Ping offers variety of programs to help students stay healthy

As students return to campus for a new semester many have New Year’s resolutions on their minds. Ping Center is offering various programs and workshops this semester to help students reach their goals of getting fit during 2013.

Ping will be offering programs from triathlon training to weightlifting competitions to Zumbathons.

Marissa Dienstag, fitness director at Ping, said the staff at Ping is focused on getting more students and community members involved in all the different programs and classes that the recreation center offers.

“We are trying to hit every demographic in fitness and provide something for everyone,” she said.

Dienstag added that many of the programs have been tweaked and updated. One such program is “Biggest Loser,” which is a six-week $35 program that includes pre and post assessments, workouts, challenges and guest speakers. The program begins on Jan. 26.

Dana Santoro, a graduate student and assistant for the fitness program, will be overseeing the program, which has been done in the past. Santoro said changes have been made so it will be different than past years.

“It (Biggest Loser) hasn’t been very successful in the past so we hope the changes will improve the program,” Santoro said.

Similar changes are being made to the Triathlon Training program, which will cost $30 and run Feb. 18-April 26.

“Ping has offered a similar program to the Triathlon Training, but this program is really specific to people who are interested in competing in a triathlon,” Dienstag said.

Ping will offer a weightlifting competition with a cost of $5 on March 23, which Dienstag said hasn’t been offered for “a couple of years.”

Two Zumbathons will be offered this semester, one on March 19, which is free, and the other on April 6, costing $5, during Mom’s Weekend.

“Zumbathons are one of our most popular events,” Dienstag said.

Students have also been taking advantage of the weight room, group fitness classes and cardio equipment at the start of the new semester, according to Dienstag.

“It is always more crowded at the beginning of a semester,” Dienstag said. “Students have New Year’s resolutions and some are getting a head start on getting fit before spring break.”

Dienstag said she hopes that as the semester continues, students will continue to come to Ping not only to do their usual workouts, but also to come to the events and programs.

“These programs have such a range of activities and they are going to be a lot of fun for not only athletes, but for all students and community members,” Dienstag said.


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