September Events

Seize the Sweaty: Ladies Night

9:30-11:30pm / Wednesday, Sept. 26 / LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center

We are excited to host our second Ladies Night as part of the Seize the Sweaty campaign! This is a private event for the ladies of the university community. We would love for students, faculty, staff and alumni to join us for a night full of Group Exercise classes and demos with the Personal Trainers. You're also welcome to use the pool, rock wall, or simply workout! Please bring your Liberty ID. 

  • Group Exercise classes, demos with personal trainers, and more!
  • Gift cards, apparel and 1 Free Personal Training Package will be given away!
  • Open to female students, faculty, staff and alumni


Wellness Workshop: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Ailments

5:30-6:30pm / Thursday, Sept. 27 / Mind Body Studio

Part one of this workshop series touched upon what essential oils are, and how aromatherapy can be beneficial to your health. For part two, we are taking it a step further to talk about how to use essential oils and aromatherapy for specific ailments. Our instructor will give examples of common ailments, such as the common cold, headaches, stomach flu, and give practical tips on how to use essential oils to help alleviate symptoms naturally. This workshop is for anyone looking to gain more insight into how to use essential oils more practically.

Disclaimer: we do not recommend you stop any medications you have been advised to take unless you consult with your doctor – essential oils can make a positive impact on your health, but we are not qualified to diagnose or prescribe oils as medication substitute to any person.

Register online up to 24 hours in advance. 

  • Learn how to practically use essential oils to help alleviate symptoms of common ailments
  • Develop a greater understanding of the positive impact essential oils can have on your health


October Events



Wellness Workshop: Using Aromatherapy to Enhance your Yoga Practice

5:30-6:30pm / Thursday, Oct. 11 / Mind Body Studio

From attending part 1 and part 2 of this workshop series, you know what essential oils are, and how aromatherapy and the use of essential oils can have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing. The third part of this workshop series is going to look at how aromatherapy can enhance your yoga practice.

Our instructor will lead you through practical ways to use essential oils while practicing yoga to ensure you are reaping the maximum benefit from them. There will be samples to take home and the instructor will be leading a yoga class during this time, so be dressed to move!

Register online up to 24 hours in advance. 

  • Participants can enjoy samples of essential oils that they want to use in their yoga practice
  • Learn which oils are good for specific types of yoga to enhance the relaxing or energizing effects
  • Be prepared to move and breath through an instructor led flow while using essential oils


Fitness Workshop: Introduction to Powerlifting

10:00am-12:30pm / Saturday, Oct. 13 / Training Loft 

If you are interested in getting involved with Powerlifting, and are considering joining our Powerlifting Competition on December 1st – join our personal trainers on Saturday, October 13th from 10am-12:30pm to learn all there is to know about Powerlifting. Your trainers will break down the movements into the correct form and allow you to practice with direct feedback. You will also get an inside scoop on how judges for the competition will score certain lifts, and how to make sure you are lifting with the best form possible to build strength and power.

Register online up to 24 hours in advance. 

  • Learn the form and technique for the squat, bench press, and deadlift
  • Prepare for the possibility of competing in the future – even for our own Recreation Centers Powerlifting Competition on December 1st!
  • Become more confident in the gym with knowing how to do lifts correctly and build proper strength and power

Seize the Sweaty: Guy's Night 

9:30-11:30pm / Wednesday, Oct. 17 / LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center

Calling all men of the university community (students, faculty, stuff, and alumni). October 17th is your night. You made your wishes known and we listened! We have scheduled a guy's only night as part of the Seize the Sweaty Campaign and would love for you all to join us. We will have lifting demos, pickup games, rock climbing, swimming and more! If none of that sparks your interest, you're welcome to use the equipment for your normal workout. We hope to see you there! Please bring your Liberty ID. 

  • Lifting demos, pickup games, rock climbing and more!
  • Gift cards, apparel and 1 Free Personal Training Package will be given away!
  • Open to male students, faculty, staff and alumni


Yoga Workshop: Breathing Techniques for Anxiety and Stress Relief

5:30-6:30pm / Thursday, Oct. 18 / Mind Body Studio

The last part of our Aromatherapy and Essential oils workshops is using yoga breathing techniques for anxiety and stress relief. Aromatherapy and Essential oils can be an incredible aid to relaxation, but it is also important to know how to calm the body down and relax through your breath. A yoga instructor will give you practical techniques that you can use at home to activate your “parasympathetic” nervous system – or your “rest and digest” nervous system. All too often we live in our “fight or flight” – or “sympathetic” nervous system, leading to extreme stress and burnout. Come conclude our workshop series with relaxing and calming breathing and meditation techniques on October 18 from 5:30-6:30pm in the Mind Body Studio at the LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center. There may be light movement involved so please dress comfortably.

Register online up to 24 hours in advance. 


  • Learn how to couple using essential oils with yoga breathing techniques to alleviate stress and anxiety
  • Step out of the “fight or flight” stress mode and into “rest and digest” parasympathetic nervous system process
  • Gain insight and practical techniques to manage stress and anxiety on your own


Yoga Workshop: Arm Balances and Inversions

10:00am-12:30pm / Saturday, Oct. 20 / Mind Body Studio

Join Registered Yoga Teacher Heather Gaunt for our Arm Balance and Inversion Workshop on Saturday, October 20th from 10am-12:30pm. Whether you are brand new to arm balancing and inverting, or you are just looking to deepen your practice, this workshop can offer you practical techniques and tips to ensure proper alignment and strength/flexibility building to achieve any arm balance or inversion. We will work towards letting go of fear, expectations, or insecurities – and harness the strength that is inside each of us.

Register online up to 24 hours in advance. 

  • Work on basic arm balances and inversions – like crow pose, side crow pose, headstand, handstand
  • Break down more advanced arm balances and inversions to learn the steps needed to achieve them
  • Let go of fear! Embrace your inner and outer strength!

Yoga Workshop: Prenatal 

5:30-6:30pm / Thursday, Oct. 25 / Mind Body Studio

Join us on Thursday, October 25th in the Mind/Body Studio for a special prenatal yoga workshop! This hour long workshop will help any woman who is pregnant or would like to become pregnant learn how to continue their practice of yoga (or start!) safely and effectively. This workshop will also be an informational session for anyone looking to be a part of our Prenatal Training Program in Spring 2019!

Register online up to 24 hours in advance. 

  • Anyone who is pregnant or looking to become pregnant will learn how to start or continue the practice of yoga safely through the three trimesters
  • Learn why yoga is extremely beneficial for any pregnant woman and even her partner
  • Learn more about our Spring 2019 Prenatal Training Program


Pool Battleship

6:00-8:00pm / Friday, Oct. 26 / LaHaye Rec and Fitness Center Pool 

Sink all opposing battleships (aka canoes) using buckets, squirt guns, and tons of splashing in order to be the last boat floating! Battleship teams consist of 2-4 per canoe. Show up with your team or we can find a team for you!

  • Bring your swimsuit and a towel! 
  • Battleship supplies will be provided
  • No registration necessary 


Fitness Workshop: Halloween Hip Hop

10:00am-12:30pm / Saturday, Oct. 27 / Dance Studio

Join us at the LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center on Saturday, October 27th, for our Halloween themed Hip Hop Workshop! Learn how to break down and create exciting and dynamic Hip Hop dance choreography with an experienced instructor. Gain knowledge, experience, and a great workout while having a blast! Halloween themed clothes and costumes are encouraged! 

Register online up to 24 hours in advance. 

  • Learn how to break down and create Hip Hop dance choreography
  • Practice choreography in a fun group setting with an experienced instructor
  • Get a great workout while having a blast!


November Events



Yoga Workshop: AcroYoga Part 1

5:30-6:30pm / Thursday, Nov. 1 / Mind Body Studio

AcroYoga is the union and balance between acrobatics and yoga – it requires two people to work together, communicate effectively, and trust each other to create beautiful, strong movements. Join Heather and Elliot Gaunt as they lead you through the basics of how to begin an AcroYoga practice, what the base and the flyer need to know, and how to practice safely. This workshop is for anyone who has basic yoga experience and is willing to trust, laugh, and fall! This workshop is for anyone looking to lay the framework for a strong AcroYoga practice.

Register online up to 24 hours in advance. 

  • Learn the basic foundation of AcroYoga and its benefits
  • Learn how to trust and communicate with your partner
  • Use the tools in the workshop to become stronger, more balanced, and more flexible


Bouldering Competition: The Golden Boulder

2:00-9:00pm / Friday, Nov. 2 / LaHaye Rock Wall

Curious what it is like to be in a rock climbing competition? Come and join us for a chance to have a great time with music, food, prizes, and fellowship with other students of all levels. There is a beginner, intermediate and advanced category. Awards are given for our top male and female, top dyno competitor, and crash pad stacking competition winner. Have a chance to win great gear from our event sponsors, or one of $75 worth of raffles just for participating!

The competition takes place on November 2nd. You will be able to choose to join a group of no more than 40 others for 2.5 hours of climbing. Prizes and awards will be given out after all groups have finished and results are determined. Pre-registration is $10 and day of registration is $15.

Register online! 

  • Enjoy friendly competition against other students and friends
  • Enjoy the music, food and fun
  • Try all new boulder problems set for the competition


Yoga Workshop: AcroYoga Part 2

5:30-6:30pm / Thursday, Nov. 8 / Mind Body Studio

Part 1 of the AcroYoga workshops covered the basics of AcroYoga and laid a framework for a successful practice. In the next workshop, we will develop an intermediate sequence that will allow you to continue to build trust, strength, and endurance. This workshop will take your AcroYoga practice between you and your partner a step further.

Register online up to 24 hours in advance. 

  • Build upon the basic foundations learned in part 1 to craft sequences
  • Continue to grow in trust with your partner, building strength and endurance
  • Take the tools from this workshop to further your practice at home


December Events



Full Powerlifting Competition

10:00am-6:00pm / Saturday, Dec. 1 / Multipurpose Center

Whether you are just starting out with competing, are an experienced competitor, or just want to have fun and test your strength, join us for our Fall 2018 Full Powerlifting Competition on December 1st, 2018. This competition will focus on three lifts: Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift. Each lifter will have three attempts to achieve his or her highest lift in each category. Prizes will be awarded to contestants who place first or second overall.

Participants must also arrive at 9:00am for check in. For more information, email Heather Gaunt or visit the front desk of the LaHaye Recreation and Fitness Center. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Price for Students, faculty, and staff:

Alumni and community member price:

Register online by November 16th to receive a competition t-shirt. Sign-up as soon as possible! Spots are limited to 50 people. 


Cookies and Cocoa

6:00-10:00pm / Tuesday, Dec. 4 / David's Place Pool

Join the fun as we open David's Place Pool for one winter night of delicious warm cookies and hot cocoa! Stay warm swimming in our heated pool or hanging out by the fire pit in the NEW outdoor lounge area! 

  • Bring your swimsuit and towel!
  • Enjoy the fire pit, heated pool, cocoa and cookies! 
  • No registration necessary


Plunge into Finals

12:00-2:00pm / Wednesday, Dec. 5 / Liberty Natatorium 

Take a leap and plunge into finals by jumping off the 10 meter high dive at the Liberty Natarium! Take advantage of this unique opportunity while we open the high dive to students for the very first time! 

  • Bring your swimsuit and a towel!
  • Must be able to pass a small swim test 
  • No registration necessary


Yoga Workshop: Candlelight Yoga & Aromatherapy, Prepping the Mind for Exam Week

5:30-6:30pm / Thursday, Dec. 6 / Mind Body Studio

The end of the semester and the beginning and the holiday season can be incredibly busy and hectic. With finals approaching and break imminent, join us in the Mind/Body Studio on Thursday, December 6th from 5:30-6:30pm for a candlelit yoga class that will blend vinyasa, restorative, and yin yoga with aromatherapy to ease your body and mind in a stressful season. The low-candlelit light will offer a soothing atmosphere to let yourself unwind and let go of the stresses and anxieties of the season.

Register online up to 24 hours in advance.