If working out alone seems too intimidating and a friendly environment is vital in an exercise regimen, the drop-in fitness classes at the Cal State Fullerton Student Recreation Center are a welcoming environment for all Titans.
The drop-in fitness classes are free to members of the SRC and are available Monday through Sunday. The fitness segments last an hour and offer a wide array of classes with various difficulties. All courses are lead by instructors to encourage maximum participation and a healthy work out, while also creating a welcoming setting for members.
Alain Bourgault, group exercise and rock wall coordinator, coordinates the schedule for the drop-in fitness classes and is also a yoga instructor for the SRC. Bourgault has noticed a good amount of participation in the drop-in classes, especially from the flow yoga and Zumba classes.
Bourgault has been working for CSUF for the past five years and is one of two instructors for the yoga drop-in classes. In addition to working for the SRC, Bourgault is also an alumnus of Cal State Fullerton, receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2000 and 2005 respectively.
“I think the most popular classes tend to be the yoga and Zumba classes, hands down.” Bourgault said. “The spin classes are pretty popular too even though we don’t have them in the most popular time slots. The program has done really well and it’s a great service and tool for people that want to get into shape and have support. I think the drop-in fitness classes generally tend to be a chance for people to have social interaction and camaraderie as they are exercising their guts, butts and thighs.”
April Park, 21, child and adolescent development major, started taking drop-in fitness classes during the spring 2012 semester and is also currently taking Zumba, cardio kickboxing and a cycling class.
“I started taking the classes last semester, Zumba and kickboxing, and it was really good,” Park said. “I liked both the classes and I dropped 30 pounds because of the classes so it was really good. Since there are more people doing it; it’s kind of more motivating. I can’t work out by myself because it gets boring.”
Student feedback is not completely positive however. Amy Adams, 21, pre-medical student, said that the instructors in some of the drop-in classes are not loud or encouraging enough.
“The instructor could speak more in the cycle class…the teacher wasn’t really talking,” Adams said. “Speaking up, being louder and explaining more about what’s going on and more motivation is good for the class dynamic.”
Cardio-kickboxing instructor Nam Xiong is starting her first semester at the SRC drop-in classes and has noticed a large number of students in her classes. Xiong is aware of the importance that a steady workout regimen can mean for a person, especially when it comes to a healthier lifestyle, stress relief and better sleeping patterns.
“Every session is a full class, the students are very dedicated and they stayed the whole class,” Xiong said. “As the semester gets busy, it’s very important that they exercise of a regular basis because it relieves stress…when they actually incorporate exercise into their daily program it will motivate them to eat healthy, to sleep well, try to do healthy stuff and it’s going to help them in the long run.”
The SRC has over 40 hours of drop-in classes available each week and has 11 different classes to choose from, ranging from pilates to cardio kickboxing.