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Fitness and Wellness

Shape is vital to art and sculpture. It’s also vital to the artist. Getting in shape and staying in shape are what we actively pursue in the Fitness and Wellness Program. Our facility, housed in the Student Life Activity Center, is dedicated to bringing the benefits—physically, artistically and emotionally—to the IAIA curriculum.

The relationship between physical health, emotional well being, and spiritual awareness is well known—and that is our focus. Physical health is a necessity for success.

It’s time to get moving. Fitness Center activities and classes will help you achieve a healthier lifestyle, including physical activity, nutrition, meditation, and movement.

The Fitness Training Center offers exercise equipment, classes, and open hours that provide all students, faculty and staff with an on-campus facility to get in shape and stay in shape. Classes include conditioning, yoga, weight-training, archery, Zumba™, indoor cycling, disc golf, and cross-country running. The schedule changes semester by semester—so be sure to check the current schedule to find your favorite activity, or to try something new.


Monday–Sunday (Seven Days a Week)9 am–9 pm


The Fitness and Wellness Program promotes health through all of the dimensions of wellness and physical movement to enhance longevity and quality of life. To meet our aspirations for excellence, we recognize that being physically healthy is necessary for our success.


The mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of every IAIA student and employee is the goal for our Fitness and Wellness Program.


All of those who participate in Fitness Center activities and classes will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Learning Outcomes

Depending on which course students enroll in, they will be able to:

  • Monitor changes in physiological outcomes over a set period of time
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the health benefits of exercise and be empowered to develop a personal physical activity program
  • Develop and practice recreational, fitness, and wellness activities as a part of a healthy lifestyle
  • Experience a variety of fitness and wellness related activities on and off campus


  • 1 credit physical education classes
  • Drop-in hours in the Fitness Center
  • Individual fitness assessments
  • Special events, such as disc golf and archery competitions


Disc Golf

Attention: The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Disc Golf Course will no longer be open to the general public—effective immediately, any future tournaments planned are canceled. We appreciate your understanding.

The purpose of the IAIA Disc Golf Course is to offer a fun, healthy, and lifelong recreational opportunity for the IAIA community. Disc golf is a component of the college’s health and wellness curriculum, and the course exists to enhance our campus facility and offer a unique feature to our community.

The disc golf course was designed by David McCormack of Gateway Disc Sports and is a prime example of high desert disc golf. It features custom painted Gateway Titan Pro-24 Disc Golf Targets complete with numbered golf flags mounted atop each target as well as custom cedar tee box signs and field turf tee pads.

Download and view the Disc Golf Course Map

  1. PRO 259
    AM 193
    A short, uphill, and straightforward par 3. Avoid the guardian trees to get a birdie; long and left is a safe play.
  2. PRO 278
    AM 201
    With a tight, technical green, this par 3 has plenty of dangers. A safe landing zone is left of the basket.
  3. PRO 405
    AM 232
    This par 3 finishes uphill to a tight green. Big arms may want to go pin-high right of the basket for a good look at birdie, while a safe placement is middle-left of the fairway. An OB is marked on the far left side of the fairway.
  4. PRO 345
    AM 238
    The safe play is short of the basket on the left side of this uphill par 3. The well-protected basket is accessible from the front and long-right side of the green.
  5. PRO 280
    AM 184
    Short and technical, the basket on this short par 3 is best approached from the left side of the green.
  6. PRO 339
    AM 232
    On a downhill shot to a well protected basket behind a large juniper, this par 3 can be accessed from either the right of the basket, pin high–or short left, which will leave an uphill putt. The fence behind the basket is OB.
  7. PRO 274
    AM 191
    Stay in the middle to birdie this short, uphill par 3.
  8. PRO 434
    AM 325
    The first par 4 on the course finishes uphill. Long arms should stay right to have an eagle look, while solid drive placement in the middle of the fairway should lead to a birdie 3 opportunity.
  9. PRO 277
    AM 190
    The front nine finishes with dog-leg left par 3. Stay in the middle/right side of the fairway to have a look at birdie.
  10. PRO
    AM 187
    The shortest hole on the course, the first hole of the back nine is a par 3–uphill and aceable. Run it.
  11. PRO 549
    AM 392
    The start of the Gauntlet, this par 4 works to a funneled fairway, and continues over the crest of the hill to an open green. Right and short of the funnel are good plays–unless you can carry the large junipers on either side of the gap. The asphalt on the right is OB.
  12. PRO 478
    AM 362
    Stay to the right on this downhill par 4; the white pole the fairway with a look at the basket. The hole continues right where the basket is well protected by a circle of junipers.
  13. PRO 545
    AM 371
    A par 4; the white pole marks the left side of the fairway. Stay right. The basket is located in a small, well protected green on the knob of a hill.
  14. PRO 404
    AM 348
    An uphill, 90 degree dogleg right par 4. The white pole marks the right side of the first fairway with a look at the basket, which t is located right down a tunnel and green. Big arms may look at a big anhyzer over the junk–but the safe play is straight up the hill.
  15. PRO 305
    AM 240
    A hillside to hillside par 3; the fence on the right is OB. Stay to the right side of the fairway for a look at birdie.
  16. PRO 246
    AM 195
    Straightforward, short, downhill par 3; fence on the right is OB. Avoid the trees left of the basket.
  17. PRO 600
    AM 389
    A lengthy par 4. The white pole marks the left side of the fairway and the fence on the right is OB. The fairway moves downhill before climbing left to the green on top of a hill.
  18. PRO 544
    AM 478
    The finishing hole is an uphill par 4. The white pole marks a safe landing zone in front of a row of guardian trees. The fairway continues left to an open green–beware of the kidney shaped hazard left of the basket.
Download and view the Disc Golf Scorecard
  • Ace: Known as a hole in one in ball golf. An ace occurs when a player makes their first shot, or drive, into the basket. One of the unique practices in disc golf is to have all participants in the ace group or all spectators sign the “ace disc.” Aces are more common in disc golf than ball golf as the top pros boast as many as 100+ aces in their careers.
  • Anhyzer: A disc’s flight arc that fades to the right for a right-handed backhand throw.
  • Birdie: Completing a hole one stroke under par.
  • Approach: Usually the second shot of a hole, designed to place the disc within putting distance.
  • Drive: Any throw off of the tee pad, or a throw from the fairway designed for maximum distance.
  • Driver: A disc designed for fast, long-distance flight.  The driver is the most difficult to control.
  • Hyzer: A disc’s flight arc that fades to the left for the right-handed backhand throw.
  • Lie: The spot where the disc comes to rest. This is often marked by a mini-disc marker.
  • Mid-range A mid-range disc is a driver disc designed for slower and more stable flight.
  • Mini/Marker: A small disc used to mark a player’s lie.
  • ParLike in ball golf, each disc golf hole has a posted par. The par is the desired number of strokes that a player would need to complete the hole. To the competitive disc golfer, every hole is a par three, making the total par for 18 holes always 54. This serves to simplify the game.
  • Pole hole or basket: The target for catching the disc. Pole Hole is short for Disc Pole Hole.
  • PuttThe final throw(s) of the hole aimed at getting your disc to come to rest in the trapper basket. Any throw within the circle ( 10 meter radius).
  • Putter or putt and approach disc: Putters or Putt and Approach discs are designed for short-distance and stable flight. Usually used within the circle.
  • Roller: A rolling disc advance (e.g., the disc rolls along the ground).
  • Stability: Stable: Flying straight; when released flat, a disc has a tendency to fly straight. Understable: when released flat, a disc has a tendency to fly right. Overrstable: when released flat, a disc has a tendency to fly left. (When thrown the right arm and back handed.)
  • Tee Pad: The location or designated area in which the first throw of the golf hole is suppose to take place from. Tee Pads are typically be made of concrete or rubber. A portion of a side walk or a utility marker flag or spray painted box may also be used as a tee pad.
  • The Basket: Born of the original pole hole, the game of disc golf advanced rapidly with the invention of “Steady” Ed’s Disc Pole Hole or “Basket” as it is commonly referred to by disc golfers. Once a disc comes to rest in the basket, the hole is considered complete.
  • The Circle: This is what helps defines a true disc golf putt. If a player is throwing his/her disc at the basket with in a 10 Meter or 30 Ft circle of the basket, they must follow an additional set of putting rules defined by the PDGA. Basically if you’re in the circle, your disc has to come to rest in the basket before any part of your body touches past the mini marker towards the basket. Failure to do so can lead to a “falling putt” penalty stroke.
  • Throw: The act of advancing the disc towards the basket. This can be accomplished by many different throwing styles; Backhand, Forehand, Rollers. Each throw is counted towards the player’s score.
  • Tomahawk: An overhand throw at a vertical angle.

This terminology comes from

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Stephan Swimmer

Stephan Swimmer

(Eastern Cherokee)

Student Activities Director
Student Life
P (505) 424-2339

Daniel Magdalena

Daniel Magdalena

(Jemez Pueblo)

Recreation Assistant
Student Life
P (505) 424-2339