By: Madison Jarvis | Photography: Taylor Renner
“New year, new me.” I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard this around campus since January. Whether it’s at the gym, on a crowded bus or in a lecture hall, someone is thinking it. Now more than ever, UGA students want to get fit and healthy. Ramsey is always packed with students swimming laps in the pool, rock climbing or playing a game of pickup basketball on the courts. When I walk past the studios in Ramsey I see packed classes of determined students working out alongside fit, encouraging instructors. These fitness classes that Ramsey offers are part of the All Access schedule. Classes like yoga, cycling, body pump and kickboxing are offered daily.
One of the classes offered is H.I.I.T. Fit (high-intensity interval training). This is a training technique where the body gives one-hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, active recovery periods. This type of training increases the heart rate and burns more fat in less time, increasing metabolism.
“I love teaching H.I.I.T. Fit because it is so versatile, and I can push people to become healthier,” says Allie Faggetter, a senior digital and broadcast journalism major from Cumming.
Body Pump is a class performed to music using free weight plates, barbells and an aerobic step. Participants choose their weights based on the type of exercise and their personal goals. Major muscle groups are worked using a series of compound and isolation-based exercises including squats, presses and deadlifts. Body pump introduces beginners to weight training and stays challenging for those who are more experienced.
“Body pump is a fun and challenging way to work towards my goals at becoming stronger,” says Savannah Allen, a sophomore graphic design major from Augusta. “You will never leave the class not sore.”
Another unique and somewhat new class to Ramsey is TRX yoga. A TRX machine is a long horizontal beam seven feet off the ground that you strap bands on and do exercises suspended from the beam. TRX yoga offers a total-body workout centered on the core and other muscle groups.
“I really love TRX yoga because it’s like nothing I’ve ever done before,” says Sarah Rech, a junior early childhood education major from Cumming. “We warm up with yoga, use the TRX bands for strength conditioning and cool down with yoga again. It’s an awesome workout and definitely one of my favorite classes.”
Ramsey offers classes that cater to everyone. No matter what type of workout you prefer, Ramsey has a class that will satisfy. The classes are not only a fantastic way to get in shape, but they are also a great way to meet new people and experience new types of exercise. So step out of your comfort zone and give the classes at Ramsey a try – your body will thank you for it.