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Pump-kin it up! Rec and Wellness offers new fitness classes, nutrition workshops

Written by: Cynthia Anaya

Fall is a great time to get fit. University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) makes it easy with its many amenities, fitness classes, personal training options, and recreational sports. The Rec Center opened its doors in August 2018 and now meets the wellness needs of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members every week. Continuing with this mission, it recently launched new group fitness classes and events, including the first-ever Halloween-themed Pumpkin Fit class. New nutrition services are also available this semester.

When life gives you pumpkins, lift weights! The new Pumpkin Fit class will take place on Friday, October 27, from 5-6 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Studio 2. Pumpkins of various sizes will be used in place of weights. Exercises will include squats, curls, and crunches, to name a few. So, if you’re looking for a fun, memorable way to work out and get into the fall harvest feeling, this class may be just enough to do the trick. Costumes are welcome and encouraged.

The Rec Center typically offers 20-25 weekly group classes, which are taught by certified instructors, most of whom are UHCL students. Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness Michelle Mirpuri describes these classes as a great opportunity to get a well-rounded workout in a fun, social setting.

“We offer a variety of classes that improve cardiovascular endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility,” she said. “Plus, the instructors are motivating, the music is energizing, and the classes are right here on campus offered at times convenient for an after-work or after-class workout.”

In addition to the new Pumpkin Fit class this semester are the Stretch & Roll, High Low with Margo, and Barbell Strength classes. The popular Zumba, Total Body, and Cardio Kettlebell will also be available. These options will be available until Saturday, December 23.

Exercise is crucial to your overall health, but nutrition is equally important. That’s why the Rec Center is pleased to now offer nutrition consultation packages and workshops with a certified nutrition coach. Learn more about plant-based nutrition, cooking healthy for the holidays, and how to eat right when you’re stressed out.

“The nutrition workshops provide tips to individuals to fuel their bodies and minds,” Mirpuri said. “We want our community to understand the role nutrition plays in focusing the mind and having energy for physical activity. Our nutrition workshops will cover various topics of interest, and our nutrition consultations will provide more individualized strategies.”

All workshops are free to members. One-on-one nutrition consultation packages range from $30-$80 and include either basic meal guidelines or an individual meal plan. These packages are also available exclusively for RWC members and UHCL students.

The full group fitness class schedule can be found at www.uhcl.edu/student-affairs/health-wellness/campus-recreation/fitness/gfschedoct.pdf. To learn more about the Rec Center’s nutrition services, go to www.uhcl.edu/student-affairs/health-wellness/campus-recreation/fitness/nutrution-services