Great Basin College enriches people's lives by providing student-centered, post-secondary education to rural Nevada. Educational, cultural, and related economic needs of the multicounty service area are met through programs of university transfer, applied science and technology, business and industry partnerships, developmental education, community service, and student support services in conjunction with certificates and associate and select baccalaureate degrees.
GBC is a comprehensive community college that provides educational opportunities to over 3,800 students across 86,500 square miles, in ten of Nevada's largest counties bordering five states. The main campus in Elko is home to an educational community that attracts students interested in a residential college experience. Satellite facilities are located in over a dozen communities across the college's service area.
The Fitness Center and Gym on GBC's Elko Campus (#17 on the campus map) is the site of many physical education and exercise (PEX courses) classes including strength training, core fitness, karate, rock climbing, yoga, zumba, tai chi, and open workout. Included in the facility is a full-sized gym and a workout room. Amenities include:
The workout room is available during all open hours. The gym portion of the Fitness Center is available for basketball, volleyball, or general workouts when classes are not being held.
The fitness center is equipped with always-clean mats and basketballs, exercise balls, jump-ropes, bosu balls, resistance bands, kettle bells, and more.
Anyone high school age or older can take a fitness class at Great Basin College. Please see the course list/descriptions below, including "Open Workout" and "Fitness Membership" for those who just want to use the facility/equipment to do their own workout. (If you have never previously taken a GBC course for credit, you will need to complete the GBC Admission form and pay a one-time $10 admission fee.)
Anyone taking a PEX class gets an additional 8 free visits to the fitness center for each PEX credit they're taking (e.g. a two credit PEX class = 16 free visits).
Total Fitness and Weight Control (PEX 207) - 2 credits
Learn more about Total Fitness and Weight Control with Brian Dankowski and Karen Kimber
This class will provide the information and tools to help the student make evidence-based decisions concerning fitness, nutrition, and weight control. The class begins with a 30-minute, non-stop Core Fit workout of all of your major muscles, using body weight, free weights,and resistance bands. Following the workout there will be a lecture/activity component where students will learn important nutrition concepts and how to apply those concepts in real world meal planning, food shopping, and preparation, for long-term weight control.
Get stronger, leaner, healthier! In this class, students will execute weight and strength training moves with correct form, resulting in reduced body fat, increased lean muscle, improved muscle sculpting, and more efficient calorie burning. The 1 credit course is perfect for your busy schedule, providing a twice/week intense, 30-minute, non-stop workout of all major muscle groups.
Cardio Step (PEX 170) - 1 credit
Learn more about Cardio Step with Brian Dankowski
In this class, students will execute cardiovascular training on the step aerobic platform and risers; they will also learn weight and strength training moves with focus on correct form. In addition to improving cardiovascular fitness, this cardio workout class will help you burn fat and calories and increase your metabolic rate. Cardio workouts also effectively reduce stress, elevate mood, and increase alertness. This class can be modified for most fitness levels and conditions.The 1 credit course is perfect for your busy schedule, providing an intense, 30-minute, non-stop cardio step workout two days/week.
Strength Training (PEX 180) - 2 credit
Learn more about Strength Training with Jen Stieger
Get stronger, leaner, healthier! In this class, students will execute weight and strength training moves with correct form, resulting in reduced body fat, increased lean muscle, improved muscle sculpting, and more efficient calorie burning. The 2 credit course is perfect for your busy schedule, providing an intense, 45-minute, non-stop workout of major muscle groups. This class can be modified for any fitness level.
Got Barre (PEX 199) - 2 credits
Learn more about Got Barre with Janet Trimble
This class combines postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing strength training exercises with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. This class incorporates light handheld weights to bring on the burn during reps, as well as mats for targeted core work. The benefits include toned core, hips, legs, arms and shoulders; smaller, firmer waists & rounder, tighter derrieres; inches lost; improved cardio and strength stamina. Participants leave feeling they have worked out hard, but had FUN doing it.
Boot Camp (PEX 172) - 2 credits
Learn more about Boot Camp with Jen Stieger
This is a popular class that pushes students harder than they'd push themselves! It mixes body weight exercises and calisthenics with cardio and strength training. This class is designed to be different all the time; it will keep you guessing - and challenge you differently every class. The instructor may push you like a drill sergeant, but will offer encouragement rather than intimidation.
Yoga Basics (PEX 169) - 1 credit
Learn more about Yoga Basics with Janet Trimble and Laura Watts
Learn more about Yoga Basics with Lisa Eriksen
Yoga is a way of balancing life by uniting body, mind and spirit through the use of postures, movement, breath and meditation. Yoga exercises and breathing techniques performed correctly and consistently will promote firm muscles, healthy skin, good posture, flexibility, and coordination. Yoga will relax the body as well as the mind and create vitality, well being, and a positive nature. It is geared to one’s own pace, health and activity - whether you weight train daily, or haven't exercised in years, Yoga is for EVERY body!
Yoga Advanced (PEX 169) - 2 credits
Learn more about Yoga Advanced with Lisa Eriksen
This class is intended for yoga students who have attended Yoga Basics class or its equivalent. Students will continue studying both the movements and poses of yoga. Attention will be paid to alignment, the physiological and psychological benefits of a yoga practice. The class will incorporate breathing and energy transfer techniques with the physical aspects of yoga.
Tai Chi (PEX 148) - 2 credits
Learn more about Tai Chi with Bill Galvin
Tai Chi is an internal martial art, often called “poetry in motion.” It is comprised of four parts: meditation, warm-up exercises, Tai Chi Ch’uan movements, and cool down exercises. By integrating these four parts, the student learns to combine each part of the body into a whole unit, exercising every muscle, joint, tendon, ligament, and especially the mind. Tai Chi can be used as a wellness program, an exercise program, and a relaxation program, all rolled in to one. Tai Chi teaches the student to live in harmony with oneself and nature.
Karate (PEX 143) - 2 credits
Learn more about Karate with Kyoshi Jon Rynearson
An introduction to martial arts for beginners and a continuation of training for more advanced students. Student will learn martial arts skills through the practice of the basics, forms, and sparring. Together, with the self-defense aspect, the student will develop a sense of well-being through the self-confidence produced by disciplined training.
Circuit Training (PEX 173) - 1 credit
Learn more about Circuit Training with Brian Dankowski
This class is designed to burn calories, sculpt, and tone your entire physique. Students will move around the room to different stations, set up for high intensity interval training, strength training, and core training. Students will learn to execute conditioning and weight training moves with correct form, showing increased strength and endurance. Class can be modified for most fitness levels.The 1 credit course is perfect for your busy schedule, providing an intense, 30-minute, non-stop workout two days/week.
Rock Climbing (PEX 134) - 1 or 2 credits
Learn more about Beginning Rock Climbing with Brandon Hicks
An introduction to the fundamentals of how to safely rock climb, including basic belay technique, climbing technique, climbing knots and basic climbing anchors. Equipment is provided. Classes will culminate with outdoor climbing inspectacular Lamoille canyon! The two-credit class advances skills with several outdoor climbing experiences.
Open Workout - Rock Climbing (PEX 199)
Learn more about Open Climbing with David Freistroffer
Experienced Climbers: if you have completed “Beginning Rock climbing” and/or can demonstrate safe technique/skills to an instructor, this class provides the opportunity to find belaying partners and practice your skills with other climbers. ***NOT FOR BEGINNERS***
Zumba (PEX 149) - 2 credits
Learn more about Zumba with Kerstin Anderson
Zumba exercise classes are “fitness-parties " that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration. Zumba Toning- keeps Zumba's essence while focusing on strength training the arms, abs and thighs.
If you like to “do your own thing” when it comes to exercise, and you have a good workout ethic, try either Fitness Center and Gym Membership or Student Open Workout: Students may utilize the workout room any time during regular Fitness Center hours, taking advantage of the cardio equipment, universal machine and free weights. Fitness Center Staff can assist in use of equipment. Members may also utilize the gym to shoot hoops or use additional cardio and other workout equipment, when there are no scheduled fitness classes; the gym may not be utilized by Membership or Open Workout students during scheduled classes, nor may they take part in other fitness classes. The rock wall may only be used by those who have passed the Rock Climbing course or had a skill check-off by Rock Climbing instructor.
Open Workout (PEX 199) - 1 credit
Members of Open Workout can use the fitness center during non-class times to earn one GBC credit. Students must log at least 16 hours to pass this self-paced course, but students may log many more hours… a great $ deal!
Fitness Center Membership – 0 credits
Fitness Center Membership - 0 credit
Students enrolled in three or more GBC credits can sign up for fitness center memberships through the Continuing Education Department. The cost of a membership is $60 per semester…a great $ deal! This is non-credit. (If you want credit, see “Open Workout” course listed above).
You can also enjoy a walk around GBC's beautiful Elko campus by using the Walk the Walk: Mileage guide to walking the GBC Elko Campus!
Fitness Center Director
Great Basin College
Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 3,800 students are enrolled online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!
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