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The Fitness Challenge returns and faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up

KINES 432 Conditioning Principles students provide personal training to faculty and staff as part of the kinesiology Fitness Challenge, Kinesiology Annex, photo Patrick Sweeney
Kinesiology students provided personal training to faculty and staff during the 2019 Fitness Challenge, photo by Patrick Sweeney

Starting Monday, Jan. 25, and running through the start of spring break, students in the Department of Kinesiology are once again hosting the Fitness Challenge. The challenge helps faculty and staff achieve their health and fitness goals through an experiential learning opportunity for the KINES 432 Conditioning Procedures class. Fitness Challenge spots are limited – those interested should sign up as soon as possible. Registration is first come, first served.

Due to COVID, the department has enhanced procedures in place this semester. The weight room has been cleaned thoroughly and all participants must follow the prevention and safety protocol in order to take part in the challenge.

Faculty and staff will commit to participate for 10 weeks and kinesiology students will commit to provide personal training. The purpose of this semester-long project is to help faculty and staff improve their health and wellness by providing a knowledgeable trainer and external accountability. Clients and personal trainers will agree to meet a minimum of two times per week for the 10 weeks.

Faculty and staff will be provided times to train in the Kinesiology Annex weight room (locker rooms are available). The Kinesiology Annex weight room is open for training Monday through Friday:

  • 7 – 9 a.m.
  • noon – 1 p.m.
  • 4 – 6 p.m.

Student personal trainers will develop and guide clients through an exercise routine designed to help clients meet their health and fitness goals. Participants will be required to complete a health history questionnaire before beginning. Before and after data will compare: weight, body mass index (BMI), and resting heart rate and blood pressure, as well as appropriate performance measures (e.g. speed, power, strength).

Clients who have made the most significant improvement across all measures will be awarded prizes (as will their personal trainers).

“Congratulations to all past participants and kudos to their student trainers,” said Heather Jauregui, senior director of development for the College of Health Sciences. “And thank you to the many participant donors who have helped build the Kinesiology Department Scholarship and fund 10 student scholarships this year!”

With questions, contact Shawn Simonson, Department of Kinesiology professor, at, or graduate students Joshua Murphey at and Hannah Maurer at

Sign up for the Fitness Challenge here.