By Destiny Mitchell
Olivet’s Perry Center is good for more than just a lonely workout, it houses opportunities to get fit in fun and exciting ways.
F.I.T., Kettlebells, Zumba, cycling, aerobics and workout DVD sessions are now available in the Perry Center, and swimming lessons will soon be added to the list.
Junior Sydney Hunt has taught the ONU’s Zumba classes for the past two years. Hunt teaches one hour sessions every Monday at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. Additional sessions are taught by sophomore Taylor Logan on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
Hunt considers her Zumba routine to be fitness-based. She makes sure to incorporate lots of jumps, squats and standing abdominal workouts into the dance moves. If they’re working to their fullest potential, she says that one person can burn anywhere from 800 to 950 calories.
Zumba draws in a large crowd with an average of 20 to 30 students attending Monday sessions and Wednesday sessions bringing in 50 to 60 students. Hunt has also had professors and spouses of professors attend classes. Though the student body that attends Zumba classes is largely comprised of women– about 90 percent by Hunt’s estimate– Hunt has a small but dedicated amount of male students.
“I have a core group of guys that are committed to coming to my classes and I totally appreciate them,” said Hunt.
“They stand in the front row on one side and they go as hard as pos- sible; there’s this one guy that comes and he takes [the routines] to an even higher intensity level then I am just amazed as I’m standing up there teaching,” she remarked.
Junior Kelsey Vihnanek will be instructing the swimming lessons, which will begin on Feb. 13. Sessions will be divided up into two separate nights on Thursdays and Saturdays according to age and skill level.
Thursday classes are designated for pupils level 4, 5 and 6. Saturday classes are designated for Parent-Child classes starting from preschoolers and up, levels 1, 2 and 3.
Swim classes are open to faculty and staff as a test run to see how well the program will function and then may extend membership opportunities to students.
Vihnanek has been an instructor for four years and first started instructing at the YMCA near her home in Plainfield, Ill. She is looking forward to seeing the turn out when lessons begin and is hoping to bring another instructor on board with the program to teach students.
Vihnanek believes that swimming is an important and necessary life skill to learn and is also fun.
“I know a lot of [students] might be comfortable in pools but don’t necessarily know the strokes,” said Vihnanek. “So hopefully we’ll get to teach them too.”