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Spring 2024 Fitness Challenge registration is open for faculty and staff

a student spots a participant while they lift weights
Kinesiology students provide personal training to faculty and staff as part of the department’s fitness challenge. Photo by Patrick Sweeney.

Students in the kinesiology department are once again participating in an experiential learning opportunity and hosting a fitness challenge to help faculty and staff achieve their health and fitness goals. The challenge will begin on Tuesday, January 16, and continue up to spring break. Those interested in participating can register via the Participant Registration Form for Fitness Challenge – 1/16/24 – 3/15/24.

Faculty and staff will commit to participate two days per week of personal training with students in the kinesiology department’s conditioning principles course. The goal of this semester-long project is to help faculty and staff improve their health and wellness by providing a knowledgeable trainer and external accountability. Employees will meet with their student trainers a minimum of two times each week.

Participants will be provided times to train in the Kinesiology Annex weight room. Locker rooms are available.

The weight room is open for training Monday through Friday:

  • 7-9 a.m.
  • 12-1 p.m.
  • 4-6 p.m.

Student personal trainers will develop and guide clients through an exercise routine designed to help meet their goals. Participants will be required to complete a health history questionnaire before beginning.

Before and after data will compare weight, body mass index, 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).

For help or additional questions, contact Ayla Gabel at