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Allie Yoga

NEW Fall Program: The Stepping Stones of Yoga

Taught by Certified Yoga Instructor Allie Jackson, this program offers students a comprehensive and empowering place to begin or grow in their practice. Students will dive into the history and transformation of the practice of Yoga. They will also break down all foundational asanas to learn proper form, technique, and modifications. Students will be introduced to different types of yoga practice as well as breathing and meditation techniques. The course will leave students with a deep understanding of their own Yoga practice and how to apply it to the rest of their lives!

Program Day and Time: Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45pm
Location: Jacobs Fitness Center
FREE Demo Day Sept 7
Session 1: Sep 14 - Oct 19
Session 2: Oct 26 - Dec 7 (No class Nov 23)

Early Bird Price ONLY on Sept 7: $72
Starting Sept 8: $96

Summer Triathlon Training

Swim, bike, and run your way towards better health this summer. The American University Triathlon Training program is designed to help triathletes of all fitness levels train with a purpose. Whether you are a beginner looking for a motivational way to stick to your fitness goals or an experienced triathlete looking for a custom workout to help you achieve faster race times, this program is for you. Our coach will design and lead you through custom workouts geared towards helping people complete or improve their time in a Sprint or Olympic distance triathlon.

Season 1: May 17 - June 23 (six-weeks; 18 sessions)
Season 2: June 28 - August 4 (six-weeks; 18 sessions)

Times / Locations:
Meets three mornings a week at 6:45-7:45am
Tuesday - Cassell Studio B (Cycle)
Wednesday - Jacobs Pool (Swim)
Thursday - Jacobs Track (Run)

Member: $180
Non-member: $360

Space is limited to 12 participants.

Do I need to know how to swim to participate? No. Swimming efficiently is the first step to completing a triathlon. If you come to the program without prior swimming skills or experience, our swim instructors can be on hand for the first few weeks to help you get accustomed to the water. Your swim workouts will focus on honing the basic skills of the front crawl, which is the most common stroke used when competing in a triathlon.

How will the coach accommodate people at different levels? At its core, triathlon is an individual sport. Each sessions, all participants will be performing the same or very similar workouts. However, the speed and distances will be customized based on each individual athlete’s fitness level.

Why train as a group? There are a couple good reasons to train as a group. Group training can increase your accountability, help you push your intensity, and add a fun social component to your training.

What if I want to complete? The Nation’s Tri is scheduled for September 11, 2016 here in Washington DC. If you are new to the sport of triathlon, this is a great opportunity for you. Additionally, American University will be bringing back our Iron Eagle Indoor Triathlon in January. The Iron Eagle is a great indoor event and perfect for anyone who may not be ready for an outdoor triathlon.

If you have any questions about Instructional Program, please contact Becky Parks at

Who are the coaches? 

Richelle Harvey; Aquatic Coordinator

Richelle's aquatic background is in team sprint triathlons, club swimming, and water polo. She began coaching age group and quickly fell in love with coaching at the Masters and college club level. She currently coaches for WaveOne Swimming.

  • Water Safety Instructor Trainer
  • Water Safety Instructor
  • Lifeguard Instructor
  • Lifeguard/CPR/AED/First Aid & Waterfront
  • USMS Level 1 & 2 Swim Coach
  • M.S. Recreation & Leisure Services

Becky Parks; Group Exercise & Instructional Programs Coordinator.

Becky's running and cycling background is in coaching and competing in long distance running and teaching group cycling classes. Becky was the head Cross Country/Track coach at Stevenson University (D3) for two years and an assistant coach at San Francisco State University (D2) for one year. She has personal trained athletes of all levels and ran a couch to 5k program. Becky formerly was a member of the Golden Gate Triathlon Club (San Francisco). A former collegiate D2 runner, Becky still competes in local road races at the sub-elite level.
  • USATF Level 1 Certified Track and Field Coach
  • ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • RPM (Cycling) Certified Instructor Since 2008
  • M.S. Kinesiology: Social Scientific Perspectives