The Fitness Center: An Untapped Health Resource

Imagine sweat running down your face, the taste of salt in your mouth, your forehead is throbbing from all the pain, your body aches at every bend and break. No, this is not the scene from a horror movie but rather one from the EMU fitness center.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, being active is good for your health, as if the American people were not made aware of this already. Being physically active can also increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life, and it makes you feel and look good.

Some of the benefits of being physically active are also outlined by the HHR, for instance, being active can help control your blood pressure and blood sugar, and help you maintain a healthy weight. It can also lower your bad cholesterol and raise your good cholesterol. Being active has been proven to prevent heart disease, many different forms of cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

As a person who appreciates the benefits of working out and being active, there is an ideal fitness center right here on campus that very few students take advantage of.

EMU’s fitness center is located in University Commons and has a wide array of classes and equipment to help you get into the best shape of your life.

The fitness center has a free weight room, stationary weights, treadmills, elliptical and stationary bikes.

There are also three personal trainers available: Shawn, Ryan, and John, who are certified and are willing to help you achieve your goals. Appointments can be arranged by contacting each trainer through their e-mail address, Shawn at Hannas88@, Ryan at ryan.wolz88@ and John at johnewilson@

Classes, which are also offered at the fitness center, carry additional charges. Classes are open to all EMU students and faculty as well as the community.

Fall classes include Power Yoga, which is taught on Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. with two new sessions added on Dec. 4 and 11 from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. at $5 per day. Power Yoga is taught by Taylor Evans.

The class is designed to get people moving with invigorating vinyasa to spark the inner fire and empower participants physically and mentally.

The cost of the class is $18 but at this point in the semester it might be cheaper to just pay the $5 per day.

The ever popular Zumba is also taught by instructors Julianne Ross and Heidi Bauman King. Zumba classes are offered three days a week starting with Mondays from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

The cost of the class is $18.

According to Taylor Evans, Vinyasa Yoga, which is offered Thursdays 12 to 1 p.m., is a dynamic style of yoga that incorporates breathing, power, balance, strength and flexibility. Concentration and relaxation are also combined.

The last class offered this fall semester is Fitness with Faith. Fitness with Faith is taught by Pastor, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise, Faith Evans.

All are encouraged to attend the uplifting and motivating class that works on strength training with upper and lower body bands, low impact cardiovascular intervals and body prayer.

The cost of the class is $85 for 10 classes and classes are offered Fridays 6 to 7 a.m.

For more information about Fitness with Faith, you can e-mail Evans at or for any questions regarding the fitness center you can call the front desk at 432-4341.

The hours for the fitness center are as follows: Monday through Thurs- day 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

-Devin Hall, Staff Writer

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