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.


Campus Group Fitness Classes
Fall: September 16 - December 6, 2019 (No classes October 14 and November 11)

Join us this fall for group fitness on campus! Noon and after work classes are FREE for MHC students and employees. Fees apply to the early morning Body Blast classes.


Group fitness classes are also available at Brooks Campus! Learn more...

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., September 19 - October 24, 2019.

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 TBD

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
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 the Veiner Centre (225 Woodman Ave SE, Medicine Hat)
  • Session Dates:
    Session 4: September 10th to October 24th
    Session 5: October 29th to December 12th
  • Register at the Veiner Centre reception desk. (225 Woodman Ave SE, 9a.m. to 3p.m. weekdays, 403.529.8307)
  • $26 including GST/7 week session (14 classes) with a Seniors Centre Membership. Membership is required: $100 annual fee.

MHC Group Fitness Rates
The following rates apply unless stated otherwise in the class descriptions. Rates do not include a parking pass but $1/hr parking is available. Monthly parking passes are also available for $20/4wks, contact to arrange this option.

$10 drop-in per class OR pay ahead with the following rates:

# of Classes Per Week
4 weeks
6 weeks
 12 weeks
 1  $30  $45  $90
 2  $60  $90  $180
 3+ Unlimited
 $80  $120  $240

MHC offers a variety of wellness challenges and initiatives throughout the year. MHC students, employees, alumni and community members are all welcome to participate.

Orientation to Outdoor Fitness Equipment
June 26, 2019 - 10:00-11:00am.

Join our Be Fit For Life staff for a demo and try it session to learn how to use the outdoor fitness equipment located on campus on the Sunrise Rotary Trail. View the poster for details and registration information.

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 PARE Dates:

  • Friday, September 13, 2019 at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, December 6, 2019 at 8 a.m.

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.

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.

September 25, October 2, 9 & 16, 2019
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

October 18 - 20, 2019
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

November 1 - 3, 2019
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

November 29 - December 1, 2019
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

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.