Dance Cardio Class Brings Excitement Back to Campus Workout

The Ping Recreation Center offers many free group training opportunities on campus, including the ever-popular dance cardio classes. Beginning August 30, Ohio University students were thrilled to dust off their dancing shoes, relieve stress, and sweat pleasantly.

Cardio dance is exactly as it sounds, an exercise that gets you moving to the beat with little room for breaks in between.

Madison Ausbrooks, a first-grade instructor who studies exercise science, said the workout focused on repetition.

“It’s just a series of repeating moves as the song repeats itself so people get the hang of it,” Ausbrooks said. “I always tell people if they don’t know what I’m doing, just to keep moving, keep trying and keep walking.”

Students can attend cardio dance class in Studio 219 with Ausbrooks. Classes are held four times a week, all with optional attendance, and last 45 minutes. Current sessions are Tuesdays at 9 p.m., Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., Fridays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m.

Current participants said they particularly enjoyed the evening classes, especially after a long day of juggling classes and extracurricular activities.

“It makes you feel really good,” said psychology student Lauren Mazzacone. “It’s night time, so it’s a little later, but it’s a great way to end your day, especially if you’ve been sitting in your classroom all day and feel like you’re not have really done no activity. way to do your exercise.”

Mazzacone says her friends inspired her to take classes and she keeps coming back for more.

“At first it was because my friends just wanted to go out and do it,” Mazzacone said. “Then afterwards I realized it’s a great way to be active and also have fun. You train and you don’t even realize it.”

Similarly, Mayson Chapnick, a sophomore studying child and family studies, said cardio dance allowed her to meet people outside of her group of friends.

“I think you’ll meet a lot of people there because everyone’s really there to have fun,” Chapnick said. “No one is really competitive in any way. You’ll always see someone – like I always go and see someone I know outside of my friend group… so it’s fun. C “It’s a good community. It’s mostly girls, so it’s not uncomfortable or anything.”

According to Ausbrooks, classes have gone well this school year, regardless of the number of people in the room. Overall, she just wants to make exercise fun for people.

“They’ve been pretty good,” Ausbrooks said. “There were a few where only five people showed up, but it’s still pretty fun. People bring a lot of energy, which is great.”

Focused on empowerment and promoting a healthy, low-maintenance way to stay in shape, dance cardio classes seem to be a hit at Ping, getting the heart pumping and the legs vibrating.

“I have to say that these classes are definitely more for girls, so if a girl is a little shy about going to the gym, it’s a way for her to do her cardio and maybe take a look at it (Ping), “said Ausbrooks. “I just think it’s a good way to get your heart pumping and also moving instead of just standing still.”

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