By Lily Perez |Staff Writer|
The CSUSB Recreation and Fitness Center (Rec Center) hosted Haunted Group Exercise on Oct. 30, a fitness event to welcome in the Halloween spirit.
Students were invited to come and show off their favorite costumes, while dancing to Halloween-inspired music, all while getting a good workout.
The day-long event put a twist on their regular scheduled classes, in hopes of motivating students to participate and get fit.
The Rec Center staff pulled out all the stops and went crazy with their Halloween décor to bring out the Halloween spirit.
Coyotes showed up to their fitness classes and seemed to enjoy the décor, but decided to leave their spooky costumes at home. “Mostly individuals that come to our classes, they come to get a good workout, they come to sweat and so from what I’ve heard from the past participants is they don’t want to sweat out their costumes,” said Fitness Coordinator Barry Greene Jr.
“A lot of them just prefer to see more of like the decorations so that’s why we’re taking that approach more this year,” said Greene.
Coyotes wore their regular workout gear and went hardcore on their workout, sweating and pushing through the pain.
The only thing that was spooked from the Haunted Group Exercise classes was the students’ muscles after engaging in some grueling exercises.
The TRX class incorporated cycling, weights and steps to keep students’ heart rates going.
Most of the class consisted of a four-station rotation where students did squats, arm and leg exercises.
Greene’s encouraging words did not go unnoticed and he joined students during their workouts to keep them motivated.
“What keeps me motivated is walking down the street with shorts and not feeling everything jiggle. That’s what keeps me motivated,” said senior Corinna Ordonez.
Although the class was missing some spooky tunes to go with the Halloween spirit, the playlist was successful in keeping students in the zone.
The playlist consisted of artists like Drake, Iggy Azalea and EDM tunes to amp up the classroom’s mood.
The TRX class had a small turnout, but those who showed up welcomed the Halloween spirit and enjoyed the class.
“I really like this, I’m always trying to bring people,” said Ordonez.
The Haunted Group Exercise seemed to be well-received by students, and was successful in keeping students motivated and having fun while getting in a good workout.
“We do events like this you know just to try to put them into the spirit, whatever the time of year is,” said Greene.
The fitness classes can be a challenge, but instructors welcome students of all workout levels to join the fun.
“We try to make sure that we convey our instruction to not just the top dog in the class; we’re trying to make sure that we have all fitness levels, whether it be beginner, intermediate or expert,” said Greene.
Although the Halloween season is over there will always be new and exciting events for the Rec Center for the rest of the quarter.
Students are encouraged to attend one of the many Rec Center’s weekly scheduled classes, you can learn more by visiting the Rec Center website.