Volume 95, Issue 33

Wednesday, October 31, 2001
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'Stangs put the hammer to Windsor

Purple and white success

'Boxfit' the hell out of your worst enemy

'Boxfit' the hell out of your worst enemy

By Kasia Sarnecki
Gazette Staff

It's the end of October and midterms are in full force. Everybody is looking to avoid the exam crunch and if the new fall television lineup and trick or treating is not cutting it for you, Western may have the perfect way for you to minimize your stress – Campus Rec.

For those who don't know, Campus Rec is located in the lower level of the University Community Centre. There are over 20 different clubs and aerobics classes designed for people of varied athletic abilities.

Don Morrow, professor of health sciences, said going to the gym is not only about meeting friends, but also a lifestyle change.

"It's about respect for your body, mind and spirit. Exercise revitalizes us, helps us to have a higher quality of life and may reduce the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and high physical stress," he said.

If stress release and increased physical fitness is for you, then the first step is to switch on your computer and surf the net.

"The best way to find out what clubs, teams or activities you want to join, is to browse our web page or visit membership services," Jennifer Myers, the sports co-ordinator at Campus Recreation, said.

According to Myers, the diversity of the gym is a key drawing point. "The gym is so popular because there is something for everyone. It's a great way to relieve stress, take your mind off work and meet people outside of class," she said.

Morrow suggested that before you embark on any physical journey you should have a pre-determined focus. "The individual needs to ask themselves what their goal is: whether it's to improve cardiovascular endurance, muscle conditioning or flexibility," he said.

The recommended cardiovascular workout is three times a week for at least 20 minutes. If you are looking for more of a fat loss program, long, slow, continuous activities are required, not the high endurance of cardio workouts, Morrow added.

One of the most popular classes is the Boxfit workout. Second-year sociology student Nicole Camilleri said she finds Boxfit to be an upbeat way to stay social.

"It's a high energy workout and a great class to go to with friends," Camilleri said.

There are many other classes offered – among the most popular are dance instruction, sports clubs and aerobics. There is also the option of intramurals, with over 10,000 people joining annually.

If you might some one-on-one motivation, perhaps a personal trainer is for you.

Elizabeth Elliot, fitness and dance co-ordinator, explained how you can set up an appoinment with a personal trainer.

"If someone wants to meet with a personal trainer, visit Membership Services Monday to Friday and someone will be glad to help you. Our instructors love what they do. They are enthusiastic and have varied backgrounds," Elliot said.

In the end, the gym offers a place to hang out, keep fit and reduce the stress in your daily life. By the time you're done working out, you will be so revitalized that exams will seem like a joy.

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