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Student Chelsea Naglic leads students and community members in a session of Zumba dance exercise.

Sideline Story:

Working Out Outside of the Gym

By: Genna Welsh Kasun '06

Issue: Winter 2013

Photo: Courtesy: Chelsla Naglie '14

All Juniata students—whether varsity athletes, fitness enthusiasts, or recreational users—have free access to Juniata's Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center, which houses racquetball courts, over 100 pieces of strength, cardio, and free-weight equipment, and a full-time training staff. But, even though Juniata's training facility rivals many Division III facilities in the country, students don't always feel like going to the gym, even a really cool one. Turns out our students have found some creative, communal ways to burn calories.

Zumba

Zumba is a fun and exciting way to work out that doesn't feel like you're working out. You're having fun. The slogan—'Ditch the workout and join the party'—describes Zumba pretty well. Unlike going to the gym, I want to go to Zumba. And, I sweat more and get a better workout. The key is to remember that anyone can do it. You don't need a dance background. Just start with your feet, and then add your arms. After the first class, you'll just go with it.
—Chelsea Naglic '14, certified Zumba instructor.
Zumba is held weekly from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Juniata Dance Studio, which holds 40 to 50 students and is usually packed, except during finals.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is really two things— it's a holistic health practice that promotes balance and relaxation, and it is also a traditional martial art that involves Chinese philosophy and kung-fu. My students really enjoy getting out to practice the moves and a lot of them have told me they are better balanced as a result of doing the movements.
—Phil Dunwoody, Associate Professor of Psychology and a nationally affiliated teacher with Yang's Martial Arts Association.
Dunwoody has incorporated Tai Chi into his China Today course, a theatre course and a special session of Juniata's Inbound program, which orients incoming freshmen to campus life.

Biking Club

I really enjoy watching a rider who is new to the group grow and become a better rider. I also like taking on that one tough section of trail that no one can seem to get through. You keep riding it until someone finally makes it through, and, when you succeed, you have the support of some of your closest friends.
—Caleb McMullen '14, president of the Juniata Biking Club.
The Biking Club frequents Raystown Lake's Allegrippis Trails, which meet the International Mountain Biking Association's standards. The club also takes advantage of many back roads surrounding campus.