UW-Baraboo community courses feature new fitness offerings

October 6, 2017 GMT

The University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County’s fall community courses feature opportunities for personal fitness, enrichment and excursions across the state.

Part of the university’s Continuing Education program, the courses invite Sauk County residents to register for classes Oct. 2 through Dec.6 that promote intellectual stimulation, personal and professional growth and cultural enrichment. UW Colleges Southwest Regional Director of Continuing Education Jessica Laeseke said the courses are intended to offer diverse experiences.

“Our goal is to provide fun and positive opportunities for the community without the stress of being away from home multiple times a week,” she said.


Erika Gerhardt-Obois and Tatsiana O’Neil will return this fall to lead Zumba and yoga courses on campus. Gerhardt-Obois, a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, will for the first time offer personal training, along with Zumba courses.

Gerhardt-Obois said the new Strong by Zumba class, which runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, is a high intensity interval training-style workout rather than a dance routine.

“The class is designed for people of all fitness levels,” she said. “Basically what it means is bursts of activity within the class that bring you up to almost a point of breathlessness, but you’re only there for short amounts of time.”

Gerhardt-Obois said Zumba Gold, which takes place from 10:15-11 a.m. Wednesdays, is catered toward beginners. She added that both courses attract diverse age groups.

“That’s something that I specialize in is making all abilities feel welcome,” Gerhardt-Obois said. “But if you came to the class, you wouldn’t feel like you didn’t get anything out of it.”

O’Neil offers Friday Morning Wake-up Yoga, which focuses on natural movement, core strength and breathing. Zumba costs $45 and yoga costs $40 to register. Both courses can be taken at any time for a drop-in rate of $10 per class.

In addition to fitness classes, the fall community courses will also feature several excursions to historic sites across the state. A trip is planned to Unionville on Oct. 19, where the largest collection of operational Fairbanks Morris engines in Wisconsin exists. Registration costs $50.

Participants also can venture to Lambeau Field on Nov. 14 for a stadium tour and the Packers Hall of Fame, as well as visit the Neville Public Museum for $89. A Dec. 6 trip also is planned to the John Michael Kohler Art and Design Center, Old World Christmas Market, and Kristmas Kringle Shoppe for $50. Each trip is open to all county residents and includes motor coach transportation, tickets to the destination and lunch.


A watercolor painting class, customer service workshop, fencing and ACT prep courses also are offered this fall. Laeseke added the university is continually seeking out new course ideas and instructors for its community courses.

“We are always looking for new course ideas and chances are if you are interested in a course, you are not the only one,” she said. “We are also always looking for new instructors wanting to share their craft with the community and love working with people.”