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Trojan Fitness and Wellness Center

About the Trojan Fitness and Wellness Center

Just shy of two years in construction, the 78,000 square-foot Trojan Fitness Center cost about $25 million. It includes a multi-activity court, a basketball court, free and circuit weight training areas, aerobic exercise rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a multi-level walking track and four offices.

The facility, located on the eastern edge of campus on the corner of George Wallace Drive and University Avenue occupies a portion of land where Sartain Hall, the campus’ former basketball arena, once stood. Parking, and new street connects University Avenue and John M. Long Avenue. Construction also included the removal of traffic signals at the intersection of University Avenue and International Boulevard. The intersection is now controlled with a roundabout. 

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Wellness

Wellness is a lifelong process that produces a positive state of well-being; a dynamic process of change and growth.  Wellness is largely determined by the decisions one makes about how to live one’s life.  The dimension of wellness interacts continuously, influencing and being influenced by one another.  Individually and collectively, the Wellness dimensions are associated with an enhanced quality and quality of life.

There are eight dimensions of wellness: occupational, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, physical, social, and intellectual. Each dimension of wellness is interrelated with another. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health. One can reach an optimal level of wellness by understanding how to maintain and optimize each of the dimensions of wellness.

Mindfully focusing on wellness in our lives builds resilience and enables us to thrive amidst life’s challenges.

Emotional

Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships

Environmental

Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being

Financial

Satisfaction with current and future financial situations

Intellectual

Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills

Occupational

Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work

Physical

Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods and sleet

Social

Developing a sense of connection, belonging and a well-developed support system

Spiritual

Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life

https://www.samhsa.gov//wellness-initiative/eight-dimensions-wellness

What is Well-being?

Well-being means something different to everyone, but in general, it is the sense of feeling good about you and your place in the world.  Well-being goes beyond the classroom and career.  It is intentional, it brings balance to oneself…body, mind, and spirit. Staying healthy in body, mind, and spirit is a life-long journey.  Learn strategies to improve your own well-being with steps to security, health and prosperity.

Social Well-being

Social Well-being is having a sense of belonging—and a connection with others, which can significantly impact your well-being.

Getting involved on campus is a great way to find others who share your interests and passions.

Campus Resources
Cardio
STRONG NATION™

STRONG by Zumba®   revolutionizes  group   fitness  by syncing high intensity cardio and conditioning moves to music to create an optimal total body HIIT workout.  This class incorporates the proven, high intensity interval training method known as HIIT…with the except that this program is High Intensity Tempo Training and is designed for participants looking to increase their intensity levels of training, maximize workout benefits and see faster results from their efforts.  This class is an interval or intermittent intensity style program.  Class workout is adaptable to all fitness levels by modifying the exercise selection with switch-outs.                  

ZUMBA™

The Zumba® program is a Latin-inspired, dance-fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music and dance movements, creating a dynamic, exciting, exhilarating, and effective fitness program. A Zumba® class combines fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body using an aerobic/fitness approach to achieve a unique blended balance of cardio and muscle-toning benefits.  The Zumba® program integrates some of the basic principles of aerobic, interval, and resistance training to maximize caloric output, cardiovascular benefits, and total body toning. The cardio-based dance movements are easy-to-follow steps that include body sculpting, which targets areas such as gluteus, legs, arms, core, abdominals and the most important muscle in the body—the heart. 

DANCE FITNESS

Dance fitness is a whole-body workout that incorporates some or many forms of dance.  It is an aerobic workout, divided into different tracks that provide peaks and troughs of intensity.  The overall intensity of a class varies with each style of dance. Areas dance fitness targets include the core, arms, legs, glutes, and back.  Classes offer a relaxed environment when you can let your inhibitions go, learn some new moves and meet some great people along the way. Some of the benefits are: burn calories, reduces stress, tone muscles, increases flexibility, promotes blood circulation, promotes proper body posture and promotes coordination.

CYCLE

Non-impact, calorie-blasting class that combines a foundation of cycling movements with motivational coaching and musical guidance.  Class focuses on combining different intensity levels and various speeds (RPM) in performing rides either in the saddle (seat) or standing on flats or hills or combination of both.  Class offers cardiovascular conditioning on an indoor cycle that delivers an effective way to strengthen the heart, improve cardio respiratory endurance and increase strength and power.  Participants encouraged to set their intensity and various speeds.  Classes vary from light, moderate to heavy resistance and intensity levels according to the different rides.

HIIT/INTERVALS

High-intensity Interval Training, that combines plyometric, weight training and cardio drills to challenge the whole body.  This class consists of short bursts of high intensity work followed by a brief recovery period.  Workout utilizes a variety of equipment including free-weights, body bars, stability balls, resistance bands, medicine balls and more.  This workout builds cardiovascular fitness while improving muscle strength and endurance.

TOTAL BODY BLAST/KICKBOXING

High-intensity, high-energy class which combines a variety of kickboxing elements (punches, jabs, strikes, blocks, kicks, hooks, etc.) in a fast-paced cardio format for an amazing total body workout.  Benefits include improved cardio stamina, speed, power, coordination and balance.

STEP

Traditional cardio workout with great cardio and choreography.  Participants utilize a step platform and risers to condition legs and improve cardiovascular and muscular endurance.  Easy to follow choreograph that progresses in intensity from simple to advanced throughout the class.  

Mind/Body
YOGA

Total mind-body workout that lengthens, strengthens, and balance your body through a series of strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation.  The physical benefits of yoga include muscle balance, skeletal alignment, muscle strength, increased range of motion, improved coordination, and improved function of internal glands and organs. Areas of the body targeted by practicing yoga include the core, arms, legs, glutes and back.  Appropriate for all fitness levels.  

YOGA SCULPT

A high-intensity, dynamic yoga practice that incorporates resistance interval training and cardiovascular exercise into traditional yoga sequences.  This class is designed to target and tone all the major muscle groups, boosting metabolism and building lean muscle mass.

PILATES

Is a form of low-impact floor work exercise based on the principles of Joseph Pilates.  This is a core conditioning class that aims to develop strength, flexibility, improved core conditioning, stability of the abdominal and low-back area, balance and inner awareness.  Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance.

INFUSION

Is a form of low-impact floor work exercise that combines elements of Yoga/Pilates core conditioning movements.  This non-impact workout aims to develop strength, flexibility, core conditioning/stability, balance and inner awareness.

Strength
CORE & MORE 

Exercises focusing on the core muscles (abdominals, glutes, lower back, hips and shoulders) through the use of bodyweight movements, dumbbells, medicine balls, kettlebells, barbells and more.  This class is designed to build core muscle groups while improving posture through the performance of a variety of strengthening and stabilizing exercises.

BOOTY BLAST

Lower-body workout that focuses on lifting and toning the lower extremities and core through the use of high repetition movements using free-weights, body bars, medicine balls, kettlebells and bands.

TOTAL BODY PUMP

This class consists of a “head-to-toe” strengthening and toning workout performed in a freestyle format class.  The full-body workout consists of using light to moderate weights with high repetition movements and non-cardio exercises that utilizes a step platform, body bar, barbell, dumbbells, kettlebells, and resistant bands.  

SCULPT/CONDITIONING 

Hand weights and a variety of other fitness equipment are used to sculpt, strengthen and tone, the entire body. This class is designed to target and tone all the major muscle groups such as the arms, back, chest, legs, buttocks and abdominals, boosting metabolism and building lean muscle mass

TONING/SCULPT

This class is a mixture of strength and toning movements using a variety of fitness equipment (weights, bands, kettlebells, suspension) to sculpt, tone, and firm the entire abdominal core, legs, and arms.  The exercises in this full-body routine will challenge every muscle in the body to develop overall endurance conditioning, strength and toning.

Group Fitness Instructor Training (GFIT)

The group fitness instructor training is a 6-week, non-credit course designed to provide the fitness enthusiast with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the ACE (American Council of Exercise) national certification exam and become a group fitness instructor. Topics include but not limited to:

  • Exercise physiology
  • Anatomy
  • Nutrition
  • Music awareness
  • Techniques for cueing

Trainees will be matched with a veteran instructor in the Group Fitness program in order to shadow and apply the academic and hands-on skills needed to instruct a variety of class formats. Trainees will complete a written exam at the conclusion of the academic portion to assess learning outcomes.  Cost is $25 for students, plus the cost of ACE Study Materials.  Discount code will be provided for study materials.

For more information on the Group Fitness Instructor Program, contact Theresa Fuller at tfuller@troy.edu.


Fitness

What is Group Fitness?

Any and all forms of fitness that is performed in a group setting lead by a group instructor.  Group fitness classes can provide a high-energy workout experience that is perfect for all skill levels.  These classes can offer social inclusion opportunities, health benefits and psychological support.  Whether beginner, intermediate or advanced, group exercise is a great way to stay motivated in your fitness routine. 

What We Offer
Cardio

Test and challenge your physical endurance with heart-pumping exercises in a variety of class formats. Whether you want to dance, jump, kick or cycle, we have the perfect class focusing on boosting cardiovascular endurance and stamina.

Mind-Body

Supplement your fitness routine by centering your intention on flexibility, balance and mindfulness. We offer various forms of yoga and mat Pilates to strengthen your body and relax your mind.

Strength

Whether you want to work your upper body, lower body or core, our strength classes will increase your muscular strength and endurance. Our classes combine all elements of strength including body weight, resistance bands, dumbbells and more.

What is Personal Training? 

What is a personal trainer, you ask? Depending on their approach and demeanor, personal trainers are part-coach, part-mentor, part-friend and even part-drill instructor. What remains constant is their goal, which is to oversee an individual’s fitness program in a fitness facility or private setting. They instruct and assist participants in reaching their personal health and fitness goals. Personal trainers possess the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to design safe and effective fitness programs.

Personal trainers have a love of fitness, and it shows. Their focus on a healthy lifestyle, a commitment to a fit physique, and a desire to share their passion with others is apparent, which allows them to serve as positive role models for the exercise challenged or for those who want to take their fitness to the next level.

The role of a personal trainers is constant:

  • Personal trainers want to help people pursue or maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Personal trainers want to educate people about the many ways to engage in physical exercise and healthy living.
  • Personal trainers want to help people achieve their personal health and fitness goals.
Personal Trainer Program

The personal training program is a 6-week, non-credit preparation course, designed to prepare participants for the nationally accredited certification exams to become a certified personal trainer.  This preparatory course aligns with The American Council on Exercise (ACE) curriculum. No previous experience required. The Fitness Trainer course consists of both academic-based and hands-on training.  Program topics include but not limited to:

  • Basic Anatomy
  • Fundamentals of Kinesiology & Biomechanics
  • Progressions
  • Safety and Cueing
  • Injury Prevention
  • Risk Management
  • Specialty class instruction

Trainees will complete a written exam at the conclusion of the academic-based portion to assess learning outcomes. Cost is $25 for students, plus the cost of ACE Study Materials.  Discount code will be provided for study materials.

For more information on the PT certification program contact Theresa Fuller at tfuller@troy.edu.