Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Stay on TRAC this summer!

By Courtney Westlake

Summer is here – finally! – and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

“Some great activities that you can do in the summer include riding your bike, walking, running, gardening - all the things you like to do outdoors; it's the perfect time of year to get started,” said Amanda Jillson, assistant director of fitness and instructional programs for TRAC.

Summer also provides a great opportunity to take advantage of the breaks that you have between classes and while at work to get outside and walk on UIS’ beautiful campus, Jillson pointed out.

“If you’re interested in walking routes, go ahead and contact me; I can give you a route that is broken down in mileage from one building to another, or a maybe a one-mile route around campus, so that could be a good way to get in your exercise on your lunch hour or in between classes,” she said.

TRAC's memberships are on sale right now, so head on over to TRAC to purchase a summer membership. Some group fitness classes available this summer are the 6-Pack Attack, Circuit WorX and P90X.

6-Pack Attack is a 30-minute abs class that focuses on your core: your abs and your back. The class is an excellent compliment to your cardiovascular workouts and helps to improve posture and toned abs. It is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.

Circuit WorX combines cardio segments and muscular conditioning with free weights and strength machines to provide a total body workout. It is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in TRAC Fitness Area 1.

“It’s a 30-minute total body blast class, so that’s going to be a good option,” Jillson said.

And the very popular P90X class is designed to transform your body from regular to tone in 10 weeks, using an advanced training technique called “Muscle Confusion,” which speeds your results by changing your routine so your body never runs into a rut or plateau. P90X is held five days a week from 12 to 1 p.m.; Monday, Wednesday and Friday are for strength training, and Tuesday and Thursday focus on cardiovascular exercise.

Registration is required for P90X and is open through Friday, June 5 at 5 p.m. Contact Jillson if you are interested in registering at 206-8400 or ajill2@uis.edu.

Jillson also recommended another program on campus, called the Weight Watchers at Work program.

“You may have read about it from campus emails, and I think it’s a great opportunity for people to get involved,” she said. “If you’re needing assistance on your nutrition and exercise side, it’s a good opportunity and the class is going to be held right on campus. For more information, contact Rebecca Dickerson at 206-7237.”

“Whatever you do,” Jillson added, “get out and enjoy the great weather this summer and Stay on TRAC with your nutrition and exercise!”