Monday, August 24, 2009

Try out TRAC!

By Courtney Westlake

Between new instructional programs, group fitness classes and intramural opportunities, it's going to be an exciting academic year at TRAC!

"We have some really great programs that are coming back from last year, but we also have some new additions," said Amanda Jillson, assistant director of fitness and instructional programs at TRAC.

Popular classes like 6-Pack Attack and Zumba (a body sculpting and dance class with interval training) are on the schedule this fall, accompanied by new programs such as Circuit WorX.

"Circuit WorX is a 30-minute good workout for your upper body, lower body and cardiovascular, so it's a little bit of everything," Jillson said. "And it's only 30 minutes so it's really easy to fit into your schedule."

"We also have a new class called Jump Training, and that class targets your complete lower body, so if you're interested in blasting those legs and getting them into the shape that you want, that's a really good class to join," she added. "We're also offering Total Body Conditioning, which is a one-hour strength cardio class."

Some instructional programs that are resuming at TRAC include karate and a 5K training class.

"So if you've always been interested in doing a 5K, which is 3.1 miles, you can join the 5K class that meets once a week and you'll get a personalized program to help you either walk, jog, or a combination of both, toward your 5K goal," Jillson said.

P90X, a very popular instructional program, is also going to be resuming this fall, although TRAC has changed the name of the program to GTX, which stands for Group Training Extreme.

"We do take registration for GTX class, and we're offering two sessions of it this fall," Jillson said.

All classes are posted on the UIS Rec Sports Web site.

To get a quick taste of what each of the classes might be like and to gauge your interest in a particular class, this week TRAC is offering "demo classes."

"All of our classes begin on Monday, August 31, but this first week of school, we're offering some demo classes," Jillson said. "A demo class is a shortened version to give you a taste of what to expect and give you a chance to ask questions. We'll have one of our classes going on each day."

To use the facilities or take advantage of group exercise classes at TRAC, you can purchase a membership, multi-use pass and single-use guest pass.

"The single-use pass and multi-use pass get you into the facility, and you have full range to use the facility - you can use the equipment, the track, or take a group exercise class - so those are a great option if you don't want to purchase a full membership," Jillson said.

"With the new school year, we really encourage you to just come on over and try out what TRAC has to offer," she added. "There are new programs and new activities going on all the time."


Anonymous Medifast said...

I love the idea of the 5k training class. When looking to do something like that it can often be intimidating. I am so happy to see that there is a program dedicated to the non professional runner. Who needs an expensive weight loss program like Medifast when you have these classes? Kudos to you and your team for keeping our students healthy.

December 28, 2009 at 11:26 PM  

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