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Submitted by Melissa Ibbotson on September 9, 2011 – 3:33 pmNo Comment

In their offices in a corner of the fitness center, Coordinator of Intramural Sports Rodolfo Morales and Coordinator of Fitness Naomi Fletcher spend much of their time planning new and fun ways for students to stay fit.

“A lot of universities are putting a lot of emphasis on their student recreation centers,” Morales said. Prospective students want to know what there is to do outside of classes and studying.

Campus recreation and the fitness center provide students with a wide variety of workouts and sports. Intramural sports start in a few weeks and include volleyball, indoor soccer, three-on-three basketball and more.

Other fun things that will be offered include the cardboard boat races, which will be a highlight of homecoming week in the spring. A kayak camp-out is planned for the first weekend in October and a bike and paddle trip will also be in October.

“Any time anyone wants to see a program, we’ll do our best to offer it,” Morales said.

Aerobic classes and workouts are also regular offerings at the fitness center.

Fletcher said group classes can have more of benefit to students than working out alone.  “For some people it can be more motivating,” she said. “It keeps you going on a cardio level.” She said it’s easier to get back on pace with the workout, even if you take a break.

A variety of classes offer high and low intensity workouts, and the Biggest Loser Bootcamp begins in a few weeks. Registration is $25 and occurs from Sept. 6 to Sept. 10.

Students can take part in the what the fitness center is doing by becoming student officials, group class leaders or even personal trainers.

“[Being involved] gives you an outlet to stress,” Morales said. “It’s also plays a good role for retention … it’s a good way for students to get know each other.”

For more information about the programs and classes the fitness center offers, visit Also, if you’d like to register for an intramural sport, visit and use your UALR email address to sign up.

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