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.


Fitness Classes

Campus Group Fitness Classes
Session 1: April 22 - May 16, 2019
Session 2: May 21 - June 13, 2019 (No class May 20)

Join us this spring for group fitness on campus! Please note, registration and payment is required by April 17.


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., May 9th - June 13th, 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., January 31 - March 28, 2019 (no class February 21)

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 Strathcona Centre. (1150 - 5th Street SE, Medicine Hat)
  • Session Dates:
    Session 1: February 25th to April 12th
    Session 2: April 15th to June 7th  |  NO CLASSES April 22nd - 26th
    Session 3: June 10th to July 26th
    Session 4: September 3rd to October 18th
    Session 5: October 21st to December 13th
  • 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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 2019 PARE Dates:

  • Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, May 10, 2019 at 8 a.m.
  • Friday, June 7, 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.

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, Jan. 23, 2019; Feb. 6 & 13, 2019

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

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 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

MARCH 29 - 31, 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 & 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

APRIL 12 - 14, 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

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