Staying fit can now be easier than ever and is free on campus

Exercising regularly and staying fit can be a difficult task, especially during winter. However, the Fitness Center at Washington State University Vancouver is a convenient way to get and stay in shape. Moreover, the Fitness Center is free for students, staff and faculty and now offers free classes to Fitness Center cardholders. Obtaining a Fitness Center card is as easy as walking in to the Fitness Center and showing your Cougar Card.

The Fitness Center is located in the basement of the Library Building (VLIB) and is open   Monday through Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Fitness Center is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

The Fitness Center has been remodeled several times in the past. According to Fitness Center Leader, Marcus Dupont, the Fitness Center has expanded since he began attending the university in 2009 and was probably remodeled before 2009. When he started attending WSU Vancouver in 2009, the Fitness Center consisted of only one room with weights. It eventually expanded with the addition of the cardio room, which used to house the student government.

The expansion and remodels of the Fitness Center allowed it to offer a variety of fitness classes. Some classes offered at the Fitness Center include Cycling and Abs, Zumba, Circuit Training, MELT, Not Your Mother’s Pilates and Yoga and Pilates. Dupont said that the difference between Not Your Mother’s Pilates and Yoga and Pilates is that the former was meant to be a more modern version of Pilates and is meant to appeal to everyone, whereas Yoga and Pilates is simply a regular Pilate’s class with a mix of yoga. In addition, MELT is basically a “more derivative form of Pilates,” Dupont said.

Certified students, faculty and staff of WSU Vancouver teach fitness classes. Spring semester are offered from Jan. 31 to May 2.  For the remaining spring semester, the Fitness Center does not plan on adding any more classes. However, more classes might be added next semester if there is any increase in the budget.

If joining a class is not an option, the Fitness Center also offers various exercise equipment such as treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, strength training equipment and selectorized machines. Another option for people who can’t take classes is signing up with a personal trainer. Each training session costs $10 per one 60 minute session. Personal fitness trainers will assist in creating specialized fitness plans and instruct on proper uses of the exercise equipment.

To learn more Fitness Center classes and other services, feel free to contact Marcus Dupont by emailing him at fitnesscenter@vancouver.wsu.edu or 360-546-9271.

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