By Cristin Lalone
Elm Staff Writer
Having gone to some of the fitness classes offered at Washington College, it is apparent that many people, including students and faculty, take advantage of the. Classes are free to faculty, staff, and students. All fitness classes are located in the JFC Dance Studio, Cain Dance Studio, field house, and weight room. Some of the classes offered are Insanity, Zumba, Yoga, Turbo Kick, and PiYo.
Insanity is a class that pushes you past your limits with plyometric drills on top of nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, and core training moves. The power of this efficient workout is MAX Interval training, where you perform long bursts (two minute drills) of maximum-intensity exercises with short periods of rest. This is done with help from fast rhythmic music.
Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one‐of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. The routines feature interval-training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training is combined with help from fun and upbeat music.
Yoga is used as flowing through connected postures. This strong athletic practice results in improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. Yoga is used to strengthen your center by maintaining the support and integrity of your spine. For yoga, you can borrow a yoga mat or bring your own, and relaxing music is usually played quietly.
PiYo is mat-based class that helps with flexibility, balance, strength, and core power, while giving you an awesome low-impact, high-intensity cardio workout.
When asking about her definition of some of them Aundra Weissert said, “Each format offers something a little bit different. Zumba involves lots of great cardio set to fun music, PiYo Live is a mat-based class all about building strength, flexibility, and balance, Turbo Kick is a cardio kickboxing class with awesome music, and Insanity Live is based on the 60-day at home program, but re-worked into a 30-minute live class that builds endurance, challenges your body at your level, and provides awesome cardio and bodyweight strength building.” Weissert, who is a licensed instructor, has been teaching these classes at WC since 2009.
“The energy you get from being part of a group fitness class is amazing. People come and give it their all each class, which is self-motivating but also motivates the other participants in the class. I love helping people progress to the next level. After a certain point each class becomes more life a family – everyone shares in the joy when someone completes a hard move or combination, and you have tons of support. There’s no crazy unhealthy competition in class, which makes it a great learning and workout environment” she said.