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Staying in Shape on Campus

Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012

USU students exercising

The Nelson Fieldhouse houses Crossfit, a strength and conditioning program. The classes are held in the Fieldhouse, Monday to Thursday. Delayne Locke photo from the Statesman online)

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Staying in Shape on Campus

By Staff Writer Cale Patterson, The Utah Statesman, Tuesday, September 18, 2012

With summer ending and the weather getting colder, many students are heading indoors for recreation. USU provides several programs to help students meet their fitness needs, including CrossFit, Fun, Fit, Forever and intramural sports.

Many students participate in CrossFit, which is a strength and conditioning program whose goal is to deliver a broad and general fitness experience that is also non-specific. From tire-throwing and rope climbing to stair climbing and swimming workouts, the program implements several exercises designed to increase the fitness level of the participant, ­regardless of their level of experience.

“It’s a different workout every day, so it’s nice and fun and different,” said Aubrie Tilley, a junior majoring in pre-nursing. “I like the structure and the consistency. Anyone can do it, too. There are gym-rats and beginners and it gives both a workout.”

Many Aggies in the CrossFit program also experience a sense of camaraderie as they participate, which can lead to increased motivation and satisfaction.

“I hate it, but I love it.” said Tilley. “It’s really hard, but then I want to go every day because I survived. I know that my little CrossFit family will be there too so it motivates me to go as well.”

“I love how we’re all like a family and everyone supports each other to reach their fitness goals,” said Lindsey Ames, a junior majoring in international agricultural business. “It kicks your trash, but the trainers are also super encouraging and make sure you’re being safe. I like that it’s challenging though. I don’t feel like I just wasted an hour at the gym.”

CrossFit classes are held in the Fieldhouse Monday through Thursday with class sessions at 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. The cost for students is $65 per semester.

Fun, Fit, Forever is a program that offers a wide range of activities, all covered with one $30 fee. Students can participate in a number of classes such as spinning, yoga, zumba, water aerobics, kickboxing and power sculpting. Most classes are offered several times in intervals throughout the day. The earliest classes are offered at 6:30 a.m. with the latest ones starting at 7:30 p.m.

“My favorite part about the Fun, Fit Forever program is the scheduling,” said Shalayna Guisao, a junior majoring in vocal performance. “It’s flexible and works around my schedule. It’s great because if I have time between my regular classes, I can work out if I want to.”

The yoga class is a stretching, toning and balance class also meant to test and increase strength and endurance.

Guisao has been participating in several classes offered through Fun, Fit, Forever. She said yoga is relaxing.

“It’s a balance of working out and releasing stress from classes,” she said. “I think that it’s awesome. It gives you a variety of a workout. It makes you look at movement in a different way.”

Water aerobics combines similar techniques used in running, walking, doing jumping jacks or even cross country skiing. It offers a non-impacts workout coupled with high resistance.

“Do not underestimate water aerobics,” Guisao said. “It’s intense but fun. It’s like a battle with the water, but every day you end up winning. Even though you feel like Jello when you get out of the water, you also feel like you accomplished something. The trainers are also really motivational and help you to push yourself.”

Guisao said her favorite program is Zumba, an aerobic dance routine originating from Columbia. The class is described as being designed to make exercise fun.

“The other day the instructor turned out the lights and turned on a strobe light for class, so it just felt like you were at a dance party,” Guisao said. “It’s intense but fun. It doesn’t even feel like you are working out. There are also no judgments –– anyone can come.”

The spinning classes are designed to give intense cardiovascular workouts, and the power sculpting classes are more for muscle toning.

There are also many intramural sports offered for fall, including flag football, soccer, volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball, soccer, dodgeball and tennis.

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