Campus Chronicles: Revamped Fitness Classes Draw More Students To The Plex
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 23:09
The Plex: every student is guilty of complaining about it at one point or another. Lamenting its size, condemning its machinery, or generally trashing its lack of aesthetic appeal. There’s no doubt about it, the Plex receives the brunt of Boston College’s grievances. Regardless of its apparent inferiority to other buildings on campus, however, we continue to visit our precious Plex day in and day out. For a student body that collectively “hates” the Plex, we certainly do seem to take advantage of its offerings.
Perhaps it is simply the early September ambition that has more students than ever before filing in and out of the BC Plex, but chances are, the hype is the result of the revamped Group Fitness program just implemented this fall. With a total of seven new types of fitness classes and an entirely new spin room, the “detestable” Plex is definitely making strides toward student wide approval.
Prior to this year, many students felt that the group fitness classes lacked enthusiasm and appeal. The old spin room was dark and dismal, the machinery outdated, and the yoga classes bland and unchallenging. This year, however, the Plex has introduced an energy to its group fitness program that has students nearly knocking one another out to take the last spot in the back of that Yogalates class.
Newly introduced fitness classes include HIIT (high intensity interval training), TBC-Step (total body conditioning with step), Spinoga (a combination of spinning and yoga), the popular new Barre Fitness class, and countless more. The spinning classes have also begun to offer three different lengths of workouts (30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minutes), allowing students to cater their sweat sessions to their personal schedules. The introduction of classes such as Zumba, Barre, and Yogalates has finally given students the chance to try out that “fun” new approach to working out that all of their mom’s fit friends have been raving about. Hence the Plex has risen in popularity and the group fitness classes have become more crowded than ever before.
Herein lies the problem. As of now, the only group fitness classes that actually require students to call and sign up for a spot are those that take place in the spin room. Especially at peak times like early Monday evenings, demand for these spin classes can get so high that the instructors are forced to place as many as seven or eight people on the alternate list. This sign up system is more or less effective in terms of avoiding all out war over the chance to pedal a stationary bike for an hour. Most of the time, those who have signed up follow through and attend the class. The first few people on the alternate list, then, arrive early in the hopes that they can take the spot of the lazy student who failed to cancel their reservation.
Interested in signing up for Spin? It’s as easy as calling down to the equipment desk at the Plex and giving them your name—no forms or fees required. For those of you interested in testing out one of the newer, hyped up Plex fitness classes such as Barre Fitness or HIIT, however, I advise you to be wary of the lacking sign up system. The multipurpose rooms that host these classes are smaller than they ought to be, and the number of students shuffling in last minute in blissful confidence that they will have a spot are far too many. Chances are, the Plex will soon come to the realization that it’s actually becoming a desired destination and decide to implement sign-up policies for several more fitness classes. Until then, early arrival for most classes is a definite must. Oh, and if you have your own yoga mat, bring that too. Otherwise you may end up engaging in an all out yoga tug-of-war. Opposite of zen.