The fitness class offerings from Campus Recreation are great for a number of reasons – expert instructors, variety, timing, and accessibility are only a few. I did my best to attend each class offered because I thought it might be helpful for those of you considering joining a class or two. Please note: the location of classes may change due to attendance, but they all will either be in the Dance Room or the Auxiliary Gym in the Jones Center or in the UC Annex, so it won’t be hard to find them.
Here you go:
Zumba – Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. (UC Annex)
I have never taken a Zumba class before and my coordination hasn’t changed much since junior high. So, I am a true beginner here. It was GREAT! My favorite parts? The instructor is top-notch. She’s friendly, patient, kind and enthusiastic – but not one of those too-cheerful-to-be-making-me-workout instructors of 80s/90s step aerobics. (Yes, that’s the last time I participated in a dance-related workout. I was 2. Ahem.) My other favorite part? The camaraderie of the group. We were truly in it together – all levels / ages, students, faculty and staff. We encouraged each other, laughed and clapped and even let out a “Woo Woo” or two (as appropriate). One thing – I wore my running shoes and they had a little too much traction. You might consider comfortable shoes with a more worn sole.
Body Blast – Mondays at 5:15 p.m. (Auxiliary Gym)
This was my first Boot Camp class and I really liked it. There was a good mix of faculty, staff, and students. It was about ½ female and ½ male, and we were at all different fitness levels. I had pictured the instructor yelling at us to do “One more pushup, weakling!” but, I was wrong again. The instructor is great. He is organized, energetic, and helps ensure that each person is doing the exercises correctly. The class starts with some warm-up cardio, and the majority of the time is spent working through a circuit training. This week’s class included weights, crunches, push-ups, and squats. I won’t lie, it was tough, but in a good way. You can definitely customize it to your own fitness level. There are modifications to all of the exercises.
Yoga – Tuesdays and Fridays at 12:15 (Auxiliary Gym and Dance Room Respectively)
I have taken yoga classes before, so this is not a beginner’s review. But, this class is appropriate for any fitness level. The nature of any yoga class allows for making it your own. You won’t be pushed to go beyond what you feel comfortable doing, and there are modifications for every pose. The instructor great - very knowledgeable, kind, and confident. She even incorporated some Pilates-related poses to our class. There was a good mix of students, faculty, and staff. There were mostly women, but a few men joined us. Many wonder what to wear to a yoga class. Generally shorts or stretchy pants are fine, along with a slightly fitted shirt. Most people go barefoot. A mat is supplied for you, or you can bring your own.
There you have it. We are fortunate to be able to take these outstanding classes – at no cost to us! I hope this information will help you decide which class(es) are right for you. I plan on continuing with all of the ones I tried. I hope to see you there!
Kristen Anderson, Chair, UNCP HEALTH Committee