Muscles were strained and limbs were stretched on the Greenspace as the Campus Recreation held a “Butts and Guts” class as the second event of their Move series.
Junior Laini Vermillion, a fitness instructor at the rec, said that the purpose of having a workout class on the Greenspace is to promote group fitness. Due to the proximity to the student center and Tiger Transit hub, The Greenspace was chosen for its frequent foot traffic and central location.
Around two dozen students participated in the workout.
“I really wanted to like exercise with my friends,” said freshman Brittany Whitstine, “I think it’s awesome to be out here on the Greenspace with everybody, it’s really cool to like get involved and stay fit.”
Campus Recreation provided mats, cold water, and snacks for everyone at the event.
“I really like to go to the Rec and I saw the poster,” said freshman Ella McCary, “It’s perfect weather so why work out in the rec when you can come out here and do it.”
Three instructors demonstrated exercises at the front, and one used a mic to shout encouragement and instructions.
“We have like core, working our core, then lower body, also the reverse of our core which is our lower back,” said fitness instructor and sophomore Bailey Gough.
Aubie came for a part of the workout and did some of the exercises. Aubie had some issues keeping form, but the instructors were glad to help him. He was also the DJ for a few minutes and took selfies with the fitness instructors.
“We just really wanted to support the community and the rec center and help them with this event,” said Rosemary Shelton, Aubie’s director of scheduling.
After around forty minutes of “butts and guts,” the Assistant Director of Group Fitness, Christy Coleman, led a quick of a session of BollyX workouts. “It’s a Bollywood inspired dance-fitness class,” said Coleman.
Coleman said that BollyX classes at the Rec use a lot of eastern dance styles like traditional and Indian folk dance.
Auburn’s radio station WEGL provided the speakers and sound system.
“I like upbeat music”, said Vermillion, “It depends on the workout you’re doing, contemporary, we have a mixture of pop and early 2000s.”
The workout ended at almost exactly an hour with a quick cooldown.
“I’m not the most fit but I’m trying to,” said freshman Katie Burdine after the workout, “I thought it was really good, it was really fun.”
As the final part of the Move series, the War Eagle Warrior Challenge will be held on Oct. 17 on the Greenspace.