Cardio-Pump-It is a fitness class with a combination of different dance styles.
It is offered Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. and Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in the John W. Hart Building in room 141.
Cardio is a non-stop workout designed to keep heart rates elevated and has many benefits, including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and improving muscular endurance, according to the Straight Health Web page.
Heidi Gielisch, a senior studying exercise physiology, is the instructor for Cardio-Pump-It and created the class.
She said she used to work for the Wellness Center, but has now switched over to Fitness Activities.
“I wanted to get involved again,” said Gielisch.
Gielisch said she switched over because she wants to go into teaching fitness classes after she graduates.
“I wanted to get practical experience,” Gielisch said.
The best way for people to do cardio is to do something that they love and that will keep them moving for a long period of time, according to the Straight Health Web page.
“I made the class,” Gielisch said. “I always try to make the most of it.”
Gielisch is also studying some different techniques in dance, which she implements into her class weekly.
Gielisch said she mostly does ballroom dance, but wanted to learn something different, so she is also taking a jazz class.
Gielisch said it is easier to do ballroom dancing because most of the pop songs now have four counts.
“You have four beats to every dance step, so it [makes] it easier for beginners,” Gielisch said.
This is why she puts dance moves like the cha-cha, rumba and other dances into her routines for the class.
“I just teach the basics,” Gielisch said.
She said she likes to do the beginning dance steps from the other dances on campus, like Latin dancing and ballroom, which are good advertisements for those activities.
After her classes, Gielisch always lets the people attending know when the next dancing event, like Latin or ballroom, will take place.
“I try to implement what I learn every week into my class,” Gielisch said. “It’s different every time and always [has] high energy.”
For more information on fitness classes offered on campus, students can visit BYU-Idaho’s fitness class schedule online at www. byui.edu/activities/wellness.
“It’s almost the end of the semester, so come and have fun,” Gielisch said.