Getting fit on campus

Diane Gallagher
Features Writer

Looking for a way to improve your mood? In need of more energy? Look no further than the Student Memorial Center (SMC) Fitness Center to fix your problems.
Simply saying, “Exercise is good for you,” would be cliché. Instead let’s say that the benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are impossible to ignore, and the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking at the SMC Fitness Center.
The Fitness Center is a top-of-the-line facility that offers a variety of workout equipment which includes cardiovascular machines, weight training machines, and free weights.

The spin class offered at the Fitness Center can enhance cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength.

The spin class offered at the Fitness Center can enhance cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength.

Not interested in using workout equipment? There is also an indoor track, basketball courts, and an area for indoor soccer or hockey.
Also offered is a selection of group fitness classes. Fitness classes are all run by certified students.
The group fitness classes offered this semester are:
• Boot Camp: A total body workout, designed to get your heart pumping and build endurance and strength. This class can be adapted for any fitness level or ability.
• Zumba: This workout combines upbeat Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create an energetic fitness program.
• Aqua Zumba: A class integrating the Zumba philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines. It includes cardio and toning.
• Yoga: A great mental and physical workout great for toning your body and easing your mind. This is a suitable class for beginners as well as yoga regulars.
• Pilates: Focuses on building strength and long, lean muscles. The exercises are designed to challenge your muscles during controlled movements in combination with correct form.
• Core n’ More: A moderately paced but intense fitness class that focuses on strengthening and toning the core through a combination of cardio, strength training, and mat work.
• Spin: A high-intensity stationary bike workout that enhances cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength.
• Bike n’ Buff/Core: This one hour class combines spin with either full body toning or core exercises. A great way to combine your cardio and strength training.
• Turbo Kick: A workout that burns calories by combining kickboxing and simple dance moves.
• Gorilla Drills: A one hour class that is designed to build strength, power, and endurance. A majority of the class work will be striking and ground work, polymetrics, and body/free weight training.
Other services offered are personal training and equipment rental, free with membership.
Rebecca Roman said that she and the volleyball team have participated in group fitness classes, sharing that, “As a team we went to Zumba and boot camp classes; some of my teammates have gone to other classes like biking and yoga. I feel that they are a pretty good workout if you do them right.”
Still not sure if you want to work out? Maybe these health benefits of regular exercise may change your mind:
• Let’s start off with the most obvious benefit—exercise helps to control or maintain weight.
• Regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, and arthritis, to name a few.
• Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.
• Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily responsibilities.
• Working out also helps you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. However, exercising too close to bedtime may cause you to be too energized to fall asleep.
The SMC Fitness Center is open Sunday 10 am to midnight, Monday through Thursday from 6 am to midnight, Friday 6 am to 7 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. Check the website http://www.mufitnesscenter.com for day and time of group fitness classes.