Published: Aug 25, 2010
When cyclists hop on a bike in the McNiff Fitness Center they can
challenge themselves to the inclines of the rolling Italian countryside
or the curvy, Californian coast. While the ride is virtual, the sweat
certainly won’t be.
Beginning in October, the UT facility gains
official Spinning licensing, which includes continued education for the
Spinning instructors and enhanced quality of the workout, said
Coordinator of Campus Recreation Katie White.
Indoor cyclists can choose from 16 new, top-of-the-line Spinner NXT bikes (the same bikes they use on The Biggest Loser
Instructors can use a newly installed projector to take cyclists on
occasional virtual rides. White has plans to use that same projector for
the yoga classes for things like guided meditation.
visual focal points to cycling rides and possibly yoga classes is one
way to help students who struggle to let go of the day’s stressors
during their workout to totally engulf their mind and body into the
workout,” White said.
Due to a popular request to increase the
number and variety of cardio machines and with the help of Student
Government funding and a 2010 Senior Class Gift, White purchased a new
elliptical machine and two Precor Adaptive Motion Trainers (a cross
between a stair climber and an elliptical machine) to replace older
equipment. Earlier in the year she added two Concept2 rowers and four
Life Fitness treadmills.
Scattered throughout the fitness
facility are nine new flat-screen TVs visible from all areas, including
the weight machines, stationary bikes, stair climbers and the more than
2,500 pounds of free-weight plates.
Open to students, faculty, staff and alumni, the 6,000-square-foot McNiff Fitness Center
not only looks like it got a facelift, but the classes are becoming
more diverse too. White said she is adding more fusion classes, such as
blending cycling and yoga. She will be offering certification classes
for students to become instructors, and the student Wellness Committee
will host a Wellness Weekend in November.
students were selected for an inaugural 13-week weight-loss program
this fall with White. Students will meet three times a week in the gym
at 6 a.m. – before it opens.
“This will provide a safe
environment for the participants to exercise in,” said White. “We’ll
teach them how to create a workout plan, they’ll have regular
consultations with a dietician and they’ll be journaling.”
Another change to Campus Recreation
is the addition of team member Chris Gottlick, the new coordinator of intramural sports
, who hopes to grow the program.
be able to interact more with the students, explore some new sports we
haven’t had in the past and add six weekend tournaments,” said Gottlick.
There are 12 intramural leagues with six sports a semester
including dodge ball, floor hockey, Ultimate Frisbee and indoor soccer.
hope to see an increase in both new and returning participants by
enhancing officials’ training and adding new sport event opportunities
to the schedule,” White added.
Membership to McNiff Fitness
Center is free for full-time, undergraduate students. Faculty and staff
memberships are $50 per year. Memberships for graduate students, alumni
and part-time students are $100 per year. For information, contact the
McNiff staff at (813) 258-7435.Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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