Wellness Center group exercise classes receive positive response
Waxahachie, Texas – April 5, 2012 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University's (SAGU) Garrison Wellness Center offers a variety of fitness classes. Overall attendance at the Wellness Center has increased since the addition of fitness classes.
Garrison Wellness Center Director Kelli Hill has experience in teaching group exercises classes. "If it’s not fun, most of us won’t do it, so group exercise classes make working out enjoyable,” she said.
SAGU student Kasey Stigen said, “Attending the group classes gives variety to my work out routine. I used to get bored doing the same exercises every day. The classes really challenge you, and the instructors encourage people with all levels of experience and ability.”
Classes are designed to target specific areas of physical health, such as cardio, strength and flexibility. Classes are offered Monday-Friday in the morning, afternoon and evening. A 10 a.m. class on Saturdays is also available.
Stretch & Strength focuses on posture and breathing while building strength, stamina, flexibility and balance. Stigen said, "Since I have begun attending Stretch & Strength I have noticed that I am more flexible and have better posture.”
Introduced this semester, Hi & Lo Cardio is a women’s-only high intensity music aerobics class. SAGU student Sarah Neyland shared, “Hi & Lo Cardio is very intense, but also fun! I don’t realize how hard I am working until the next day when I’m sore.”
Hi & Low Cardio is already is the highest-attended class, averaging between 60 and 70 women per class. Hill, the class instructor, said, “Women love to do things together. This is one of the reasons so many women are drawn to this class. I see and hear the women laughing and having a good time.”
Spin class is a cardiovascular workout that consists of cycling drills. The Power Up/Power Walk class focuses on cardio and strength-building by rotating walking and strength drills. Morning Madness, Bootcamp and Morning Insanity classes build cardio an strength through step exercises. The H20 Fitness is a low/no impact alternative for building strength, endurance and tone.
Wellness Center attendance has increased due to the classes. “We are averaging 50 to 100 more people a day than this time last Spring,” says Hill. “This is largely due to the group exercise classes. Students who did not previously utilize the facility have been drawn to the classes.”
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.