By Gabriella Levine
This term, the Alumni Gym introduced spinning classes to the campus community.
Nine spinning instructors were hired to lead the classes, which are offered at a variety of times Monday through Friday.
Currently, 105 people are enrolled in the classes.
Instructor profile: Amy Jessup
Amy has been teaching group fitness classes since graduating from Union in 1987.
She became a certified instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) in 1992.Amy continues to maintain that certification, in addition to CPR/AED.
She currently teaches mostly step aerobics and sculpting, but is experienced in spinning®, kickboxing and Hi-Lo as well. Amy also teaches at the Greater Glenville YMCA.
From the editor: Tips for a good spin
– Don’t sit in the very back row:
Even though you may be tempted to avoid the first row of seats for your first time, go sit towards the front and you will get a better view of the instructor. Your instructor is your best guide for your spinning success.
– Bring water:
Staying hydrated is very important. It will help energize you during your workout and give your muscles more flexibility.
– Don’t go faster than the veterans:
Pedaling faster than the veterans or your instructor does very little for a proper spinning workout. When you work out, focus on intensity over speed.
– Expect a vigorous workout:
You may burn up to 400 calories per 45 minutes of instruction. While each class varies from the next, you are guaranteed to get a hardcore workout.