From Monster Jamming to Napercising: Fitness made fun at Florida Polytechnic University

Oct 31, 2018
From Monster Jamming to Napercising: Fitness made fun at Florida Polytechnic University
Florida Polytechnic University students Kyle Thomas (left) and James Rodríguez attended the Halloween-inspired fitness class taught by instructor and student life coordinator Mariah Martin (center).

A fitness instructor dressed in ’80s workout attire took the lead at a Monster Jam Cardio Class at Florida Polytechnic University on Monday, Oct. 29.

Students came in costumes ranging from lifeguards to anime characters and enjoyed dancing to popular songs like Rihanna’s “Disturbia” and Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.”

“It’s the first time we’ve offered a Halloween group fitness class for our students and it was a lot of fun,” said Mariah Martin, student life coordinator and fitness instructor. “They had a good time and enjoyed the cardio workout.”

“This class was awesome, and I had great time,” said James Rodríguez, a sophomore from Winter Garden, Florida, majoring in computer science. “The cardio was a little more intense than I was expecting, but I was able to keep up.”

Fun wellness events occur at the Student Development Center (SDC) every week, including 12 different group fitness classes that range from high intensity interval training to yoga. The classes are catered to students’ interest and changed every few weeks to keep participants challenged and engaged. The classes are also available to eligible university employees.

There are four different types of yoga classes offered, including Napercise, a 45-minute stress relieving stretch class that ends with a 20-minute meditative power nap.

“The yoga classes are the most popular with students,” said Martin. “They come for the relaxation and to release stress. Many also come for a good stretch after a workout.”

Other fitness activities on campus include intramural events and single day tournaments for sports like water polo and dodgeball. A group of students meet at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday to run a mile around campus.

Personal health and fitness assessments are also available to students at no charge. They receive a complete individual assessment of baseline measurements and goals to determine their current health and fitness level, which are then used to identify their training needs and modalities.

Lydia Guzman
Assistant Director of Communications