Students in the Department of Kinesiology are looking for participants to conquer the Fitness Challenge, an opportunity for individuals to improve their health and fitness for the upcoming year. This challenge gives kinesiology students an outstanding experiential learning opportunity, while helping participants achieve their exercise and physical activity goals.
Interested employees commit to a minimum of two personal training sessions per week for ten weeks, with training provided by students in the KINES 432 Conditioning Principles course. The purpose of this semester-long project is to help employees improve their health and wellness with help from a knowledgeable trainer and external accountability. Student personal trainers will develop and guide clients through an exercise routine designed to help participants meet their health and fitness goals.
Participants will be required to complete a health history questionnaire before the training begins. A before and after comparison will examine height, weight, body mass index, resting heart rate and blood pressure, as well as appropriate performance measures like speed, power and strength. The clients that make the most significant improvement across all measures will be awarded prizes, as will their personal trainers.
The Fitness challenge will begin on Monday, Jan. 28. The number of student trainers is limited and they will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.
Training sessions will occur in the Kinesiology Annex weight room (lockers are available). The gym will be open Monday through Friday during the following times:
- 7-9 a.m.
- noon-1 p.m.
- 4-6 p.m.
Donations from Fitness Challenge participants increased the Department of Kinesiology’s scholarship fund by more than $9,000 last year.