Check out RU’s Aerobics classes!

Why go to an Aerobics class at Radford University?

They’re actually pretty fun. (Surprising, isn’t it?) Some are dance related classes. Most are set to music, which is nice, and doing some heavy exercise is a good way to unwind at the end of a hard, harrowing day.

Two or three Aerobics classes a week can keep the freshman 15 at bay. No one likes waking up in the morning, stepping on the scale, and realizing that what used to be a firm core is now a bowl of jelly surrounded by the atrophied remains of what used to be well-worked muscles. As a collective student body, most of us can agree that some of the food offerings at RU are less than healthy. A week of eating at the Dalton can turn your freshman 15 into your freshman 25, and it’s easier to stay fit than to get fit.

So which class is for you? That depends on what you want from your aerobics class.

Do you like dancing? Then you’ll probably like Zumba or Kaliente Dance Fitness, both of which incorporate fun dance moves into a rigorous workout. Kaliente Dance provides a cardiovascular workout to music from around the world. The music for Zumba is more Latin-inspired and tends to focus on muscle tone rather than cardio.

Yoga is a great way to decrease stress. Photo from Creative Commons.

Do you want to increase your muscle mass? Then try R.I.P.P.E.D. (Resistance, Interval, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, Diet),  which incorporates weight training with an aerobic workout.. R.I.P.P.E.D. is more of a high-impact Aerobics class, so if you’re just trying to get fit that might not be the class for you.

If you want something that’s doesn’t use that weird zen-y music, then you should try PiYo, which is like a blend of pilates and yoga. PiYo’s great for an all-around workout, but if you want to focus on certain parts of your body it might be beneficial to combine that class with regular gym attendance.

If you want something that will make doing rigorous daily tasks easier, then Functional Fitness might be your pick.

Either way, choose a class based on what you enjoy and what you need.

Bring some friends – you WILL look stupid when first getting started, so it’s generally a good idea to have two or three people willing to look stupid with you.

And remember: Don’t get lost! All of the Aerobics classes are located in the same room (Peters Hall C019). You can find more information under the Student Activities portal in MyRU.