The student becomes the teacher

Spin class bikes located on the second floor of the Bowers Center.

Elizabethtown, Pa. – At the beginning of the 2019 fall semester, Elizabethtown College students began attending and leading fitness classes at the newly constructed Bowers Center.

A wide variety of group fitness classes are offered every week that accommodate different fitness needs. These classes include body weight workouts, core conditioning, running techniques, Tabata, HIIT, pound, spinning, Zumba and yoga.

Fitness sessions last for 30 to 60 minutes. If interested, one can sign up through https://www.etown.edu/bowers-center/group-fitness/schedule.aspx to see a full schedule of available classes. Anyone can reserve a spot in a fitness class up to a week in advance.

If an individual is looking for high-intensity workouts, they should check out student-led classes such as Full Body Tabata, Group Fit HIIT, Spin and Escape Move It.

The Tabata method alternates between 20 seconds of maximum effort movement and 10 seconds of rest. This is repeated eight times to create an exhausting full body workout.

HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is a mode of training where participants work hard for intense bursts of exercise followed by short recovery periods. The goal of this workout is to keep the heart rate up to burn more fat in a shorter period of time.

Move It provides a high intensity functional training program that engages members of every fitness level. The class is created to achieve maximal post exercise benefits of HIIT training.

Anajulia Blanch, Group Fitness Coordinator and Instructor, teaches Move It and wants everyone to explore every fitness class offered.

“I totally encourage people to try something new when it comes to their fitness journey, so you don’t conform to one way of fitness,” Blanch said. “I love seeing people push themselves. It takes a lot of courage to try something new, so seeing them mold into a new fitness style and to see them feel accomplished after getting a move right is very rewarding.”

Spin class is a high intensity cycling workout that uses stationary bikes. This class focuses on endurance, strength and high intensity intervals.

If anyone wants to enhance their strength and flexibility, they can register for Pilates or yoga.

Pilates focuses on controlling one’s movements in order to increase flexibility and gain strength.

Emily Spangler, Pilates fitness instructor, notes that the class is mostly focused on stretching and strengthening one’s body.

“It’s not super high impact, but you’re still getting a full body  workout and feel good when you’re done,” Spangler said.

Yoga classes focus on body alignment and implement relaxation techniques to increase awareness of the body and healthy movement.

Cassidy Dunn, sophomore at Elizabethtown College, has taken many of the above classes and highlights the best parts of being involved in fitness classes.

“I love being able to exercise with friends and meet new people through the new classes,” Dunn said.

To find out more information, ask questions or clarify any concerns, contact fitness@etown.edu.

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