Students try group fitness classes on a journey to activity

Students try group fitness classes on a journey to activity

Pushing their limits, students in a 7-hour Cycle and Shred class tear their hearts out. Class instructor, freshman Brooke Carter, created a cycling circuit for the first 20 minutes of class and off-bike training for the rest of the time. Photos by Mary Caulfield

Pepperdine students often exercise at Firestone Fieldhouse Weight Roomon the track and in the Towers gymnasium and Beachfront fitness center. What some students are not fully aware of are On-campus recreationit’s Group fitness classes.

Campus Recreation aimed to publicize these group fitness classes by holding 15-20 minute classes at Mullin Town Square on February 17. Beyond the presentation, the instructors and students of the classes gave an overview of what Group fitness classes are.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to meet new people, get some exercise, and start your day productively,” said freshman instructor Brooke Carter. “I feel like there aren’t enough people taking advantage of what we have, especially because it’s free.”

Freshman Hailey Emmons said that as of fall 2021, Campus Recreation has changed its schedule, staff and fees to classes that are more student-friendly. $75 cost is now free membership.

“I was hoping more people would come,” Emmons said. “It’s really fun to do it with a lot of people and not just suffer alone.”

Now that more instructors and classes are available, Emmons said students can exercise in different ways to suit their minds and bodies.

“If I’m in pain, I want a yoga class, and Summer Xia is good with her yoga class, Yin Yang Yoga,” Emmons said. “[In spin class] Mikayla de la Flore does a dance trick [with] more arm and take off. Then circuit [training is] really fun because you’re doing a lot of different things and just working against yourself.

Students hold their hands in the center of the heart in
Students hold their hands in the center of the heart in the “Namaste” position in the cage. During this Rise and Rest yoga class, students stretch and adopt the basic techniques of yoga.

When freshman Gabby Johnson’s alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. so she can get to spinning class at 6 a.m., she says her first instinct is to text her roommate. Johnson said responsibility helps her get up in the morning and stay consistent. But, the responsibility does not stop when you arrive at class.

“I love working with other people — like a little community that holds you accountable and makes me want to work harder,” Johnson said.

First-year Daniela Sandoval said she was just beginning to explore the different classes and loves taking time to be active and find a positive mindset.

“For me, I don’t train at all, so it’s just taking the time to come here,” Sandoval said. “Also finding a balance and being okay with not being able to weigh as much as others because you’re just getting started. It’s just motivating and inspiring to take time out of your days and try to ‘to be active.

Freshman Melia Wade said exercising for the first time can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re not a “gym person.” Wade said she found the classes helped her get started exercise trip.

“[The classes] help me stay active, make me manage my time better and hold me accountable,” Wade said. “I’m not really a gym person. I respect and commend those who are, but I’m just not. So I think a course is more structured, and I need that.

Students new to the class aren’t the only ones who get nervous about their first experiences in group lessons — Carter said she laughs thinking back to her first time teaching a 5:30 rotation class on Zoom.

“It all turned out completely the opposite of what I wanted,” Carter said. “I would forget to say what exercise was coming next and I would forget to turn up the music. But now, looking back, I’m still joking about my first lesson.

Emmons, Johnson, Sandoval, Wade and Carter have all said their advice to students about to go to class is: give it a try.

“Just showing up is half the battle, so try it, and if you don’t like it, at least you can say you tried it, and if it’s just not for you, then find something else,” Wade said.


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