In theory, a new year’s resolution is a great way to re-center and reprioritize for a new year and new semester. Unfortunately, many ambitious goals made in the first week of January tend to dissolve due to a lack of motivation or a lack of resources. However, if a healthier lifestyle was part of your new year’s resolution this year, you now have less valid excuses for not getting out there and pursuing your goals. Starting early last semester, Rutgers Recreation made the flex pass free for student use. Now, students have unlimited access to a large variation of fitness classes, many of which are taught by fellow students. Get to know the students who can motivate you to fulfill your fitness goals this year.
Cassie Frustaci / Communication / Class of 2017
Fitness Resolution for 2017: Spin regularly and eat more green stuff.
What inspires you to work out: I tell myself the same thing I tell my students when they enter class: “You are in control.” Working out reminds me that I am in control of creating myself and the meaning of my life (not to get all “I’m-a-philosophy-minor on you”). Sometimes I misplace this knowledge in the midst of the hustle and bustle of managing work, academics, job interviews, Netflix bingeing, relationships, etc. resulting in a feeling of defeat. When I work out, though, I regain the reins of my world and I leave feeling empowered and energized.
What do you hope people take out of your class: Many times students come to class motivated to change some part of their bodies so they can better love themselves. I’ve been guilty of this too, where I think something along the lines of, “Ok, once I have a tighter stomach I’ll really love the way I look.” After some months, the stomach is tighter, but we inevitably find the next thing to be insecure about. This cycle only continues until we’ve decided to NOT put loving ourselves on hold. Just because you love yourself does not mean you are satisfied and don’t seek change – in fact, it often means the opposite. You should come to class because you love yourself. You want to be stronger and that’s why you show up and commit to conquering such a challenging workout. I remind my students that this is their class, not mine, and when they walk in the door, they accept the responsibility to take control of their workout and not only find their walls but climb them (figuratively, of course – we don’t climb walls in our classes here).
Why should students take advantage of the fitness classes: Three reasons: Firstly, when we pay tuition, we pay to be Rutgers students, and with this privilege comes access to over 100 fitness classes that, outside of college, cost hundreds of dollars. So, it’s best to attend them now while you (or someone who reallllly loves you) is already paying for them. Secondly, our time at Rutgers is about learning outside of the classroom as much (if not more) as inside. Develop your fitness game now so that when you graduate, you know what kinds of classes motivate you, how to properly lift weights, navigate a fitness center in a gym, and best take care of yourself. Thirdly, you don’t have to think when you come to class – instructors do that for you! We create the workout, put together the music, and we motivate and support you.
Joshua Tedesco, Materials Science and Engineering, Class of 2017
Your fitness resolutions for 2017: After recovering for the past two years from two serious knee injuries, I plan to come back strong in 2017 and push my body to the limit. I train for speed, power, and performance, and I am excited to see just how far I can push myself.
What always inspires you to work out: While injured I felt sluggish, almost like my movements were restrained. Knowing that I can move faster and more swiftly throughout my everyday life is what pushes me back into the gym day after day. The freedom to move (literally) through life at full speed inspires me to work out.
What do you hope people take out of your class: First, I hope that my participants learn the proper form and technique that they need to ultimately succeed in their fitness goals, whatever they may be. When they finally reach those goals, I hope they learn to redefine their definition of “hard work”, and never aim at a stationary goal. I have the utmost faith in my participants and wish for them to reach their fullest potential in everything they may do.
Why should students take advantage of the fitness classes: The flex pass is an amazing opportunity to find the motivation to work out. Working out alone can be boring, tedious, and stressful, but with group fitness classes there is literally an entire room of people (a team) that show up each week to get one step closer to achieving their goals and living healthier lifestyles.
Jamie Zajac, Accounting, May 2017
Your fitness resolutions for 2017: During 2017 I want to work on my flexibility and train for a ½ marathon.
What always inspires you to work out: I love the feeling after a workout, it helps me accomplish more every day and sleep better at night. I also love exploring different ways to workout to keep it interesting and exciting.
What do you hope people take out of your class: I want people to be motivated and inspired to continue fitness on their own when the class ends. I want to share resources and knowledge so they can take exercise with them beyond the classes I teach.
Why should students take advantage of the fitness classes: Taking classes is a great way to meet people and get involved in a different aspect of the Rutgers community. There are so many different types of classes offered all over Rutgers and at varying times to meet the needs and interests of all Rutgers affiliates. Also, don’t forget that the fitness classes are already paid for in your tuition and fees.
All the fitness classes are completely free and are offered at recreation centers across all campuses at different. Classes range from beginner friendly to advanced and offer a range of different types of activities.
Bhavna is recent Rutgers graduate who majored in computer science. She likes to take pictures of food and watch videos of fluffy dogs try to hop down flights of stairs.