Regina Beckwith (from left), YMCA group exercise instructor, goes over proper weightlifting techniques with Gwendolyn Tenney, a student from Canton, Ga., and Mary Beth Bearden, Reinhardt’s administrative assistant for records, registration and advisement and a resident of Waleska, Ga., in a group exercise sculpting class at Reinhardt College. The College recently partnered with the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA to offer Group X, an on-campus group exercise program, for Reinhardt students, faculty and staff.
Things are “shaping up” at Reinhardt College. The College recently partnered with the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA to offer Group X, an on-campus group exercise program, for Reinhardt students, faculty and staff.
Tracy Heimerl, group exercise coordinator for the YMCA, believes that the partnership between Reinhardt College and the YMCA will benefit the entire community.
"It's a Win-Win Situation for Everyone Involved."
“I hope that by offering the Group X classes at the College, students, faculty and staff will become aware of all that the YMCA has to offer,” she said. “We are informing our members of the partnership so that they can know what great things that Reinhardt is doing for its community. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
The College’s partnership with the YMCA developed after Reinhardt explored adding an on campus group exercise program. Walter May, Reinhardt’s assistant dean of students and director of student activities, said results from several surveys showed that students wanted the convenience of on-campus classes that they normally wouldn’t have time to attend or couldn’t afford; this was the starting point for creating the Group X program.
Instilling a Life-Long Commitment to Healthy Living
“It was important for Reinhardt to establish a group exercise program as part of instilling in community members a desire for life-long learning and commitment to healthy living,” said May. “By students, faculty and staff working out together, there is an opportunity to maintain that sense of a team atmosphere.”
To create the program, Reinhardt needed the funds, facilities, equipment and instructors. The implementation of a Student Activities Fee allowed the College to renovate the weight room where the classes are held, purchase the needed class equipment—yoga mats, resistance balls, step platforms—and contract with the YMCA to provide overall coordination and instructors.
Expressing Positive Feedback
The exercises classes began this fall and have seen a high participation level. Several participants have already expressed positive feedback; Caitlyn Crippin, a senior from Conyers, Ga., says that she “loves the night workouts,” while Kirsten Mazur, executive administrative assistant to the vice president for finance and administration, values that the classes fit into her schedule to work out during lunch so she doesn’t have to take time away from her family after work.
The Group X program, which offers classes for the Reinhardt community four days a week, includes classes in pilates, yoga, core conditioning and zumba; all classes are taught by YMCA nationally certified group exercise instructors.
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