August 21, 2018

SIU Rec Center offering unique fall classes for campus and community

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Recreation Center offers a wide variety of classes and programs for students, faculty, staff and community members. The center is also taking a new approach to help those who utilize the facilities learn about the equipment and get comfortable using it.

Small group training sessions initiated

The center is hosting a series of small group specials led by a personal trainer. There will be a maximum of four participants per group and they’ll receive information about specific pieces of gym equipment and how to safely use them to reach individual fitness goals.

The first small group special is Barbell Training. Four different sessions are being offered to classes of 3-4 people in how to properly use a barbell. Instruction will cover the six basic movement patterns: squat variations, hinge, lunge, push, pull and carry. In turn, these movements will translate into specific compound exercises including squats, lunges, deadlifts, the bench press, shoulder press, farmer’s carry and rows.

By the end of each five-session program, participants will be able to perform all of the exercises correctly and implement them into personalized fitness routines. The cost to participate is:

  • $50 for students.
  • $55 for recreation center members.
  • $70 for the general public.

Barbell training set for October

The dates and times of the small group specials are:

  • Session 1 – 5:15-6:15 p.m. on Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.
  • Session 2 – 6:20-7:20 p.m. on Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.
  • Session 3 – 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.
  • Session 4 – 6:15-7:15 p.m. on Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1.

General Physical Preparedness (GPP) classes planned

In addition, Recreational Sports and Services hosted a General Physical Preparedness class during the summer and it was so popular, the center is hosting another this fall.

The training sessions will improve every element of fitness for participants with instruction in multiple components including strength, power, speed, agility, cardiovascular work and coordination. It’s a total body workout featuring a combination of resistance and cardio training techniques designed to enhance overall fitness. Free weights, body weights, stability balls, battle ropes, medicine balls, ladders, cones and total body resistance exercise (TRX) will all be included and teamwork is a big element as well.

GPP class begins Sept. 4

The dates for the GPP September class are: Sept. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27; each class will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The cost to participate is:

  • $60 for students.
  • $65 for rec center members.
  • $75 for the general public.

Instructors are Kayla Cline and Nathan Shaw and participants can attend regardless of whether they have or have not attended previous G.P.P. sessions.

Various ways to sign up

Register for G.P.P. or the Barbell Training session in person at Member Services on the first floor of the Student Recreation Center or by visiting the Recreational Sports and Services website. Call 618/453-1275 for additional information.

The website also offers information on the numerous other classes, programs and activities offered by Recreational Sports and Services.