By Ricardo Mendez |Staff Writer|
The CSUSB Student Recreation & Fitness Center (Rec Center) offers various group exercise classes including one of the most popular activities, “Butts-n-Guts.”
This strength training exercise focuses on the glutes and abs, hence its name.
“I would recommend it to others for more motivation,” said biology pre-medicine student Leslie Cardenas.
Classes are held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 203 and vary in duration from 45 minutes to an hour.
Kinesiology major Emily Hill, a Rec Center employee for two years, is the class instructor.
Hill started the workout with small warm ups where the whole class gathered in a circle and ran around the room, then did high kicks and jumping jacks.
Participants then split into groups and started with different drills.
One group worked on legs doing box jumps, burpees and toe taps on steppers.
The other group focused on the midsection doing in n’ outs and different types of planks on Bosu Balls.
After one minute of the drill the groups rotated.
For those who did not know the exercise, the instructor assisted in proper form and practice.
“I like it because you feel you have to push yourself. Everyone else is doing it so you don’t want to let others and yourself down,” said biology pre-medicine major Ricky Campos.
The average class size is usually between 15-25 participants.
“The beginning of the quarter we’re always packed but it dwindles as the quarter goes on especially during midterms and finals,” said Hill.
The class is offered to all shapes and sizes for both men and women, but the majority of the participants are women.
“Maybe because there is more girls, they’ll feel inferior,” said Campos, one of the few males who attend.
There are some breaks in between the exercises to catch your breath before the workout continues.
All you need to participate are comfortable clothes, workout shoes and motivation to finish the workout.
All of the exercises were timed up to one minute, but time seemed to fly because the music was energizing.
The atmosphere did not feel like a fitness class, but more like a club where indie, pop and rock music was played.
Different genres of music were blasted to encourage the maximum effort from every participant.
With this workout you can burn up to 440 calories in as little as an hour.
“I’ve seen results, flatter stomach and less fat,” said Cardenas.
The workouts vary based on Hill’s discretion for that day
“I try to keep it interesting for the people in my class,” said Hill.
After the challenging yet fun routine finished, Hill ended off with a “cool down.”
Butts-n-Guts has been at the Rec Center for years now and is widely recognized by students.
“[The participants] leaving with a smile on their face, because you just made them work their butts off,” Said Hill.
If you’re looking to gain some junk in the trunk, the Rec Center’s Butts-n-Guts class offers just that.