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Fitness Center acts as hub for physical, social development

Submitted by Javari Burnett on January 29, 2014 – 11:52 am3 Comments

Courtesy of UALR

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is devoted to providing its students with a quality education but also quality fitness. For many years, the university has provided numerous fitness and wellness programs to suit the needs of its diverse students. These programs are designed to help aid individuals reach their health goals and participate in physical activity.

Highly quality weight-free equipment, cardio and fitness equipment, and various indoor and outdoor activities are only a few of things the Fitness Center provides. Indoor and outdoor activities include racquetball, basketball, football, table tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, aerobics, and more.

The 2014 fitness schedule is well on its way. The schedule includes over thirty health and fitness classes available to suit individual needs. “New Year, New Body, New You” Biggest Loser Boot Camp Challenge is a boot camp option available for students, faculty, staff, and other Fitness center members for the Spring Semester. The Boot Camp Challenge will begin Jan. 27 and end on March 23. The challenge is approximately 8 weeks with a one-time fee.

Naomi Fletcher, Coordinator of Fitness, explained how beneficial the Boot Camp will be.

“A lot of people think they’re healthy when they’re not,” Fletcher said. “The Camp will help them have a good degree of health and flexibility [and] a good degree of cardio and respiratory fitness, as well as follow a proper nutrition plan.” Challenge classes include Piloxing, Step Aerobics, Zumba, Latin Expression, Kick Butt, and Intensity.

Another route one can choose is personal training for a more intimate workout. Training includes one-on-one sessions with certified trainers.  According to the Campus Recreation webpage, all one needs to get started is obtain a UALR Fitness Center membership, purchase a fitness package, and contact the Office of Fitness and Wellness. Packages vary from three to twenty sessions.

Intramural sports are also good health option available to students. The program offers individual, dual, and team sports for both male and female participants, according to the UALR website. The university offers a variety of intramural sports, from basketball and volleyball to table tennis and racquetball.

Sophomore engineering major Autumn Rouse is the captain of her intramural flag-football team and enjoys every minute of it.

“Intramural sports have truly taught me the value of staying healthy while enjoying time with your friends,” Rouse said. Visiting the fitness center in one’s free time is a great way to stay on a healthy route. Grab a friend, throw on a pair of sneakers, and shoot some hoops or jog a few laps.

Junior accounting major Renetta Williams takes advantage of campus recreational services. “The court is a place where I can relieve the stresses from the day while getting in a good workout.”

If students are interested in any recreation activities or health services, they are encouraged to visit or walk into the fitness center at their leisure. Fitness Center hours are 6 a.m.–11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-11p.m. Sunday.


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