Wellness, Recreational Facility Management
Russ Hess has managed the Hobart and William Smith Sport and Recreation Center since 2000, emphasizing wellness and fitness to the Colleges community. Besides maintaining the facility, Hess provides wellness-centered programming, including weekly group exercise classes ranging from martial arts and step aerobics to kick boxing and stability ball workouts, various contests that combine exercise and nutritional elements for students, as well as speakers on diet and nutrition, office ergonomics, Pilates, stress management and massage. He also teaches first aid and CPR training sessions, and oversees the intramural recreation program.
Hess has returned to a college setting from operating three fitness centers for the FDIC in Washington, D.C. He was the director of fitness programs for the 15-club chain Sport and Health, Inc., of McLean, Va., where he developed fitness-related policies and programs. Prior to that Hess was an exercise physiologist for South Arlington Medical Center's Center for Well Being in Arlington, Texas, and consulted for the center's cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program. He began his career directing student intramural and athletic activities at Medaille College, in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Hess has directed the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Sport and Recreation Center since 2000. Before joining the Colleges, he managed and operated three wellness centers for the FDIC in Washington, D.C. He was also responsible for fitness operations for a 15-club chain.
Hess holds health fitness instructor certification from American College of Sports Medicine, and certification in personal training from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist. He holds American Red Cross certification to instruct in CPR and first aid. He also taught fitness and wellness at Frederick Community College, and lectured to numerous groups (corporate, civic, and hospital) about fitness and wellness.
Hess holds a bachelor of science degree in physical education from SUNY Brockport and a master of science degree in physical education from West Virginia University.