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Group exercise at the SERC: keeping fitness fresh

by Shelby Toth
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 09:00 pm
Most people are aware of the SERC's zumba program, but there are many other programs for group fitness that the SERC offers to students, faculty, alumni and the Brockport community. Student instructors are certified to teach the wide range of programs offered by Campus Recreation.
Most people are aware of the SERC's zumba program, but there are many other programs for group fitness that the SERC offers to students, faculty, alumni and the Brockport community. Student instructors are certified to teach the wide range of programs offered by Campus Recreation.

A group of hidden gems here at The College at Brockport are the group exercise classes offered at the SERC. While convincing yourself to exercise is a task in itself, the classes offered by Campus Recreation are a fun alternative that are able to get every participant moving, and is ideal for people who don’t know how to shape their own workout when at the gym. According to the Campus Recreation app, an emphasis is placed on “fun, safety and wellness.” There are a multitude of different classes offered, including zumba, BodyPump, bootcamp, cycling, yoga and more. The classes boast fully certified group exercise leaders, all of whom lead and guide every class.

While many know of zumba, the popular fitness dance-based workout, cycling and yoga, but BodyPump and bootcamp are lesser known. BodyPump is a barbell-based class that challenges all major muscle groups through various drills. Bootcamp utilizes calisthenics, free weights, plyometrics and multiple other types of equipment in order to improve cardiovascular and muscular fitness. Other classes offered include Butts & Guts, H.I.I.T, PiYo and Total Tone, among a few others. 

“The BodyPump is really intense,” freshman Julia Riehl said. “It was a lot of fun, the instructor had a lot of energy and the music was good.”

Riehl also attended a bootcamp class Campus Recreation offered. 

“I liked this one a lot… you could adjust the exercises to make it more fun for and adjust to your own fitness level,” Riehl said. 

Of course, zumba is still one of the most popular classes offered. Many bring their friends along to the class in order to have fun while getting a workout at the same time. According to Jacqueline Southwell, student supervisor of group exercise, zumba is also the class that many participants are interested in getting certified to lead after attending. Bodypump also happens to be a class many participants look to get certified in.

According to the group exercise website, the classes are available for people of all fitness levels, and the instructors are able to adjust certain exercises and moves to best fit someone’s abilities.

“People at all fitness levels are encouraged to join our classes! Our instructors explain the goals of each class and provide demonstrations of the different exercises so everyone feels comfortable and safe when participating.” Southwell said. “We motivate each other and work together to finish the classes strong!”

Courtney Sherwin, who works as a SERC manager, also assured that the instructors were up to the task of leading classes.

“The instructors make the classes really fun and enjoyable!” Sherwin said. “All the instructors are students that have been certified to teach so there is no outside instructors.”

While many people shy away from taking time to exercise for a variety of reasons, including large amounts of work and general laziness, Southwell encourages everyone to attend classes. 

“Our one hour classes allow you to give your mind a break from the stress of busy schedules and academics,” Southwell said. “It is extremely important to have a holistic approach to health and wellness, and living a balanced lifestyle is key!”

All classes are free for enrolled students and $6 per class for others. A 10-class punch card may be purchased with rates varying, depending on faculty, alumni or community member status. Classes are offered at times ranging from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. You can find schedules posted all around campus or online on the group exercise webpage. All classes are held in the SERC. Everyone is welcome to show up, but it’s advised to get there early; some of the classes have limits due to the amount of equipment available, such as BodyPump.

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