Ladies night at the gym

UREC offers classes tallored for Women's health

By Eunice Tibay
On November 16, 2017

Photos by Keeli Ebben

University Recreation hosted female students for the first Ladies Night of Fitness Nov. 15 at the Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance.

"Women empower women," Cara Rosman, sophomore, said. "You see everyone encouraging each other. You see strangers encouraging strangers, and everyone’s been so well together. The instructors are super passionate so it was just great to see that."

Jodi Jackson, Assistant Director of Fitness, said the event was about celebrating women and their bodies and creating confidence.

"A lot of misconceptions as far as working out is: if you lift weights as a woman, you’re going to get really bulky and look like a man but that’s totally not true," Jackson said. "It just brings a lot to just celebrating women and celebrating our bodies and confidence and how beautiful we already are."

She also noted how the program aims to be welcoming to all women regardless of their fitness level.

"Everybody has to start somewhere," Jackson said.

Over the course of the program, four fitness classes were held: cardio kickboxing, hip hop fitness, guts and glutes and relaxation yoga.

Hip hop fitness was led by Jen Ramos, who was the special guest for the evening.

Arianna Gonzalez, senior, said she believes that being healthy and having a well-balanced diet and exercise are important, especially as college students.

"It kind of keeps me away from thinking about nursing school," Mayra Villarreal, junior, said. "It’s a little bit of a stress-relief."

Furthermore, Jackson mentioned she is hopeful that they will have more sessions like the program to come.

"Since it is very first year we hope to continue to do it every year so that’s our goal," Jackson said.

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