staff
Tara Chisholm

Meet Tara

BFFL Kayla
Kayla Repas

Meet Kayla