Rec Center Offers Classes for Healthy Start to Spring 2012

With the semester just starting students are already looking forward to Spring Break.

With the help of the Hansel E. Tookes Recreation Center, getting those bodies ripped and into shape will be easy.

A schedule will soon be available for classes such as Zumba, Sweat & Sculpt, Marine boot camp and core training classes for Rattlers. Additional classes like yoga and pinning may be offered this semester, as well.

Zumba and yoga are fitness classes that are very popular among students and others around the world. Zumba is a Latin music and danced based program that allows users to lose weight by applying simple steps from Salsa, Cumbia, Quebradita, Samba dances. Since its start in 2001, Zumba has domineered other dance fitness programs.

Laura Gault, a first-year nursing student from Tallahassee, Fla., and a work-study employee at the Recreation Center says students enjoy workout classes for many reasons.

“Students love signing up for fitness classes here at the Recreation Center because they can have fun, get a great workout and be motivated to push themselves harder physically than they would on their own,” said Gault.

Yoga is a spiritual, mental and physical practice, which originated in India, that aims to relax the body and mind , but it is enjoyed by many universally. It incorporates meditation along with stretching of the muscles.

“It unites my mind, body and soul,” explains Rupert Gamble, fourth-year from Ft. Lauderdale.

“It makes me calm and physically strong and gives me a positive outlook on life,” said Gamble.

If anyone is interested in the workout classes that will be offered in the Recreation Center this semester, classes are available Monday- Thursday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For further details, feel free to call 850-412-7281.