Badger Fit Night provides fun workout for students
By Celeste Paulson
BodyFlow exercises allowed students to be active and socialize at the first Badger Fit Night Sept. 9. BodyFlow is a combination of Pilates, tai chi and yoga.
Fit Nights, hosted by the sport and exercise science department, take place the first Monday of each month at Carter Fitness Center. Each Fit Night will have a different activity that lasts about an hour.
“We usually do BodyFlow, Insanity and Zumba, which is coming up on Oct. 7,” said physical education instructor Patricia McGuire. “This year we’re introducing CrossFit. It’ll be our last one, because we’re going to begin CrossFit games and CrossFit workouts in the spring.”
On average, 25 to 75 people attend each Fit Night. During the past three years that Fit Nights have been hosted, Zumba has had the largest attendance.
“Attendance depends on the event and how much it’s promoted,” McGuire said. “This first one, we had 25 show up, which is low-end. Our first one is harder to promote because there’s so much going on with everybody, but we try to go ahead and get it kick-started.”
Students can attend Fit Nights free with their Amarillo College identification cards. Students also can bring friends and family who can get in for $2.
“It was a good workout,” said Liliana Vasquez, a general studies major. “I really enjoyed it. Students should do it because it’s different, and they should try new things.”
Fit Night activities not only promote health but the programs and classes available for students in Carter Fitness Center.
“We have memberships for students that are $30 for the semester that allows them to go to any of our other academic classes that we offer,” McGuire said. “We also have a wellness committee which helps to promote wellness around campus.”
Along with promoting health, the Fit Nights also aim to help students feel good about themselves.
“It’s a positive atmosphere,” McGuire said. “We have good music, and we encourage people. You always walk away feeling better than you came in.”
Activities at the Fit Nights are physical but also contain mental relief for students due to the general atmosphere of the gym.
“It’s a great way to ease your mind,” said Isabella Reyes, a general studies major. “I’ll most likely come back to be more involved and to get a good workout.”