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Campus highlights: UA fitness pass expands campus rec experience for students, community

Jackie Cabrera
A set of stationary bikes sit in a mirrored room at the North Rec located next to the Honors Village on a Wednesday afternoon.

The University of Arizona’s Fitness & Wellness program offers affordable fitness passes for students and locals to encourage participation in classes that will push your endurance, strength and flexibility.

The fitness pass has been around for several years and allows students to attend yoga, dance, cycling and F45 classes.

“Our goal and our mission within the Fitness & Wellness program here at Campus Rec is to try to increase the overall well-being for not just UAZ students, but the UAZ community,” said Jake Minnis, assistant director of Fitness & Wellness.

Passes are $45 for students, $75 for recreation members and $90 for non-members per semester. Additionally, one-day passes can be purchased for $10. The money generates revenue for campus recreation and pays class instructors.

“The price that you find on the group fitness pass is going to be the best price in town for what we offer,” Minnis said. “You won’t be able to find anywhere else with the quality of classes and our instructors as well as the different formats for the same price or even close to it.”

Classes are offered at the university’s three different recreation centers: SouthREC, NorthREC and BearDownREC. Class types include Cardio & Dance, Cardio & Strength, Mind/Body, Cycling and HIIT.

A fitness pass can be purchased on the UA Campus Recreation website or at the front desk of any of the three campus recreation facilities.

Pre-registration for classes can be completed 24 hours in advance through the IMLeagues app or website and is recommended for all classes. Anyone can register for a class on IMLeagues, however, they will not be allowed into class if they have not purchased a fitness pass.

Individuals must show up 5-10 minutes prior to the start of class to secure their spot. Up to 5 minutes before class begins, walk-ins are welcomed.

University of Arizona student Natalya Wells said she doesn’t mind paying for the fitness pass in addition to paying for the recreation center student fee.

“In my opinion, the pass is so worth it,” Wells said. “I don’t mind paying an additional $45 dollars a semester to get unlimited classes. If you went anywhere else for the same thing, you would be paying over $100. I think the pass really is a bang for your buck.”

The Fitness & Wellness program at Campus Recreation is looking to introduce more Pilates and resistance based training classes. They are also looking to start up a kickboxing class in the near future.

“My favorite class types would probably have to be the F45 and cycling classes, but I really want to try other classes, such as Zumba and Pilates,” said Samantha Anger, a student fitness pass user. “The only thing is that I wish they would add more class times.”

The group fitness class schedule and upcoming Fitness & Wellness announcements can also be found on the UA Campus Recreation website.

*Taylor Dykstra is a student studying at the University of Arizona School of Journalism taking the JOUR 306: Advanced Reporting class.

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