What is Black Bear Fit?

  • Formerly known as Big Bears to Little Bears
  • 12-week fitness challenge
  • Teams of 4-6 people create a supportive social environment
  • Each week, participate in two team-based training sessions with a personal trainer
  • Fitness Assessments at the start and finish of the program to track your progress
  • Discounted FitPass for access to all the not-free Group Exercise classes
  • Teams are scored based on Group Exercise class attendance, recreational exercise, and fitness improvements
  • Prizes will be awarded to the team with the highest score
  • UMaine Employees earn Rise Up points.

What to Expect

Show up ready for a great workout! A 60-minute session includes a warm-up, a variety of strength and cardio exercises and a cool down/stretching period. The trainers like to keep everyone interested by using a variety of equipment and training techniques. Circuit training is one of our favorites! The focus of each group may differ slightly depending on what the group is interested in doing, from running to building strength with free-weights and machines. Our goal is to see each individual improve in ways that are meaningful to them.

Registration

Registration Begins: 2-3 weeks before the start date
Informational Meeting: We always have an info session.  Be on the lookout for days and times each semester.
Sessions Begin: 2-3 weeks after the start of each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer)
Member: $132; Non-Member: $160
You do not need a membership to attend the program sessions or fitness classes, but if you would like to use the Recreation Center outside of the program and fitness classes you will need either a membership or day pass. Visit the front desk or our website for more information.
How to Register:  Register as a team or as an individual.  Register online or in person at the front desk of the Rec Center.
Days and Times:  Times may vary each semester, but typically we have multiple groups at 6:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.
If you have a group of 4 or more and would like to request a time that is not already available you may contact Adrianna Del Amo.

Current Session Info

Summer 2018 Session: May 14 – August 10 (No training 7/2-7/6)
Summer Registration opens April 30th, 2018.
Black Bear Fit Camp Session: August 13- September 14
Fall 2018 Session: September 17- December 14
Fall Registration opens July 30th, 2018.

Summer 2018  BBF Camp Group Times

Fall 2018 Group Times

If you have a group of four or more you can create your own group! Email adrianna.delamo@maine.edu with your group request.

Participating in BBF provides you with this sense of mental dedication that spills over into other areas of your life. I knew if I could get through a challenging workout, I could conquer a lot of other things (even simple things like household chores or writing a paper). You become strong, not just physically, but also mentally. Michelle
A happy BBF group with their Trainer!
I never thought the gym was for me. I could ride my bike and walk and work in the yard at no cost. But, I never got around to doing it, and at over 60, I got desperate and signed up for one semester with a trainer and group. I am hooked! It is more fun with friends, and the trainers have the workouts all planned to work all muscle groups! Gloria
I have been truly blessed with wonderful trainers and supportive colleagues who have helped me overcome fear and try many new exercises I never thought I would be able to do. I am always supported and encouraged to request adaptation when and exercise is too risky, and over time I have become stronger and more resilient. I am more fit today at 57 than at any point since my accident and I am only getting stronger. I have a terrific time with my new friends while doing the work to improve my health, I am so grateful for this program! Tamara