HWS Recreation’s weekly group fitness classes focus on strength, cardiovascular training, and mind-body practices.

Class Descriptions

African Dance

This is a class that uses West African dance movements as a form of fitness. This is a high-spirited, high rhythmic dance class for anyone who likes to move. You will strengthen your body through different techniques and repetitive movements. This class incorporates music from all over the continent of Africa. Each class is different so come as you please!


This class uses a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. This class looks to develop long, lean muscles, enhance flexibility, and improve balance.

Beach Body Turbo Kick

Beach Body Turbo Kick is the hottest cardio kickboxing class around for fitness training. It's effective and fun! Beach Body Turbo Kick sets kickboxing to high energy, motivating music. It's the ultimate cardio challenge that's a unique blend of punches, kicks, and combinations within intense intervals. A strength segment involving abs, core, upper and low body sculpting and a relaxing cool down finish off the class. No previous kickboxing experience is required.

Indoor Cycling

Also referred to as "Spinning," Indoor Cycling is a fitness class that is performed on stationary bikes to music. Our instructors will guide you through an entire cycle adventure that will challenge the fittest participants, but is very modifiable for those that are just starting their fitness journey. Classes will climb, jump, sprint and have a nice flat ride through the countryside. All of our instructors are both very passionate about fitness and will try to motivate you to work at your peak performance, all the while cueing form and intensity. You'll have a great ride time after time and have tons of fun!

Power Cycling

Power Cycling is a 45 minute cardiovascular, high-intensity workout.  Made up of interval and strength/endurance rides; this class is designed to push participants to work past their comfort zones and build upon their current physical fitness levels.  Each ride will be faced with different challenges but at the end will leave you feeling great!

For ALL indoor cycling classes, those who wish to participate must reserve a bike by calling ext. 3528. RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE AFTER NOON ON THE DAY BEFORE THE CLASS MEETS (for example, Mon. at noon for Tuesday class). Please bring a towel, bottle of water and arrive 5 minutes before class!

No Sweat

No Sweat is a great way to recharge your battery in the middle of the day and give you the energy to get through the afternoon. The phrase "no sweat" means this is not a cardio workout. Instead, it utilizes stability balls, step benches, hand weights, resistance bands and mats. Participants will perform a variety of exercises to increase strength. This class is designed to accommodate from beginner to advanced individuals. All equipment will be provided.


Pilates exercise was once in the domain of professional athletes and dancers. Today, it's become a popular exercise form for people of all professions. The advantages of Pilates practice include improved posture, core strength, fluid movement, better muscle tone, and enhanced coordination.

Power Pump

This high tempo, non-stop class uses light to moderate weights with lots of repetition.  POWERPUMP gives you a total body workout.  Ellen will coach you through the moves and techniques pumping out encouragement, motivation and fun music!  You will leave feeling energized and inspired.


Core Strength Yoga with Leigh Pitifer

Core strength yoga is a program designed to provide a holistic approach to exercise. Yoga poses build strength, enhance flexibility, and relieve stress and tension working inwards while "working out." The yoga sequences are mindfully flowing, dynamic, creative, and challenging. Be prepared to feel empowered, energized, and balanced with a constant focus on core connection on all levels. This can be a total body/mind transformative experience!

Yoga with Karen Lynch

The foundation of this Yoga class is Ashtanga with some Vinyasa flow.  We focus on building from our core and our breath to create strength, stability, and balance.  We incorporate a connection between mind, body, spirit, and soul through a combination of creating awareness of alignment in our anatomy in connection with how it best relates to our personal study of self-growth and awareness in our Yoga Practice.  We will touch on the Yoga Sutras, Eight limbs of Yoga, and how our energetic systems connect to our practice through our Chakras, as well as meditation, affirmation, and intention. There is a genuine goal of Ahimsa, in taking care of our bodies in acceptance and appreciation for where we are at.  See you on your mat! Namaste


Zumba class is a dance fitness party, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility! This class is a fun and effective way to get your body moving and leave you feeling energized!



Instructor Karen Quartaro has been a group fitness instructor for 30 years. She is certified through AFFA, NETA and most recently with the YMCA. She currently teaches a variety of classes for the Geneva Recreation Department, the Geneva Family YMCA, as well as at HWS since it opened. Karen teaches cardio classes, such as hi-low and kickboxing; resistance classes; and is a certified Pilates instructor.


Instructor Donna Loeb has been a certified group exercise Fitness Professional and Personal Trainer through AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America) since 1996. She has served as the Group Ex Team Leader as well as an instructor since 1993 for the Geneva Family YMCA. She has also worked as a Personal Trainer since 1997 and has attended numerous fitness education conferences to broaden her fitness knowledge. Donna has extensive outdoor cycling experience as an athlete that participates in triathlons, as well as recreational cycling trips with her husband both nationally and internationally. Donna has a wide-ranging knowledge base in her field and takes her job very seriously, but always finds a way to interject humor and lightheartedness into her classes.


William Smith alumna Leigh Pitifer '84 has been in the fitness field for nearly 20 years, teaching health and wellness classes and varied fitness training programs to HWS and FLCC students, faculty, and staff. She holds several fitness certifications including YogaFit, Yoga Alliance 200 hours, Turbo Kick, and Indoor Cycling.  In addition, Leigh teaches classes in the Health and Physical Education Department at Finger Lakes Community College and teaches group exercise classes at the Geneva Family YMCA.


Ellie Barnard is a junior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She’s a history major and minor in education. Over the past two years, Ellie has fallen in love with indoor cycling, and is looking forward to teaching classes for HWS Recreation and hopefully having others fall in love with it too!


Instructor Ellen Reeder has been a dedicated fitness professional for many years. She is certified primarily through AFAA but has taken courses in a wide range of specialties. She was privileged to live abroad for a period of time, where she gained and shared an abundance of fitness related information. She has been both a group fitness instructor as well as a personal fitness trainer. Over the years, she has taught an extensive number of different fitness classes and was excited to be part of the start-up of indoor cycling classes at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Exercise is her passion and she hopes to motivate all who join her!


Joshua Kolapo started working as an area coordinator in Residential Education at HWS in the summer of 2015. Before coming to HWS he worked at the University of South Florida (USF) where he taught African Dance to the USF community and working closely with the African Student Association. Kolapo has been dancing most of his life in Nigeria and the United states. Although he only teaches African dance, he has trained in other areas like ballet, tap, jazz, and Broadway. Kolapo earned his master’s degree in Education from USF and holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from the University of West Florida.


Lynsey Mandela is an AFPA certified personal trainer and a NETA certified group fitness instructor. She has specialty certifications in indoor cycling, kettlebell and other class formats and has experience teaching a variety of group fitness classes and boot camps. Lynsey loves personal training and group fitness because she enjoys encouraging, educating and challenging clients to live healthy lifestyles and be their best inside and out.  Her favorite quote:  “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”  - John Wooden


Arianna Bashara is a senior from Massachusetts. She’s a media and society major and double minor in English and music. Arianna takes vocal lessons at HWS and is part of the HWS chorale. In the summer she runs a canoe and kayak business in the Berkshires, and is an avid and long-time kayaker herself. Arianna loves all exercise but is certified in teaching both Yoga and Pilates.

Jen Srmack

Jen is a graphic designer and avid baker.  She’s been teaching indoor cycling for five years now. In her free time she trains for triathlons and is also the president of the Finger Lakes Triathlon Club.


Since childhood. Karen Lynch has had a passion for Yoga. After many years of practice in a variety of Yoga classes, she was offered the opportunity to instruct Yoga classes at Finger Lakes Martial Arts in Geneva. Her personal training certification provided her with the confidence to begin Yoga Instruction.  Since beginning those classes in the Fall of 2015 many doors have opened, leading to new learning experiences allowing her to grow as an instructor.  Through practice, reading, education, and meditation, she continues to develop her practice. Karen, strives to help others gain an appreciation for Yoga and help others by providing this services.


Megan Jacobs has been teaching Barre Bar for about a year and a half now. She’s also teaches fitness classes at Geneva Family YMCA, is a pre-K teacher at Geneva City Schools, and a mother of two very active little boys! Some of her favorite hobbies are gardening, reading, boating and playing with her kids! Barre bar has been an awesome addition to her workout routine! She loves getting an awesome full body workout, in just one hour!


Maddie Sutton is a senior at HWS from New Jersey. She studies biology with a minor in Spanish. Ornithology is her passion and she is commonly found with binoculars in hand or at the gym working on new dance moves. She got her start teaching Zumba classes at HWS four years ago. She is looking forward to continue teaching classes for the HWS community. This is her 4th year teaching Zumba on campus and she can’t wait to dance it out with you!


Judy Wentzel has been a certified indoor cycling instructor for four years.  She has taught classes at both SUNY Cortland and Cornell University, and other fitness facilities within the Finger Lakes. She believes indoor cycling is a great cardiovascular workout and is effective for all levels of physical fitness. Judy loves sharing her passion for fitness with others and helping people to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle!


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283 Hamilton Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Front Desk: (315) 781-3528
Office: (315) 781-3901



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Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED



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