Student Recreation Center offers new fitness classes

The Student Recreation Center will be offering a fitness-oriented Barre class this semester.

The class centers around using the barre to aid in balance, posture and leg position. It will include ballet skills, though it is not a dance class and no dance experience is required. 

Barre is a 50-minute class at noon and 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Currently, the maximum number of people allowed per class is 25.

Barre, as well as all other classes offered at the Rec Center, is open to people of all levels of fitness, Janes Dreamweaver, director of fitness and wellness, said.

“The form is [going to] be the emphasis,” Dreamweaver said. “Folks can expect a tough leg workout, core workout, and then, because I try to do everything pretty well-rounded, we’ll find a way to integrate some arms.”

Ballet is also being offered at the Rec Center this semester. It will be led by two instructors, one of which also leads the dance party classes. According to the Rec Center website, ballet participants will do stretches and jumps and learn foot positions and basic steps. No previous dance experience is required. Ballet will be offered from 5:30-6:20 p.m. on Wednesdays and 3:30-4:20 p.m. on Fridays.

Dreamweaver said students can apply to teach classes at the Rec Center by attending a recruitment meeting this semester and giving a 20-minute audition. The class does not have to exist already in the schedule and no certification is required to audition.

In addition to the new classes taught this semester, the Rec Center also received new cardio equipment including four Life Fitness recumbent bicycles and two Precor elliptical trainers. Four power bars were replaced last semester and the rest will be replaced this semester, as well as the weight racks, Susan Limestall, director of campus recreation, wrote in an email statement. There will also be a new large screen television and whiteboards in the conference room.

The sand volleyball court lighting project, which will allow the sand volleyball courts to be utilized at night, is also set to be finished by the end of the semester. The project was funded by the Athletic Fee Advisory Committee but coordinated by the Intramurals Office.