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Laura Masone

Chair, Physical Education; Senior Associate in Physical Education; Group Fitness Director


Physical Education


Laura Masone, Chair and Senior Associate in Physical Education, joined the faculty of Barnard in 1992. She is the Group Fitness Director for Barnard's FITbear Program and has been the Director of Columbia's Group Fitness Program since 1985.  She teaches all Group Fitness classes as well as Total Body Conditioning, Fitness Outside, Instructor Training, and Self-Paced/Advanced Courses and is the Faculty Advisor for Independent Study in Physical Education.

Current and past certifications include:

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Council on Exercise
  • American Aerobic Association International
  • Aquatics Exercise Association
  • Zumba
  • Cardio Sport
  • Piyo
  • Stride
  • Total Barre
  • Barre Above
  • Balletone
  • Pound
  • TRX
  • YogaFit

She is certified with the American Red Cross as a Professional Rescuer and teaches Community CPR and First Aid.

She is an expert in training fitness instructors and personal trainers. She developed the instructor training program and manual for Fitness Masters, the NYC Ballet Workout and NYC Parks Foundation. She trains all of the group fitness instructors on the Barnard/Columbia campus.

  • BA, Brandeis University
  • MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • MBA, Simmons School of Management

  • Cardiovascular training
  • Core and Strength training
  • Women's fitness
  • Fitness instructor training

  • Cardio
  • Sculpt
  • Step
  • Total Body Conditioning
  • Fitness Outside
  • Wellness
  • Weight Training
  • Personal Fitness
  • Aqua Exercise
  • Self Paced
  • Advanced Fitness

  • International Dance Exercise Association
  • Zumba Instructor Network

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