Angels in Motion (AIM) is a student run organization that gives students at Meredith the opportunity to take group fitness classes for free. The program is taught by current Exercise & Sport Science students who have obtained their group fitness certifications. The Herald interviewed Abby Black, Class of 2023, who has been teaching the program since her junior year, about the program to learn more about it and the classes that are offered. She said, “There are a range of different classes offered including Strength Training, Barre, Pilates, HITT, and more offered throughout the week.” It can be hard to stay active with classes and a busy schedule, but this program allows you to get that workout in without leaving campus or paying money to access a gym. You don’t need any experience to participate in the classes. Black went on to say that “the instructors are able to adjust the classes to meet all needs, teach proper form for safe/effective training, and create an overall welcoming environment.”
According to Black, the pilates course involves “working towards improving full-body strength, flexibility, and endurance while pushing yourself during pilates based exercises!” Barre Blast is “a full body workout focusing on time over tension incorporating basic ballet movements.” In the HIIT (high intensity interval training) course, students “work towards getting [their] cardiorespiratory up also while working out [their] full body, endurance and strength.” The strength training course “is aimed for building strength with resistance exercises aimed for a full body workout. Black likes to joke that this class is “How to Gym 101” as they “try to utilize different equipment so that [students] can learn proper form that they can apply in their own future workouts.”
Strength training is offered on Tuesdays at 4-4:50 p.m. at the Lowery fitness center.
HIIT Class is held on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:20 p.m. at the Movement Lab.
Barre Blast is held on Thursdays from 6-6:50 p.m. at the Movement Lab.
Pilates Fridays are offered every Friday from 10-10:50 a.m. at the Movement Lab.
By Kayla Dunn, Contributing Writer