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.


Summer Fitness with the Be Fit for Life

The MHC Be Fit for Life has lots of tools and resources to stay active this summer.  Check it out below and more Active At Home ideas at

Printable Trackers
Does tracking your activities or meal planning help you stay on task? Try out these tools to support you in your goals:

Would you Rather BFFL Workout
It’s your choice, pick a move from each pair in the 
Would you Rather Workout and click the link for a video demonstrating each exercise.

Active At Home Summer Calendars

Keep moving through the summer with daily easy to follow activity ideas. Download the calendars and click the activity names for links to their videos and resources. Be sure to click the links in the margins for more fun activities and resources.

Active At Home for Kids

Active At Home for Teens & Adults

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., dates TBA

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., dates 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.

Fun & Fitness
Active Aging Sessions at the Strathcona Centre

  • Offered in partnership with the City of Medicine Hat Seniors Services
  • 3 time slots available:
    - Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30AM to 10:30AM
    - Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:45AM to 11:45AM
    - NEW! Wednesdays 4:30PM to 5:15PM
  • Session Dates: TBA
  • Register at the Veiner Centre reception desk. (225 Woodman Ave SE, 9a.m. to 3p.m. weekdays, 403.529.8307)


Book an Appointment
View the fitness services poster to choose an appointment or package that best suits your needs. To book an appointment, contact Brittney by email at

NEW! Body Composition Analysis
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. View the poster for individual and group pricing.

NEW! Group Fitness Classes at 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.

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 2019/2020 PARE Dates:

  • Friday, December 6, 2019 at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, January 31, 2020 at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, February 14, 2020 at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 at 8 a.m. (CANCELLED)

Fitness Testing Bookings
Register by contacting Tara Chisholm at 403.504.3546.

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.

Course dates:

  • Exercise Theory: January 22 & 29, February 5 & 12, 2020
  • Resistance Training: March 6-8, 2020
  • Group Ex: March 27-29, 2020
  • Older Adults: April 24-26, 2020

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

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.

January 22 & 29, February 5 & 12, 2020
Wednesday evenings: 5pm - 10pm
Cost: $300 + GST
Location: S103

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

March 27-29, 2020
Friday: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $320 + GST
Location: S103 &H131

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

March 6-8, 2020
Friday: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $320 + GST
Location: S103 & H131

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

April 24-26, 2020
Friday: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $320 + GST
Location: S103

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

Be Fit For Life Try It Sessions
Adult Hula Hooping: Tuesday, March 17 10-10:30AM in the gym
Belly Dancing: Tuesday, March 24 2:30-3PM in the gym
View the poster for more details, and RSVP to 

2020 MHC Winter Wellness Challenge
3 x 4 week sessions:

Session 1: January 20 - February 16, 2020
Session 2: February 24 - March 22, 2020
Session 3: March 23 - April 19, 2020

Join us for this fun points based challenge that encourages active living, fitness, mental health, healthy eating, social health, and financial fitness!

FREE for MHC students and employees due to support from the Mental Health grant. View the poster for details.

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.