A variety of free fitness classes will be offered this semester in the Hart building starting Jan. 17.
Lisa Robison, the advisor for Wellness Activities, said that approximately 60 percent of those at BYU-Idaho are not aware that free fitness classes are offered.
“I find that the Fitness Center can be boring,” Robison said. “It can be busy. But when you break off into some kind of fitness class, the energy from everybody around you helps you to work harder and to push yourself.”
Classes such as yoga, Abs That Rock, cycling, Zumba and prenatal yoga will be offered this semester.
Sarah Barrowes, a senior studying exercise physiology and the instructor coordinator for this semester, has been involved with the program for 11 semesters.
“It gives students a stress relief from classes,” Barrowes said.
Barrowes said participants might be more motivated to work out with other people around than by themselves.
Robison said the environment of the classes and the fact that they are offered for free make them stand out from classes offered at other universities.
“We want everyone to know that they can work at their own level in any class,” Robison said. “We want everyone to feel comfortable in the environment.”
Participants can work at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
All participants are required to wear BYU-I approved workout clothing.
“It’s not a fashion show,” Robison said. “We’re all in the same clothing. In a fitness class there is nobody standing out.”
Robison said the instructors try to invite the spirit by closing with a thought or a tip of the day.
The goal of the fitness classes, Robison said, is to help students meet new friends and develop spiritual, mental and physical health.
Barrowes said fitness classes are a great way to get out of the apartment and not think about schoolwork for an hour.
“Try it out,” Robison said. “Try every class, and just come see what you love. You might find that it is something you can do for the rest of your life.”