Students encouraged to get physical
Posted Oct. 10, 2008
Steven Bier
After an early lunch, many students gather in the athletics center for a session of step aerobics with Pam Maunakea, athletics departmental business manager. The class lasts for 50 minutes and students receive one unit for participating. At the Sept. 30 session, students Cassandra Juarez, Elizabeth Morales and Pricilla Ogas do their best to keep up with Maunakea and the fast-paced exercise music. Maunakea has been teaching the class at La Verne since 1991.

The University of La Verne is recognized as a source of lifelong learning, but what many people do not realize is that the University also requires students to engage in some type of lifelong physical learning.

“We believe in balancing the thinking aspects of being a human being and the physical aspects of being a human being,” said Paul Alvarez, department chair and clinical supervisor for the athletic training education program.

The Fitness for Life class, required of all students, among other goals, establishes lifelong patterns of fitness and applies scientific concepts to develop a personal fitness program. It requires active participation in various physical activities.

This class fulfills AFFL Lifelong Fitness and GEPE Fitness for Life requirements. It is worth two units.

Students are also encouraged to participate in the physical recreation classes that La Verne has to offer. Some of the classes include step aerobics, kickboxing, advanced fitness training, yoga, pilates, power conditioning and cardio cross training.

These co-ed classes meet two hours a week and appropriate dress is required. The classes are worth one unit and can be taken more than four times but without credit toward graduation.

Most of the classes can be taken by students of any physical background, but for those looking for a more intense work out, Matt Durant’s cardio cross training and advanced fitness training are for you.

“They require more rigorous exercise,” Alvarez said.

All of the physical recreation classes are taught by very well-known instructors, including Bonnie Murphy.

“Bonnie Murphy is our pilates instructor,” Alvarez said. “She is a very well known and respected instructor in the area.”

Virginia Flores, freshman criminology major, is a student in Murphy’s Tuesday and Thursday pilates class.

“I used to do ballet so I wanted to do something else that was along the same lines,” Flores said. “It is a workout, but it is not something you get tired of.”

Flores, like many other students participates in the physical recreation class just to get that one extra unit, but the University encourages students to take advantage of the classes offered for whatever reason.

Janette Vera, a sophomore business major, decided to take step aerobics after taking kickboxing last semester.

“I wanted to try something new since I took kickboxing last semester,” Vera said. “I just try to stay healthy.”

It is not only convenient to attend an exercise class on campus, it is also motivating and might just give you that extra nudge to get out of bed and work out.

Another feature that the University encourages students to use is the newly renovated weight room. The movement and sports science department has been working on increasing the weight room hours and plans to continue.

“We encourage students, faculty and staff to utilize that,” Alvarez said.

And although the actual gymnasium is often occupied by ULV’s sports teams, students are allowed and encouraged to shoot some hoops when it is unoccupied.

So whether you take a class, hit the weights or shoot some hoops, MSS invites students to utilize the facilities offered.

Madison Steff can be reached at madison.steff@laverne.edu.

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