One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is getting in shape, and with the new year kicking into gear, students are wondering how to keep that resolution.
Fortunately, the solution is right here on campus.
The Wellness Center, located just south of the Main Dining area on campus, offers several fitness classes open to OCCC students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community, said Marlene Shugart, Health and Fitness Specialist.
Classes meet whenever the college is open, and are in full swing now that the campus has reopened, she said.
Some new classes being offered are the Spin Express class, a 40-minute cycling class being offered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in room 1C1B, and a Theatrical Dance class meeting on Monday and Wednesday afternoons in the Group Fitness room.
Shugart said the three most popular classes are the Spin, Zumba, and Total Body Workout classes.
The regular Spin class, which is 55 minutes long as opposed to 40, meets Monday through Thursday evening.
Zumba classes meet every night Monday through Friday at various times.
Aqua Zumba meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Total body workout meets 5:30 to 6:25 p.m., and utilizes all the tools needed to get in shape.
Viola Ostrom, a former student, said she still takes water aerobics classes in the morning.
“I needed a way to exercise without the strain on my muscles and bones,” she said.
Ostrom said she suffers from arthritis.
Some of the other classes offered are cardio kickboxing, yoga, and pilates. “Silver” classes are also offered in the morning for senior citizens.
The Wellness Center also offers classes in Lifeguard Training and CPR.
The cost of each class varies, but Shugart said students and members can get a fitness pass for $50 a semester.
The pass allows for full access to any class at any time.
A full schedule of the classes offered at the Wellness Center can be found in the Spring Recreation and Fitness tabloid available online at www.occc.edu/rf/pdf/Schedule, or in front of the Recreation and Fitness office located on the first floor of the Main Building.
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