Fitness classes: opportunities to stay fit

Kaylee Rex

Managing Editor

If you aren’t a fan of mundane gym routines like jogging around the track or using weight machines, the gym offers other options to help you get in shape. From Taekwondo to Boot Camp to Kickboxing, there are plenty of diverse opportunities to get your body moving.

Most classes are taught by students. Brooke Clouse, a senior, teaches two sessions of yoga a week. According to Clouse, about thirty students attend her class, but she encourages beginners not to be intimidated by that number. “My class is a place with no judgement,” says Clouse. Everyone is so busy focusing on their own form and mindset that they won’t notice if you can’t touch your toes or perfect a pose. Clouse also likes to focus more on stress relief practices rather than physical intensity. She likes to keep a nice combination of core and meditation.


Mary Cummins also teaches yoga at the fitness center. Her class focuses on a series of poses that are similar week to week. Her class starts slow but then gradually builds until the students are warmed up. At the end of the class, she finishes with deeper stretches and restorative poses. Cummins is passionate about teaching her class. “I personally have gained so much strength – emotional and physical – from it. I have been practicing consistently for about 5 years and felt ready to share what I have discovered with students,” she shares.

Felicia Swift instructs the spin class offered by the gym. She usually runs through a high intensity routine made up of a warm up, sprints, hill climbs, jumps in and out of the saddle, and a cool down while Swift plays motivational music to get the students into the workout. Swift has been taking spin classes for about 5 years and loves the intensity and energetic atmosphere that spin creates. Many people think of spin as dull since you are stationed on a bike for the entirety of the class, but Swift wants to assure first timers that spin allows for the students to adjust to each individuals needs while still having a fun workout.

The fitness center also offers an interesting spin on the classic bike class. Rhythmic spin instructor, Liana McMahon, likes to call her class “a dance party on a bike.” During her class, she instructs students to ride the bikes to the beat of the music by choreographing push-ups and tap-backs. McMahon enjoys teaching rhythmic spin because it is something different and not just a typical spin class. She tries to create a fun atmosphere so it doesn’t even feel like working out. She encourages new students, especially those who have spin written off as boring, to try out her class. “We ride in a dark room where 45 minutes is dedicated to you, yourself only. You get to commit 45 minutes to yourself and escape any stresses in life,” says McMahon.

(Credit to Kaylee Rex)