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Find ways to get in shape this fall with Fitness/Wellness

By Scott Pauley

Argofitness step class in full swing.

Argofitness step class in full swing.

If you’re looking for a little motivation to get into the gym and shed a few pounds this fall, the staff of Fitness/Wellness suggest you check out some of the fitness programs that UWF offers  this fall.

Here are some programs that can help you stay on track and keep you motivated to work out with the group fitness classes.

Fit 5-0

Attend 50 group fitness classes throughout the fall semester and be entered into a raffle at the end of the semester to have the chance to win a fitness prize pack that includes fitness wear, fitness equipment and other prizes. To participate, students need to go to the front desk to receive their 5-0 card and have the class instructor initial after every class. Prizes can be earned after completing 15, 30 and 50 group fitness classes.

The A.C.E. /G.F.I.T course

If you’ve ever wanted to become a group fitness instructor and teach classes on campus or off, then this is the course you have been waiting for. The course runs Sept. 9 – Nov. 25 and will prepare you for the certification test offered on campus. The course costs $125 for students and $175 for non-students.

If you prefer to work out on your own schedule, or if you’re just trying to prove that you can best Lou Ferrigno in a battle of fisticuffs, then you might want to check out some of these other fitness programs the Fitness/Wellness  staff are offering this fall.

ArgoFit

ArgoFit is a program aimed at encouraging students to maintain a steady schedule of at least three to four workouts a week. Simply sign up and record each workout at the front desk from Aug. 26 – Nov. 27, limited to one workout a day. Prizes are available after completing 30, 40 and 50 workouts and include a T-Shirt that can only be earned by completing the full 50 workouts challenge.

Johnson

Johnson

“You can’t buy them; you can’t buy your way into this,” Nate Johnson, graduate assistant in Fitness/Wellness said. “This is paid for in sweat and effort.”

Argo Weight Club

Do you even lift bro? Come to the fitness center and try to achieve the goal of 400, 800 or 1200 pounds of weight in the bench press, deadlift and squat lifts in the presence of a fitness center staff member and earn a UWF shirt to commemorate your accomplishments. The lifts can be attempted up to three times in the semester, but no more than once per week, by coming to the fitness center and asking a staff member to evaluate your lifts.

Johnson also recommends looking online at the Fitness/Wellness site and checking out the personal trainers available for the fall semester. They offer several options to assist you in attaining your goals in whatever fitness style you desire.

For questions regarding the fitness programs, contact the Fitness/Wellness office at 850-474-2815.

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Pensacola offers fitness opportunities while gym is closed

Jessica Graham, a freshman environmental studies major at the University of West Florida, reached the front door of the UWF gym.  She pushed open the door and let the autumn air hit her face, which was still warm from her recent workout.

The arrival of the fall season meant that classes are ending, and that more time would be available to dedicate to exercising and staying in shape.

Of course, the end of the semester also means that the UWF gym will be closing its doors from Dec. 10 till Jan. 8.

Although that fact will change Graham’s workout routine, she said she wasn’t too worried about having time away from the gym.

“I’ll ride my bike around,” Graham said. “I don’t think the closing will affect my daily workout too much as long as I have my bike.”

During the holidays, when eating and relaxing are part of the festivities, Graham said it’s important not to forget about working out.

“I think students should just stay active in any way they can,” Graham said. “Anything will help.”

Tara Rietz is a sophomore psychology major who works part time at the gym.

Like Graham, Rietz also has a few tricks to stay in shape over the holidays.

“I would suggest running in the morning,” Rietz said. “It will be worth it.”

Although Graham and Rietz both said that having a gym is not necessary for them to work out, other students may feel that the gym helps hold them accountable.

Students interested in joining a local gym during the holidays might want to consider Anytime Fitness, located at 1095 Nine Mile Road.

“We do a one-month pass for $35,” Chris Havens, a worker at Anytime Fitness, said. “We also do a week pass for $22 and a day pass for $7.”

Anytime Fitness has numerous types of equipment to work out on, but it does not offer any of the basic classes found at the UWF facilities.

“The only class we offer is TRH training,” said Havens. “It’s a stretching exercise that was developed by a former naval officer and a former Marine. We get great responses from the people who take it.”

While this holiday break comes after a long, hard semester, it is important not to get lost in all the festivities and to find some type of release for all the stored-up energy.

Keeping a workout routine and nutritious diet  may help keep your weight down, your energy level up and give you a jump-start on that New Year’s resolution to exercise more when school starts back.

Christie McClung
Staff Writer 

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