22 Free Fitness Opportunities. Does It Get Any Better?

by REED CARR, CSU Public Relations Intern

Mavericks are lining up for group fitness, yoga and meditation classes—no charge.

There are 22 classes scheduled through Campus Rec every Monday through Friday. Classes are typically in Pennington Hall 102 and Highland North 225, but don’t be surprised if they happen outside and even in water. Carly Hopper, program coordinator, leads the classes at Minnesota State Mankato with the help of graduate students and interns.

“Classes range from yoga, meditation, core conditioning, Zumba, high intensity interval training, Thai dance, cardio-based classes, hip-hop, circuit training, strength training, and stretching classes,” Hopper said.

Leave the fees of other gyms behind and get your workout in just down the hall. All you need to is a clean pair of shoes!

“There is no registration for any class on our group fitness schedule. Our budget to offer group fitness classes is funded by student allocation fees, so there is no additional charge to students for these classes,” she said. “They simply have to show up with a positive attitude, participate, and most importantly, have fun.”

‘There is no additional charge to students for these classes. They simply have to show up with a positive attitude, participate, and most importantly, have fun.’ – Carly Hopper

Everyone has tried working out on their own. It’s easy to lose motivation when you don’t have someone to help push you along and feel the burn, Hopper said.

“Group fitness classes not only offer participants a set time to exercise, but also provides an opportunity for friends to be active together and meet new people who also want to be physically active,” she said. “People generally enjoy being active with friends like they may have done in high school or in an organized sport, but they may not have that same opportunity now, so group fitness classes can provide some of that structure to encourage anyone to exercise.”

Grab a group of friends, some clean shoes and a positive attitude, and get fit! All class formats, times offered and locations can be found at the following website: http://www.mnsu.edu/campusrec/fitness/groupfitness.html

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