STAFF EDITORIAL: Don’t miss out on free fitness classes

We asked and received lower-priced fitness classes. Students should be jumping — or perhaps spinning or dancing — for joy, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, according to Recreational Sports.

In response to the Marquette Tribune’s Sept. 24, 2009, editorial and to the requests of many students, Rec Sports implemented a $15 fifteen-class punch card as well as two reduced-rate fitness options and free Variety Friday fitness classes this semester.

After the introduction of the new choices, Recreational Sports received recognition from students and even a big “Thanks for listening!” from the Tribune in a Feb. 23 editorial.

But the initial excitement has dimmed down.

The punch card system hasn’t received as much attention as anticipated. Aside from the free classes, the $15 card presents the best deal at $1 per class.

It also most accurately reflects student and Tribune requests for improvement, providing options instead of a long-term commitment.

In an e-mail to the Tribune, Rec Sports assistant director Shannon Bustillos said that without more interest and increased attendance, “We may have to go back to the old way of doing things.”

Nobody wants that.

Though senioritis or even summer-itis have set in, students should show a little support by trying out one of the many classes offered at the Rec Center and Rec Plex. Classes have even been extended an additional week to be continued through Friday, April 30th.

If nothing else, let Rec Sports know that the improvements are appreciated and should remain in effect.

Students are now getting reduced price and free group fitness classes instead of the former $50 cost per class.

Aside from free T-shirts at basketball games, students don’t get a whole lot of free stuff or bargains on campus.

Similar to other sales and giveaways that continue only while supplies last, our group fitness bargains will only last as long as student interest lasts.

Let’s grab hold of this opportunity while it’s still available.

The publicity and information is out there. Each week the campus-wide News Briefs promote the Variety Friday free classes.

Nearly every bulletin board and bathroom mirror at the Rec Center bears some poster advertising group fitness.

Perhaps to draw in the crowd that automatically deletes extra e-mails or generally avoids the gym, Rec Sports should take advantage of the beautiful weather and move a class or two outside.

A sun salutation in yoga can be truly experienced by the yogi, and the up-tempo Zumba moves may spike the curiosity of student bystanders.

But ultimately, it’s up to students to take advantage of a good thing.