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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 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.



“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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Busy HLS Facility provides opportunities for students

Whether it’s a small group of freshmen girls walking on treadmills or University of West Florida baseball players finishing a workout, a variety of UWF students use the Health, Leisure, and Sports Facility.

From June 30, 2010 to July 1, 2011,
191,624 students used the facility.

During the same period, 22,379 faculty and
13,880 guests also used the gym.

That is a total of 227,883.

Despite these numbers, overcrowding does not seem to be a problem.

Junior Gabriela Emond said she had never had a problem finding a machine.

“If a class gets full, I have heard of the staff telling students to come back later,” she said, “but that has never happened to me.”

It’s no wonder that the gym attracts so many people, considering all the unique opportunities it presents. These include Zumba classes, a rock climbing wall, and a paintball club.

“I have always been active,” senior Steven Simmons said.

Simmons said the paintball club was one of the many reasons he worked out.

Although the gym numbers have been soaring, some students said it was difficult to find time to exercise.

“I have a lighter schedule this semester,” Emond said, “but with working and school, it can be tough.”

Emond said the group fitness classes worked well with his schedule and held him accountable. “Once you start to get to know the people in the class and the instructor, they notice when you are not there,” he said.

The newly opened  Aquatics Center also provides students with new opportunities.

Those opportunities include swim lessons, pool parties, scuba sessions, and kayak roll sessions.

The gym is free to all students, faculty, and staff. Each member can pay for two guests a day for $5 each.

Christie McClung
Staff Writer


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