By Dana Amihere
Since February 1, students have been hitting the gym for the Student Recreation Council’s 2010 Fitness Challenge. The concept is simple: work out and win big. Students signed up for three fitness level goals, Bronze, Silver, or Gold.
GOLD = 280 total points (app. 1 hour per day, 70 points per week)
SILVER = 210 total points (app. 5 hour per week, 53 points per week)
BRONZE = 140 total points (app. 3.5 hour per week, 35 points per week)
With each progressive level, the fitness goals become more intense. Workout activities are recorded by point values. For example, an hour of yoga or a half hour swim will earn you ten points. An activity guide lists more examples of exercise and their point values.
SRC is encouraging student-athletes to participate with an added incentive. Recognizing the large commitment of time and energy that athletes already make, in-season athletes for a spring sport will be given half of the points towards their final goal for week in which they participate. Students can also earn credit (ten points) for just attending any varsity game.
SRC president Lindsey Ambegia says, “We are trying to encourage a greater level of fitness and health on campus. We’re not asking people to work out more but to track what they are [already] doing and to become more aware, in hopes that they will continue to work out.”
The Fitness Challenge ends on March 1. The class which accumulates the most points will receive a special class cup. Additionally, the top individual point winners for each level and those who reach their goal will be recognized on Award Day later in the spring. There will also be raffle drawings from the names of students who take a class or do their workouts at Matthews Athletic Center. Each time you sign in, you are entered to win.