Students seeking to break a sweat can look into spin classes from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays or from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, said Kathleen Hibbs, fitness instructor.
With the $35 purchase of a campus recreation group fitness pass, students can use the spin facilities for the rest of the semester, Hibbs said.
While spin classes may come off as intense, she said, students shouldn’t be intimidated by the idea.
“[Spinning] is high-intensity cardio … But the thing about it is, you can do your own workout,” Hibbs said.
“You don’t have to do it as hard as I make it.
“It’s like riding a bike out on the road, but we actually make it harder because it’s such a short period of time.”
Unlike riding on the road, she said, spin classes motivate a sense of urgency rather than a leisurely bike ride.
Hibbs said the stationary bikes have resistance adjusters so class participants can challenge themselves.
“It’s a lot of work — mainly leg work and core,” she said.
Hibbs said she likes to keep her classes interesting.
Depending on the day, classs can implement exer-cises to promote weight loss, strength training and overall cardiovascular health through interval and resistance training, she said.
“[Classes are] very fast — only 40 minutes,” she said.
“By the time we cool down and warm up, it ends up being a 30-minute class.”
English major Shamra Tracy said she’s pleased with the overall health benefits she has derived from taking up spin classes.
“I’ve lost 10 pounds since I started,” she said.
Hibbs said class sizes tend to be small with about three or four people attending her spin classes at noon.
Hibbs said afternoon classes typically have four to seven people in attendance.
For more information, call the Campus Recreation office at 405-682-7860.