About Albion College Wellness
The Albion College Wellness program aims to enable and equip all faculty and staff members to make wise choices about their wellbeing and to become healthier, more productive members of the College community.
In 2013, Albion College made significant investment in the wellness of its employees by developing “the Depot,” a fitness center reserved solely for faculty and staff members.
Led by Campus Wellness Director, Tom Johnson, the Depot accommodates over 40 participants daily with more participants joining in regularly.
Four major elements comprise the FITT Brits program: education, physical activity, data collection, and outcomes. Johnson provides personalized support and consultation, regularly collects data from participants and has seen a steady reduction in total pounds and body mass index and an increase in the number of pushups and flexibility.
The Depot currently comprises a 572 sq. ft. workout area, a 300 sq. ft. room for spinning machines, two 208 sq. ft. offices, and small spaces along the walls that accommodate dumbbells, cardiovascular machines, and educational literature.
The goals of the Albion College Wellness Program include:
- Educating the Albion College Community to realize ownership of their own health
- Providing the Albion College Community with a supportive and inviting environment in which participants can work to improve their individual health habits
- Providing activities, equipment and instruction so that the members of the Albion College Community become more physically active
- Providing an avenue for Albion College students to learn about and facilitate activities as “Fitness Assistants.”
- Wallyball - M-F at 12 p.m. (group meets on the racquetball court)
- Spinning - M/W/F at 12 p.m. with Nikki Lee
- Kettlebell - T/TH at 12 p.m. with Erik Achenbach
- Tian Wu Dao - M/W/Th/F at 2-2:45 p.m. with Andy Boyan
- Kettlebell - M/W at 5 p.m. with Drew Dunham
- Personal Training - ongoing with Tom
For questions contact Tom Johnson at 517-629-0439 or via email at
Wellness Theme Year Committee
Albion College celebrated a campus-wide Year of Wellness in 2011-2012. Many of the speakers and events throughout the academic year emphasized the importance of wellness—and its multiple components—in all of our lives.
The College thanks the members of the Wellness Theme Year Committee for their efforts in making the year a success!
- Heather Betz
- Tom Johnson
- Melissa Walton
- Andy Boyan
- Trisha Franzen
- Mark Holbrook
- Frank Kelemen
- Rebecca Kocher
- Zach Kribs
- Lisa Locke
- Judith Lockyer
- Karla McCavit
- Brad Rabquer
- Jennifer Schreer
- Ann Whitmer
- Barry Wolf
We are happy to announce two free classes for the students, led by students. Availability will be first come, first serve.
Monday and Wednesday, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Meet in the Atrium of the Dow.
Are you looking to get active, but aren’t too sure where to start? We have the class for you! Get out, walk, and explore the town of Albion at the same time. Class will start with a short warm-up before heading out for 45 minutes of moderate-to-brisk walking throughout the surrounding area. The route will change regularly so you won’t get bored with the same routine each day. Following your workout, you will finish with stretching all the muscles you just worked.
Boot Camp Class
Tuesday and Thursday, 7 a.m.-8 a.m.
Location: Meet in the Atrium of the Dow.
Are you looking for something a little more challenging than your regular exercise routine? The Boot Camp Class will be set up as a circuit to work both your cardiovascular system and your muscles. Activities will use your both own body weight for resistance and a variety of equipment to tone and strengthen your whole body. The class will end with a complete stretching routine to add in your flexibility as well. Due to equipment limitation, this class will have a limit of 18 students.
FITT Friday Lunch Lecture Series
Come out, eat your lunch, and learn a little about how to embrace wellness in your life!
Fitt Friday lectures will be from 12pm - 1pm in the KC Stack
September 19 – How Much Physical Activity is Enough?
October 17 – Topic/Speaker TBA
November 21 – Topic/Speaker TBA