Monday, September 15, 2008

Personal Training

By Courtney Westlake

Staying on TRAC is focused on helping you live a healthier lifestyle, and a great way to stay on track if you need a little help is with personal training program.

"If you are looking for a way to lose weight, get healthy, build muscle and get toned, a personal trainer is a great way to help you reach those goals," said Amanda Jillson, assistant director of fitness and instructional programs at the TRAC. "A trainer will help you make program and help you stick to it. You can meet once a week, three times a week, for one hour, half hour- whatever you need."

The TRAC has several personal training packages available. The Getting Started Package is a "great way to get started with personal training," Jillson said. The Getting Started package includes a complete fitness assessment and 2 one-hour sessions with personal trainer, for a total of $55.

"All of our packages are definitely reasonable, and I can say unbeatable compared to other facilities in the area," Jillson said.

To sign up for a program, you must be a recreation center member, come to the TRAC and bring your I-card.

The first session of all of the training packages is a fitness assessment, Jillson said, which tests the participant's "basic fitness level."

"The trainer needs to know where to start program at for the participant," Jillson said.

The assessment is comprised of a flexibility test, weigh-in, health history, strength test and a cardiovascular test, which measures how much oxygen the participant's body can consume and process during exercise.

There is also a body composition test, which compares lean body mass to adipose tissue to give results of the fat percentage.

"Once we compile all that data, we'll be able to put a program together specifically for you," Jillson said.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fitness Class: P90X

By Courtney Westlake

It's the perfect time to "fall into fitness," and that's exactly what The Recreation and Athletic Center is encouraging campus community members to do as the fall semester gets into full swing.

The TRAC offers a variety of exciting intramural programs and fitness programs, like group exercise classes. Classes range from Pilates to yoga to a popular program called P90X that meets for one hour a day on Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"In P90X, three days a week are spent lifting, and the other two days are a mix between cardio exercise, plyometrics and yoga; sometimes there's a core class," said Amanda Jillson, assistant director of fitness and instructional programs for the TRAC, who also leads the class. "It's for 90 days, and you need to be able to come for at least three out of the five days of the week, if not four out of the five days."

Participants who took the P90X class last semester and over the summer saw very impressive results, Jillson said.

Steve Chrans, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs at UIS, just completed his 7th week of the program. Chrans said he has been working out at the facilities on campus for 20 years and got into a "rut" with his workouts, so he signed up for P90X.

"When P90X came up, it was something different from me. It's a well-rounded workout," Chrans said. "Amanda's a great instructor, and she does push us and monitors us."

Chrans noted that he has put on a couple of pounds of lean body mass and decreased his percentage of body fat from 11.6 to 9.6. The program works all of the muscle groups of the body for a complete workout.

"I would highly recommend this class to other people," Chrans said. "It not only helps you physically but mentally as well. It helps to clear out all of the clutter in your mind."

Farokh Eslahi, associate provost for information technology and another participant in the class, said he began to see results from the program in "just a few weeks."

"P90X is a very effective workout program," he said. "It is rather intense, but you decide how far to push yourself. Having a great instructor like Amanda who guides and encourages you along the way makes it fun and helps you get the best out of the program. And, you certainly don’t get bored because you follow a different exercise routine each day."

If interested, P90X participants must sign up by Thursday, September 4. For a schedule of group fitness classes for the fall, go here.