Beck Turns Up H.E.A.T. with Group Fitness

by Rachel Williams

Since January 2002, the Beck Center has been home for recreation, fitness activities, varsity and intramural sports, and the physical education and exercise science programs in the Transylvania community.

An aspect of the Beck Center, of which perhaps people are not as aware, is its group fitness programs.

“The classes are offered every week, but you don’t have to come to every single class,” Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness Keith Cecil said.

Group fitness classes have been a part of the Beck Center program ever since the opening of the building. These classes are free to Transylvania faculty, staff and students. “We used to charge for them, which is maybe why they weren’t very popular. But now they’re free,” Cecil said.

Yoga Fusion, which combines many techniques to achieve fitness, is just one of many classes offered at the Beck Center.Classes currently in session began Jan. 5 and will conclude on Mar. 6. “There will be a new set of classes after this set from March until May term and then the last set during May term,” Cecil said.

Classes for Winter 2009 include: 6-Pack Abs, Foxy Fitness, Cardio Express, Hard Rock Café, H.E.A.T, Yoga Fusion, and Zumba.

Six-Pack Abs is a workout for the abdominals and lower back designed to sculpt the middle back. It meets Thursdays from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. “Six-Pack is our most popular class,” Cecil said.

Foxy Fitness uses different styles of dancing from Reggae-ton to jazz, combined with intervals of muscle toning sculpting work using dumbbells and body bars. Foxy Fitness meets Mondays 9 to 9:50 p.m.

Cardio Express meets for about 35 minutes to give participants a cardio workout including warm up and cool down in express style.

Hard Rock Café is a total body workout that stretches and strengthens every muscle. It meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12 to 12:50 p.m.

H.E.A.T, which stands for High Endurance Athletic Training, is designed to improve strength, agility, cardiovascular endurance, speed and flexibility. Several H.E.A.T classes are taught at various times by various instructors from Monday to Thursday for about an hour each.

Yoga Fusion integrates yoga, stretching, relaxation and Tai Chi all into one class that meets Tuesdays from 12:30 until 1:20 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:30 until 5:20 p.m.

The newest class, the only one that has never before been offered, is Zumba. “Zumba is a type of Latino dance but it was found to have health benefits as well,” Cecil said. This class meets Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m.

All classes are held in the multipurpose room on the second floor of the Beck Center.

Personal training is also available to the Transylvania community. Certified personal trainers are available in the Beck Center to help attain fitness goals. Students, faculty and staff may choose to have either a personal trainer with a college degree or a certified student trainer. The first session is free; subsequent session costs depend on the frequency of sessions and whether or not the trainer already has a college degree.

To set up training sessions, email or contact Keith Cecil at extension 3690. For more information about group fitness classes and other Beck Center programs, visit


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