Options abound for employees looking to get in shape – WSU Insider

Options abound for employees looking to get in shape - WSU Insider

For faculty and staff on the Pullman campus who want to get more active, University Recreation (UREC) is ready to help.

Registrations are open for fitness session 2which provides many opportunities for faculty and staff to focus on aerobics and conditioning, wellness of mind and body, mobility and flexibility, and more.

UREC offers a variety of membership options for the Student Recreation Center (SRC) and the Chinook Student Center on the Pullman campus. the Noon fitness program was created with faculty and staff in mind and provides access to both SRC and Chinook between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., for $180 per year. Semester and summer subscriptions are also available.

“Whether you choose to join the midday fitness program or become a regular member, you have access to great facilities,” said Nick Prante, Assistant Director of the Student and Member Recreation Center. “We pride ourselves on providing a clean environment, well-maintained equipment and friendly staff.”

Building community through exercise

Whether it’s midday yoga, Body Pump or CrossFit, group fitness classes are popular among faculty and staff. Jessica Whitt, UREC’s assistant director for fitness and instruction, said all classes are designed to accommodate people of all fitness levels.

“Our fitness instructors have a lot of training in progressions and modifications,” she said. “They are ready to teach everyone, from those who rarely train to very fit athletes.”

Whitt said one of the benefits of exercising in a group is being able to feed off the energy of the room and get encouragement from classmates.

“You get to know other faculty, staff, and students in an environment where everyone is equal,” Whitt said. “It’s just a fun way to exercise and build community.”

Faculty and staff enjoy participating in intramural sports for many of the same reasons. Most play in teams with students, and there are four levels of competition available depending on one’s experience in the sport. Session 2 league sports include volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, dodgeball, and badminton; the deadline to register is March 23.

For those who prefer more intimate fitness options, UREC offers small groups and personal training. UREC personal trainers are nationally certified and can help individuals increase strength, improve cardiovascular endurance and speed, and safely lose weight if that’s a goal.

Improve your swimming

On the Pullman Campus, gym membership includes access to the SRC Pool (currently closed for maintenance), Smith Pool, and Gibb Pool. Swimmers can train individually or, from the first time this semester, join UREC American Masters Swim Club. The club is designed for adults who enjoy a team atmosphere and want to improve their swimming skills.

Jared Lindorfer, UREC’s aquatic education and safety coordinator, said most attendees are recreational swimmers, but coaches will work with those who want to swim competitively at US-sanctioned events. Masters.

“Our coaches are experienced in competition and are good at teaching new techniques and helping swimmers improve their personal bests,” Lindorfer said. “Our group is small enough to be able to tailor workouts to help swimmers achieve their individual goals, whether it’s improving a specific swimming style, training for a triathlon, or swimming longer and longer. strong.”

Fitness throughout the system

Fitness options for faculty and staff vary at other WSU campuses. Those at WSU Everett can access the nearby Everett Community College Fitness Center at a discounted rate. At WSU Vancouver, faculty and staff can use the on-campus fitness center and participate in fitness classes and challenges for free.

Marci Haynes, a staff member at WSU Vancouver Fitness Center, said the fitness challenges include exercises anyone can try and are designed to get more people active.

WSU Spokane faculty and staff can participate in several virtual wellness programs through the Well-being collaborationand WSU Tri-Cities Fitness Center hopes to offer Zumba and yoga classes to faculty and staff in the fall.