Missing your favorite Zumba or HIIT class from UNC Campus Recreation? As of Monday, the facility is now offering free virtual fitness classes.
The live fitness classes are offered every day on the Campus Recreation’s Facebook page. People without a Facebook account can still view the page and participate in the classes.
“We've only done three classes so far,” Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness Lindsay Brookey said. “We did a couple of test classes last week. But so far, it's been great. The classes last night actually had a great turnout.”
Brookey said after all of the changes and facility closures, Campus Recreation brainstormed ideas as to how they could still meet the needs of the UNC community.
“One of the really popular programs that we have that's free and available to everyone is our group fitness classes,” Brookey said. “And so, we kind of thought, how can we still deliver those and so one of the ways was to offer them live. And where our instructors could still get paid because that's another thing too.”
Brookey said the live classes will be saved so people can participate and re-watch whenever they want to.
“And that was one thing that was important, is we know not everyone has the same schedule right now, so allowing people to be able to go back and re-watch it was important,” Brookey said.
Many instructors said they are happy to provide an alternative exercise outlet for their participants.
“I want participants to be able to feel like they're in an actual class versus just being solely at home,” fitness instructor Hailey Brown said.