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A Look Into the Woodway Challenge

A Closer Look Into the Woodway Interval Challenge by Seth TrulenRecreation and Wellness Communications Intern In a year chalk-full of firsts for University Recreation and Wellness, the Spring semester has proved to be no exception.  Among the expanded fitness programs rolled out in September of 2013, a newcomer to the mix has been the Woodway Interval Challenge, a program designed for U of M students only.  The challenge, which launched in February, has provided students at the University of Minnesota an opportunity to get in shape while saving a little money in the process. “We wanted to support a program that highlights our treadmills, lets students know a little bit more about the brand, and the Woodway Interval Challenge was ultimately the best way to do that,” said Sean Couillard, Central Regional Manager for Woodway Treadmills.  How the Challenge Works Within this program, students meet twice a week with a personal trainer in a small group format and are challenged through a 30 minute treadmill workout and 15 minutes of core and flexibility training.  “Students should know that they don’t have to just get on a treadmill, increase it to 3% incline and hold on to the handrails for 45 minutes.  We have worked with RecWell to develop a program that makes your half hour more efficient and diverse,” said Couillard. The Woodway Interval Challenge has programmed workouts that are designed to shift one’s thinking from ‘time’ to ‘efficiency’. Throwing the ‘mile log’ mentality to the wind, this program utilizes an interval format combined with heart rate training to give students more bang for their buck. Efficient for the body and the wallet?   The Woodway Interval Challenge also boasts a reimbursement program where students have the opportunity to earn back the $50 cost of the class.  By simply showing up to 18 of the 20 scheduled class sessions, students receive a full reimbursement, compliments of Woodway’s sponsorship of the challenge.  “We just want to see the improvement in health and wellbeing, from week one to week ten,” said Couillard. Couillard hopes to see success from this new model of treadmill training and continue expanding it into additional RecWell programming for the future.  “This has been a unique opportunity to try a program like this out and see how it flourishes.”

New Fitness Job Openings

New Fitness Job Openings The Fitness program is seeking qualified individuals to join the Recreation and Wellness team! Take a moment to view the job descriptions and apply below: Group Fitness Instructors Group fitness instructors are a part of an enthusiastic and innovative team, providing quality instruction through a variety of entertaining, educational and fun classes. View positions available below and apply today! Contact Group Fitness Coordinator, Laura Kozlowski, at for additional information. Group Fitness Instructor: Indoor Cycling - APPLY HERE Group Fitness Instructor: Yoga/Pilates - APPLY HERE Group Fitness Instructor: ZUMBA - APPLY HERE Group Fitness Instructor: General - APPLY HERE Personal Trainers and Assessment Technicians Personal Trainers and Assessment Technicians have a passion for helping others to reach their health and fitness goals and are work closely with participants in a personal training, small group training and/or fitness assessment setting. Contact Personal Fitness Manager, Sarah Mork, at for additional information. Personal Trainer: APPLY HERE Assessment Technician: APPLY HERE

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About Fitness

The Fitness program prides itself in providing resources for members to maintain healthy, active lifestyles. Both the Minneapolis University Recreation and Wellness Center and St. Paul Gymnasium contain state-of-the-art fitness equipment and have several services available to meet member's needs.

Fitness Equipment Orientation
Provides education and tools necessary to customize current exercise programs

Group Fitness Classes
A wide variety of class formats to help establish and maintain healthy exercise habits

Fitness Assessment Services
Offers an overview of current fitness levels by executing a collection of fitness tests

Personal Training Services
Design a customized exercise program combining personal health and fitness goals with fitness assessment results

Small Group Training
Offers structured exercise in an intimate environment, meeting the needs of the beginner to the highly skilled athlete

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