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Get Your Fitness On: Student Picks The Best Classes to Take at Koret

Nina Sasson gets ready to take one of the many fitness classes that Koret has to offer. Photo by Matt Steinbach/Foghorn

Would you rather exercise alone, running on a treadmill, or with a group of fellow students dancing or stretching in a fun atmosphere? Both options are available at the Koret Gym. For me, the group exercise classes are the main reason I make it a priority to go to Koret four times per week.

And I’m not the only one. “I like the camaraderie and support of a class,” says Ashley Van Noy, a USF senior. USF students encourage each other in all of the group exercise classes at Koret. If you haven’t tried one yet, what are you waiting for?

Here is a list of the 5 best group exercise classes to take at Koret:

5. Zumba

Ditch the workout and join the party! This class fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that will blow you away. Zumba is an aerobic fitness program created by a Miami-based dancer and choreographer. Classes use music based on salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, calypso, soca, samba, African, cha cha, hip hop and other music. It’s a great class to take if you dislike standard exercise routines and is a fabulous way to burn some calories by dancing the night away!

4. Hatha Flow

This class begins with an energizing blend of stretching, strengthening and balancing yoga poses, followed by seated, therapeutic and restorative stretches. Flow yoga, also known as Vinyasa, is a form of yoga which follows a series of poses (known as asanas) joined together to create a smooth pattern called a flow. Each position held by the body is joined through rhythmic breathing. Altogether, flow yoga creates strength and energy in the body. This is a perfect class to take to de-stress from school and work and is challenging enough to get a bit of a sweat. Hatha Flow yoga is extremely beneficial for the mind, body, and helps tone your core and lower body.

3. Abs and Glutes

This 30 minute power class targets the lower body and core. This workout incorporates free weights, Body Bars and your own body weight to firm and trim. It is curcuit-traning style class that is extremely fast-paced and intense. This is a perfect class for you if you don’t have tons of time to work-out, but you want to some strength training.

2. Cardio Kick

A high-intensity, total body workout with elements of martial arts and boxing combined to give you a “power” workout. This class gives you the opportunity to achieve all your fitness goals. You can burn an amazing 800 calories in this one hour martial arts based workout. It addresses three major training elements to optimal health: Cardiovascular, Strength and Flexibility. The class is a great way to manage stress and condition your body as you kick and punch. Improve your core strength with boot camp style sit ups and pushups. Tone muscles and build strength as you are challenged with the weight training portion.  The roundhouse kicks and squats work your lower body like no other, while the twists and punching do wonders for your upper body. Don’t miss this fantastic class that is great for your figure, but does wonders for stress and aggression!

1. Spin

This exhilarating program simulates the outdoor biking experience using fixed stationary bicycles in an indoor setting. This workout combines basic, rhythmic and athletic cycling drills with guided focus and motivation to create an outstanding cardiovascular workout! Spinning is an aerobic exercise that gets your heart pumping the sweat dripping. As you pedal, to the best hip-hop jams out there, the instructors talk you through a visualization of an outdoor workout. During the class you vary your pace — sometimes pedaling as fast as you can, other times cranking up the tension and pedaling slowly from a standing position. This helps you to focus inwardly and work on your mind as well as your body.  Spinning burns serious calories (about 450 in 45 minutes) and offers an awesome aerobic workout that makes your heart pump fast. It also tones your quadriceps (front thigh muscles) and outer thigh muscles like nobody’s business! Because you stay in one place with the same basic movement throughout, Spinning doesn’t involve a lot of coordination; it’s easier to concentrate on your form than in other types of aerobic classes. And although you follow the general instructions of the spinning teacher, you are in control when it comes to your pace. You can finish a spin class, regardless of your fitness level, simply by adjusting your pace or the tension knob on the bike.

USFtv Sports Provides a Unique and Exciting Perspective on USF Athletics

If you don’t already know, USFtv is our university’s student-run television station. USFtv sports is an interesting and crucial part of the programming. All of the university’s games are covered and about six different games are shown each month. These segments include compelling coverage of the game, in depth interviews with coaches and players, as well as a first hand break down of the game by USFtv’s sports editor, Erika Heyer.

Currently, USFtv Sports is in the process of adding a fitness segment to its programming. The station aired a pilot episode of the fitness segment in October to great reviews. “It is an interesting twist on sports and I think that being healthy and staying fit is definitely a huge part of sports that sometimes people don’t think about when tuning into a sports channel but they should.” said Heyer.

Heyer and the USFtv Sports crew are getting tons of positive feedback from their peers as well as their professors. “My teachers come up to me and tell me that they have seen me on TV which is great because I know people are watching. I have also been getting a lot of positive feedback from the Athletics Department. I have been burning game wrap-ups for them and they have been putting them on their YouTube site and it has been working really well,” said Heyer.

Another new feature to look out for on USFtv Sports is a segment on what is behind a Don’s game. For the Dig Pink volleyball game USFtv sports interviewed a player before hand and talked about the charity that the game was benefiting and also had the game wrap up in the package so viewers can get the whole picture of what it takes to be a Don’s athlete.

This season of USFtv sports has shown some of USF’s athletic highs. Heyer says, “My favorite USFtv moment was when the Dons [baseball] were tied in the 10th [inning] and Derek Poppert [USF student] stepped up and hit a single to get the winning run. I got the celebration on film and the interview was great afterwards because Ryan Lipkin [Poppert’s teammate] got him [Poppert] in the face with shaving cream.”

The newest feature that will be airing on USFtv Sports is on the Free 2 Play campaign USF Athletics is doing in accordance with the Not For Sale campaign. Free 2 Play is a part of the Not For Sale Campaign, which targets and involves athletes and sports enthusiasts who believe all children should be “free to play”. The station will be airing the dodgeball awareness game that will be taking place as part of the Free 2 Play Campaign on December 2nd in Harney Plaza.

Heyer has advice for students who are interested in exploring the field of sports journalism. “ If you have the passion, don’t give up! Sports journalism a tough business to get into, there are long hours and hard work is involved. I suggest you get in internship or work for USFtv Sports. I have had the opportunity to write, film, and edit my own stories and if not for this experience I would not currently have my extensive internship at ABC 7 sports.”