By: Marcellis Lewis
Roosevelt University and Columbia College have teamed up to continue a 20-year relationship on strengthening fitness and wellness among their students.
Roosevelt students will continue to have access to the Columbia College Fitness Studio at 731 S. Plymouth, and in exchange, Columbia students will have access to open gyms and intramurals held at the Goodman Center.
Mark Brticevich, coordinator of Columbia College’s Fitness and Recreation program, teaches several of the classes at the center.
Brticevich said that all students should take advantage of the fitness classes.
“Student wellness is a top priority,” he said. “Being healthy and working out fights stress and is an important factor in the success of college students.”
The Columbia College Fitness Studio hosts group fitness classes open to all Roosevelt students.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m., the center holds an Abs and Buns Mat Class. The class focuses on developing a strong core through pilates, calisthenics and yoga-type movements.
Tuesdays also offer Zumba classes from 5 to 6 p.m.
Wednesdays, students can take some time out of their busy schedules to relax and practice Vinyasa Flow Yoga.
And for those wanting to learn how to avoid being a victim of crime, the center holds Street Defense classes Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The center also holds Boot Camp classes on Thursdays. However, this class is not for beginners. The routine consists of a mixture of intense workout plans, like P90X and Insanity, and military-style exercises to provide a vigorous workout experience that promises to get tougher as the semester continues.
The colleges are taking several steps to get more students involved in the classes. Some initiatives include passing out flyers and brochures, as well as posting advertisements on social media sites and the colleges’ athletic websites.
“We want all students,” Brticevich said. “Fitness is for everyone. It’s the fountain of youth.”
Class sizes have been increasing since the introduction of new advertising techniques aimed directly at students.
“I heard about the classes from Roosevelt’s website,” said Ruby Moran, a criminal justice student at Roosevelt. “The classes are fun and engaging, and I feel better and healthier after I’ve gone to them.”
The schools’ next event is the Costume Dodgeball Tournament to be held Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Goodman Center.
Students from both colleges are welcome to enter, and the winners of the tournament will receive a prize.
Columbia will also host Three-on-three basketball tournaments featuring teams from both colleges.
Roosevelt Athletic Director Mike Cassidy said that the program is a great platform to enhance the student experience, and an opportunity to move forward in creating a real college environment.
Students from both colleges can look forward to more joint events in the future.