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Update: In compliance with the Phase Plan initiated by Bay Mills Tribal Council, Bay Mills Community College is operating with limited staff for services by appointment only. All visitors and staff are expected to wear masks upon entering the building and while conducting face-to-face meetings. Thank you for your patience. We will continue to keep everyone updated.

Bay Mills Indian Community is currently under Level 3 provisions. A copy of the Phase policy can be found here

Summer classes will continue online only. Fall classes are still planned as scheduled for on-campus and online instruction.

Mukwa Health and Fitness Center

Mukwa Fitness Center Building

Dear Valued Members and Guests:

The Mukwa staff would like to update all of our patrons about the Fitness Center and the tentative plan for re-opening. The current pandemic is a very fluid and ever-changing situation; with that in mind, the staff is taking every precaution necessary to ensure the safety of our members, guests, and staff. The following plan is backed by guidelines set forth by our tribal government, Michigan’s government, the CDC recommendations, and other policies and procedures found in the health and fitness industry. As you read along please be aware that the Mukwa staff has the right to change the tentative plan to reopen as new information and data becomes available.

The Mukwa Fitness Center is closed until further notice. Please check back for updates. With the recent cluster of COVID-19 in our area and across the state, we are taking a very cautious approach. If the Mukwa staff and tribal government feel it is necessary to extend the closure, we will do so for the safety of our members, guests, and staff. When we do re-open, members and guests will notice some changes to the facility and how it is being run. These changes are not permanent but will remain in effect until it is safe to go back to our normal policies and procedures.

We have attached our policies and procedures to re-open. Please take a moment to review them and make sure you are comfortable before coming to the Fitness Center. The policies and procedures have been reviewed and approved by the Bay Mills Tribal government and health team, Mukwa staff, and Bay Mills Community College’s administration team. Please note that ALL the policies and procedures MUST be followed at all times. If someone chooses not to follow the policies and procedures or fails to complete the screening process, they will be asked to leave the facility. PLEASE be flexible, understanding, and kind during this process. Our staff is working very hard to give the gym members and guests a safe and enjoyable place to work out during these uncertain times.

Any questions or concerns during this time, please email Matt or Amber at: mromatz@bmcc.edu or astephan@bmcc.edu

Thank you for understanding and cooperation during this time! It is greatly appreciated!

Location/Address: 12400 W Spectacle Lake Rd Brimley, Michigan, MI 49715

Hours of operation: TBD

Phone: (906) 248-9009

Extensions:

Matt Romatz – Faculty Community Health and Fitness Educator, Facility Manager, ext. 3

Email: Matt Romatz: mromatz@bmcc.edu

Signing up for membership with the Fitness Center is very easy. Individuals interested in membership can stop by the fitness center and fill out a new member packet with a staff member or download the membership packet and bring it into the fitness center. A staff member will look it over, make sure everything is signed, and set up fingerprint access for the new member. Fingerprint access allows the new member to use the facility after staffed hours.

MEMBERSHIP RATES

Bay Mills Indian Community Tribal Members

Daily Individual Fee: $2.00 *Family of 2 Monthly Fee of $25.00
Individual Monthly Fee: $20.00   *Family of 3 or more Monthly Fee: $30.00
Individual 6-Month Fee: $80.00  *Family 6-Month Fee: $140.00
Individual Yearly Fee: $150.00 *Family Yearly Fee: $270.00

Memberships for those aged 55 and older are free

Non-Bay Mills Indian Community Members

Daily Individual Fee: $2.00 *Family of 2 Monthly Fee: $30.00
Individual Monthly Fee: $25.00 *Family or 3 of more Monthly Fee: $40.00
Individual 6-Month Fee: $110.00 *Family 6-Month Fee: $170.00
Individual Yearly Fee: $210.00 *Family Yearly Fee: $330.00

Memberships for those aged 55 and older are free

College/University Students

College and university students from BMCC and LSSU who can prove current enrollment are eligible for a membership fee of $20.00/semester (fall/spring/summer).

Fill out the Health History Questionnaire to apply for membership.

View Mukwa Fitness Center Policies

 

Over 50 Fitness Workout Class - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:30-11 am
This 30-minute, low-impact, light to moderate intensity workout class is designed for people 50+ to increase their cardiovascular and muscular endurance. This class is a combination of cardio, aerobic, and strengthening exercises using hand-held weights, stair-steppers, and chairs to offer support, stretching, and relaxation. All fitness levels are welcome to participate. There is no fee for this class.
Contact Information: Amber Stephan, (906) 248-9009 or astephan@bmcc.edu.

"Namaste on the Bay" Yoga - Tuesday and Friday 7-8 pm
This is a beginner-friendly class designed for relaxation and stress management. All fitness levels are welcome. There are limited mats available, but you are welcome to bring your own. There is a $10 drop-in fee for each class. Visit yoopyoga.com for more information.
Contact Information: Jamie Lufkins, (906) 322-8101
***Jamie is currently offering yoga classes via Zoom on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 pm. Contact Jamie for more information.

Circuit Training - Monday-Friday beginning at 8:30 am
This high-intensity aerobics class targets strength building and muscular endurance. After completing a station, instead of resting, you move quickly to the next station. Participants will move between the 8 stations for 30-second intervals, 3 times. There is no fee for this class.
Contact Information: Amber Stephan, (906) 248-9009 or astephan@bmcc.edu.

Youth TaeKwonDo - Yellow Belt Session (class is already full) Saturday 10-11 am
Classes begin February 29, 2020, and end May 23, 2020. This class is designed for youth ages 6-12. Participants will begin with their yellow belts and will graduate to a green belt. There is a $60 registration fee, which includes weaponry, belt, and a certificate of advancement upon completion.
Contact Information: Jamie Eavou, (906) 322-6400 or jeavou@gmail.com.
***This class is currently canceled until Fall 2020.

Teen/Adult TaeKwonDo - Beginner Class (class is already full) Saturday 11:15 am - 12 pm
This 10-session class is the perfect platform to get started in martial arts. We will help students develop the defense skills desired to advance from a complete beginner to earning a yellow belt rank in TaeKwonDo. Class participants can expect to begin the art of safely defending themselves with the proper and effective use of kicks and strikes. There is an $80 registration fee, which includes uniform, belt, study guide, weapon, and certificate of rank advancement.
Contact Information: Jamie Eavou, (906) 322-6400 or jeavou@gmail.com.

Fit to Fight Back Self-Defense Class for Teens and Women - Tuesday 5-6 pm
Learn self-defense, get fit, and have fun. Registration for this class is $45 per month, $25 for students and TaeKwonDo participants, $10 for teens with an adult. Fees include gloves. Register with instructor, Jamie Eavou.
Contact Information: Jamie Eavou, (906) 322-6400 or jeavou@gmail.com.

Personal Training
Our staff and students offer one-on-one training as well as designing individualized programs geared towards the specific goals the client is seeking.

Manipulations
Manipulation: increasing range of motion (ROM); induces flexibility and/or stability; facilitates movements and improves function.

Tanita Scale
Identifies fat-free mass (FFM): fat mass, total body water weight, and a total fat percentage.

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy is available per Doctor’s request or prescription and is conveniently located within the Mukwa Health and Fitness Center. Contact War Memorial Hospital for more information (906 635-4460 or 906 248-9009 ext. 2). Physical Therapy is tentatively scheduled to open July 20, 2020.

Community Snowshoe Share Program
Anyone is welcome to stop by and borrow snowshoes for the winter for up to 30 days, free of charge. Extensions may be granted simply by calling the front desk and making the request. Those wishing to participate in the program will be required to complete a waiver and release form and provide a valid driver's license or another valid form of identification. Snowshoes are distributed according to weight. Limited sizes are available. Sizes include:
Dinosaurs - up to 75 lbs.
Orange - 100-150 lbs.
Red - 150-200 lbs.
White - 200-250 lbs.

With a paid membership, clients have access to showers, the fitness center floor, and can join group exercise classes. (Some classes include an additional fee based on the instructor)

Inquire within as classes continually change throughout the year.

We are operating with limited hours beginning July 20, 2020. When a client completes the application and makes the first payment, the new member will be required to scan his/her fingerprint, which is the members' personal key code to allow access that is convenient to the member.

The Bike Program is BACK!!! After a long winter, the fitness center is happy to announce that the bike share program has returned. Anyone is welcome to stop by and borrow a bike for their disposal for 30 days, at NO COST. A few changes to the program include: a person can only borrow the bikes for a total of 30 days at a time. They are welcome to re-borrow the bike after a 2-day wait period. This is to ensure that ALL members of the community have an opportunity to take advantage of the program. There is a bit more paperwork now; these added forms are to ensure that the bikes and all parties are in agreement of how the program works and what the responsibilities of both parties are.

Matt Romatz HeadshotMatt Romatz – Faculty Community Health and Fitness Educator, Facility Manager, Department Chair for the Health and Fitness Program, and Advisor

History: A Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from LSSU. An Associates in Health and Fitness from LSSU
Work History: Manager of Anytime Fitness in Sault Ste Marie. Exercise Specialist for War Memorial Hospital in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
“My goal for our fitness center is: to provide a safe and effective exercise environment that will appeal to all demographics. We, as a staff, are here for members and guests to ensure that everyone has a positive, effective, and safe fitness center to pursue their fitness goals. Bay Mills Community has a great resource in the Mukwa Fitness Center, and we encourage all of the community to come and see what we can do for them.”

 

Amber Stephan - Health and Fitness Program Associate
Amber Stephan is the Project Coordinator for the Bay Mills Community Recreation and Fitness Initiative Program and Bay Mills Community College, where she finds ways to promote better physical activities for the community and make the community a more active place overall. Amber is also the Health and Fitness Program Associate at the Mukwa Health and Fitness Center, where she supervises the student workers and interns and makes sure daily duties are being done throughout the day. She also instructs an “over 50 fitness workout” class three days per week. She graduated from Bay Mills Community College with an associate’s degree in Health and Fitness in 2013. During her time at Bay Mills Community College, she was the Project Coordinator for a Health and Fitness Initiative, she was a student worker at the Mukwa Health and Fitness Center, and also instructed Functional Training classes five days per week. Amber is passionate about health and fitness and enjoys helping others reach their fitness goals. In her spare time, Amber enjoys quality time with her husband, son, and daughter. She also enjoys being active by working out, participating in outdoor activities with her family, and spending time with her mother and siblings.​

On December 2, 2009, Bay Mills Community College’s Mukwa Health & Fitness Education Center held its official grand opening, under the direction of BMCC President Michael C. (Mickey) Parish. Prior to the opening of this new facility, the Bay Mills Indian Community operated the Waishkey Fitness Center in the Waishkey Building.

Primary funding for the construction of the Center was made available through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) grant; supplemental resources were accessed through USDA Rural Development funds. Land for the new development was provided by the Bay Mills Indian Community. Design and engineering work for the project was completed by Integrated Design, Inc. out of Marquette, and General Contracting and Construction duties were handled by Roy Electric/Nomad Construction from Sault Ste. Marie.

Under the administrative oversight of BMCC’s Land Grant Department, the Mukwa Health & Fitness Education Center was developed to serve three primary functions: 1) provide a home for BMCC’s Exercise Science academic program and learning laboratory for students studying in that program; 2) provide a high-quality community health & fitness center for members of the Bay Mills Indian Community and their neighbors; and 3) provide a local home for physical rehabilitation services provided by War Memorial Hospital.