Center for Human Performance hosts classes

UREC offers variety of free fitness programs

By Patrick Fleming
On March 2, 2017

Photo by Rebekah Worthham
Students participate in the University Recreation Crucible. The Crucible had in total 90 minutes of workout, testing flexibility, agility, strength and endurance.

The University Recreation branch is currently hosting the Ram-X Fitness Classes which consist of 14 different classes.

These classes vary in difficulty, such as relaxation yoga that focuses on giving students a more peaceful environment and others like High Intensity Interval Training, or H.I.I.T., which provides students with a difficult workout.

For some, it can be a way of cooling down after a stressful day of classes.

"I’ve done some before but I like this one because it’s more relaxing," Ashey Perales junior said, about Relaxation Yoga. "[After] work, after school, it’s nice to just come and unwind, do yoga with friends and not think about school and stress."

The Ram-X has been dedicated to helping students maintain a healthy lifestyle since 2003.

Starting with four to six classes each week, the organization has grown to include 20 to 22 different classes each week, including rock-wall-climbing, which was started this semester and has received positive student feedback.

These classes are taught by a group of teachers hired by the UREC. They receive training from UREC.

"[The students] get really involved," Trent Copeland, H.I.I.T. trainer, said. "The first couple of classes, they struggle a bit, but steadily start to see improvement. I love it. It’s a lot of fun, probably one of my favorite classes actually."

Even classes with a dedication to a difficult workout like this one have people of all physical types eased into the process so no one accidentally gets hurt or finds themselves overwhelmed with the experience.

The classes take place each week from Monday to Friday with most of them taking place in either the late afternoon or early in the night. This is to ensure that these classes avoid taking place at the same time as most students’ classes.

"I believe all of the classes are so different that if I were to attend any of them, I would definitely receive a good workout," Jodi Jackson, assistant director of fitness for UREC. "I’m so passionate about health and fitness that I love to teach my new instructors every class so they will be well rounded in their teaching."

These classes take place in the Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance building on campus and are open to all students at ASU.

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