Fitness, Friends and Family

Warhawk Fitness and Aquatics is more than just rec sports, intramural sports, spirit programs, working out and club sports. It is about building a family and making memories in each department and program. When participating in Warhawk Fitness and Aquatics in any program, individuals can feel more a part of the program and feel more like a family with their program and individuals in it. Many individuals who just work for Warhawk Fitness and Aquatics have made so many friends, memories, and moments that they will remember with people who mean a lot to them.

            Kate Mislivecek, the Group Fitness Student Manager and Instructor for Yoga, Core, Below the Belt, Cycling, Triple Threat, PiYo, and Anything Goes says in a video interview for group fitness that “coming to group fitness classes or programs is a super fun way to work out and meet new people to build relations and make awesome memories.” Kate has worked for Warhawk Fitness for 9 semesters and has met a ton of individuals who have become lifelong friends of hers and people she has built great connections with. Along with Kate, there are many other students and facility who consider their sport, workout team or coworkers more than individuals or friends, but as family.

            Many programs at UW-Whitewater that are not even a part of Warhawk Fitness consider their close contacts to be more like family. In an article called “Friends Are Like Family”, the author states “Just as literal families, friends who are like family can bring not only happiness but also the family we choose. They are there for us when we need them and not only like us but love us.” It is important to surround yourself with friends who are more like family in any program, living arrangement, organization or work because of the love, support and comfort they bring in both good and bad times.

            I am lucky enough to be a part of many programs and organizations such as Warhawk Fitness that brings me close friends that are more like family. It is important to feel closeness to both friends and family because it can help individuals have a better and healthier well-being and mental state. My best piece of advice is to join jobs, organizations or programs to meet people who love and support you because they see you as family!

Start Strong, Finish Stronger

Emma O’Connor

Pedal Power

“4…3…2…1, LETS GO”, “There’s a reason you came through those doors”, “This is a challenge by choice”, “Let’s go, push yourself. You can do this!” and many more are just some of the inspirational and motivating quotes you will hear when attending a group fitness cycling class in the University Fitness studio. The group fitness instructors (in general too) that teach cycling are amazing! They motivate you to do YOUR best and help you achieve your mile goal, calorie goal, and anything else that you set for yourself. This class is deigned to push yourself to your limit for your cardiovascular fitness. Each class you attend can be with different instructors as well as different fitness/workout plans that are already set up and created for you. This is a high intensity class that was everyone to walk out those doors feeling better than before.

            For myself, I started going to cycling for the first time this year when the indoor ironman started in order for me to get a good chunk of my miles in. When I first started going, I would get around 12 miles to then an average of 15 miles. My most recent class, I earned 21.6 miles. I really enjoy going to cycling because of the motivation the instructors send out, the upbeat and motivating music, and the fact that each cycling class I have been too has different techniques, styles, and lessons to get miles in. Each class and instructor make the class so different and so much fun that I will continue to go to cycling even after the indoor ironman is over.

            Group indoor cycling is located in the University Fitness Center in the basement of Wells hall. A water bottle is required to come to class, and it is recommended to bring a sweat towel to wipe away all the hard work. You can call and guarantee yourself a bike at (262)-472-1260. If coming to cycling, it is recommended to get there around 5-10 minutes prior to the class starting to check in and get ready for the class. There are three one-hour cycling classes a week along with two forty-five-minute cycling classes a week. Cycling is offered every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 5:30pm as well as Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30pm for forty-five minutes. If you want an awesome, challenging and motivating workout, this is the class for you! Below is the group fitness schedule link and the group fitness cycling class description with a mini video, so check those out! Group fitness is challenge by choice, so make the choice and come to group indoor cycling!

Emma O’Connor

Start Strong, Finish Stronger

https://www.uww.edu/groupfitness#Classes

https://www.uww.edu/groupfitness#Classes#cycling

Group Fitness Classes

For some individuals, making workouts fun can be a challenge. Some just want the time to pass and for it to go by fast rather than enjoy what is happening and the challenge of getting fit with a positive attitude and having fun. Warhawk fitness offers a variety of group fitness classes and other fun fitness opportunities for students and community members to participate in. There are multiple group fitness classes with multiple ways to attend. If you are only interested in getting a day pass and trying it out, you have that possibility for $5, weekly $20 and monthly $45. If you want just a group fitness pass, that is an option too for $45 a semester as well as just a cycling option for $30 a semester. If you are a Whitewater community member, there are different memberships statuses with different prices (all this information will be in the link below). With each of these purchases, they can be paid by cash, check, purple points or student billing in the Recreation Sports Office in the William’s Center. There are multiple group fitness classes to participate in. They go from a total body workout to a total body fun workout. Below is the link for the following group fitness classes Warhawk fitness offers.

https://www.uww.edu/groupfitness

            Group classes are just one way to enhance your workout to more than just getting it done. Love some of these group fitness classes so much you want to teach them? Now is your chance too! We are hiring for group fitness instructors. The link is below for those interested. Besides group fitness classes, there are other ways Warhawk Fitness offers to keep pushing yourself and to have a fun workout.  This year’s Indoor Ironman is happening soon. This is another opportunity to individuals to stay motivated with their workout goals and to have fun with it. It gives individuals the opportunity to be competitive and compete with themselves. You MUST register on 10/22 online and it will close on 11/22 at 9pm. There are log sheets in the different facilities for individuals to keep track of their progress. All the of the distance you complete for this must be done in the Whitewater gyms/facilities. With this fun opportunity, there is biking, running and swimming. Individuals must bike 112 miles, run, walk or elliptical 26 miles as well as swim 2 miles (132 laps) of the pool. The information for all of these classes and Indoor Ironman can be found in the links below and the digital media slides below. Good luck to all the participants and to everyone looking to spice up their workouts and remember to have fun!

Emma O’Connor

Start strong, finish stronger

https://www.uww.edu/recsports/about/employment

https://www.uww.edu/groupfitness#PricesPassOptionsPolicies

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IndoorIronmanF2019

Benefits of Yoga vs. Gym Workouts

Going to the gym has always been the “standard” place to get your workout in.  Besides recently new at home workout remedies along with programmed bikes/treadmills, working out and lifting weights at a workout facility was the place to be and the norm for “getting fit.” However, yoga workouts have skyrocketed in popularity within the last few years.  More and more athletes, celebrities and everyday people are appreciating the true benefits, mentally and physically, about yoga.  In today’s blog, I’ll be listing the differences and benefits between a yoga workout and a gym workout in hopes it will inspire you to try something new and learn some valuable information.

YOGA:

Benefits: Explanation:
1) Yoga benefits the
mind, body, and
soul
Yoga not only helps you tone your muscles but also focuses on
bringing awareness to your whole body and inject positive
energy
into yourself. A gym workout really only focuses on improving
your body’s physical condition.
2) Yoga will make
you lean
Yoga stretches and strengthens your muscles
simultaneously which causes you to appear more lean.  When lifting weights, that causes your muscles to bulk up and look
larger.
3) Yoga is more
efficient
Yoga relies on your whole entire body for strengthening.
Gym workouts use weights and equipment (with only a few exceptions). In yoga, you use your entire body weight as“weights.” Unlike at the gym, your muscles are isolated by being worked individually which can take more time to build.
4) Yoga is calming/reduces stress/improves concentration Yoga focuses on connecting your mind, body and spirit into
one workout.(And if you haven’t tried it, it’s harder than you
think.) 
You have to focus on performing everything with intention
while following and paying attention to your breathing. 
Feeling each movement and muscles of your body being
worked.

GYM:

Benefits: Explanation:
1) Wide variety of workouts you can do While at the gym, you have a large selection of equipment and space to use to create your own workout.  With yoga, it normally follows a standard format.
2) Builds
muscle/makes
you bulk
At the gym, you normally use weights or equipment to break down your muscles so they can build back up bigger and stronger. With yoga, the practice strengthens and stretches your body instead.
3) Can be too
rigorous or
harmful to your
body
Going to the gym and doing intense weight lifting or cardio can be harmful to your body.  Yoga helps all aspects of your body by engaging your muscles, brain, and breathing.
4) Going to the gym allows you to potentially burn calories and sweat more When working out at a high intensity, your body burns more calories and makes you sweat more.  The can help with weight loss, circulation, and purging toxins in your body.  Unlike yoga where you are purposely trying to lower your heart rate and calm your mind/body.

Some people may still not be a fan of taking a yoga class or consider it a real workout.  However, if you haven’t already, check out Warhawk Group Fitness Yoga classes hosted everyday in the dance studio at the Williams Center!  Obviously there is always more to learn about completing workouts in the gym or by doing yoga so if you’re interested, learn more about the topics here:

https://www.doyouyoga.com/15-reasons-yoga-is-better-than-the-gym/

https://www.naturalremedieshome.com/yoga-versus-gym

As always, stay fit, stay healthy, stay beautiful, Warhawks!

Talk soon,

Ashley