With the start of the new semester, the REC has brought back group fit classes and is offering brand new classes for students to participate in.
Adam Myers, associate athletic director, said group fit classes have been around for a long time.
“We’ve actually had group fitness classes here for a long time,” he said. “Last semester, we just didn’t have really very many.”
The group fit classes are student-led classes that are free to all students and only last for about
an hour each week.
Myers said that the classes are small and are a great way for students to get introduced to group
“I think in the smaller group, it’s not as scary sometimes to participate,” he said. “So, it’s a great way to kind of get introduced to group fitness.”
Samantha Wilson, a sophomore teaching dance, said that the group fit classes have made a big impact on her life and relationships at IWU.
“I think it’s definitely like expanded my community of people that I know and people that I’ve been able to grow closer with, as well as just my love for dance and remembering like why I started doing it in the first place,” she said.
Wilson said that students who are interested in teaching a class shouldn’t be discouraged or worry about low numbers of participants.
“Participation is not something that’s like super high around campus,” she said. “So tell your friends about it and don’t be discouraged if you have low numbers or you know, people don’t show up,” she said.
Carissa Cook, a sophomore teaching pilates and jump rope classes, said she really enjoys the group fit classes.
“They’ve been really amazing so far,” she said. “I have been very passionate about fitness for a while, so I thought that would be something fun to do.”
Cook said that her class is currently set up as a group exercise class with different workouts and
“I currently have it set up where I’ll make a list of exercises I want to do and then I’ll set up a certain time amount of time I want to do them or I’ll set up a certain number of reps,” she said.
Students who are interested in joining a class, teaching a class or even have class suggestions can
email Myers and Cook.