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Campus Recreation Offers USciences Students, Faculty, and Staff Opportunity to Stay Active with Zoom Workouts

By Zachary Durham

Published on April 16, 2020

PilatesWith the Athletic Recreation Center (ARC) closed along with nearly every gym across the region, the opportunity for University of the Sciences students, faculty and staff to work out in a controlled setting, while balancing the workload of the semester, has never been more limited.

Magnifying this dilemma is the fact that staying active during these times has never been more crucial, for both physical and mental well-being.

TheCenters for Disease Control and Prevention mentions the importance of taking care of your body, specifically taking deep breaths, stretching and mediating, as well as exercising, to cope with stress during the outbreak of COVID-19.

This is what inspired Assistant Dean of Students for Health & Wellness Heidi Freeman and Director of Student Activities and Campus Recreation Tricia Purcell to collaborate on bringing workouts to the comfort of one’s own home. 

“During these extra stressful times, we wanted to offer an outlet to help maintain physical and mental health,” said Purcell. “Our amazing instructors stepped up to the challenge and set up their homes to provide their skills to teach group fitness classes using zoom.” 

Campus Recreation is currently offering 11 group fitness courses via zoom, the remote conferencing service that the University has been utilizing during its transition to online courses.  

Amongst these 11 courses are five specific disciplines – HIIT Boxing, 30-Minute Pilates, 30-Minute HIIT, Yoga and Tabata Boot Camp – taught by seven different instructors, with classes available all five days of the week.

“By using zoom they can interact with the participants and check form throughout the workouts, and it creates a similar environment to the ARC studio,” Purcell continued.

In addition, Freeman and Patti Vanston, Vice President for Business Development and Enrollment Management, are hosting weeklyMindfulness and Meditation sessions every Friday at 12 p.m.

“We are grateful for Heidi’s, Patti’s and all of our instructor’s dedication to students, faculty, and staff at USciences during these challenging times,” Purcell concluded.

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