Fitness instructors personify university's commitment to health
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
is dedicated to keeping its students, faculty and staff healthy. That makes
Ashley Bechard (right) and Cassandra Bonick (lower right), who are group fitness intructors, two valuable Pointers for the university’s
The Allen Center offers free group fitness sessions
through Bechard and Bonick to all students, faculty and staff this summer, empowering fitness goals and
preserving long-term health at no cost. Simply bring a UW-Stevens Point ID if
Bechard and Bonick “are role models for
other students,” said Allen Center Health and Fitness Center Specialist Beth
Northuis, who serves as the students’ supervisor. “Group fitness can help
students find a path toward eating better, losing weight and staying healthy.
For faculty and staff, exercise is great stress relief and a great way to have
Bechard, a senior health promotion/wellness major from Wind Lake, Wisconsin, teaches:
- 3, 2, 1 – a class that
repeats through three minutes of strength training, two minutes of cardio
training and one minute of abdominal exercises.
- Turbo Kick, a class
similar to kickboxing.
- Butts ‘n’ Guts, which
trains backside and stomach muscles.
Bechard also helps schedule group fitness
classes throughout the year, evaluates other Allen Center fitness instructors
and classes, and promotes group fitness to the campus. Her parents also
attended UW-Stevens Point.
“I tried group fitness when I was a
freshman and I loved the atmosphere,” she said. “It’s hard to leave class
feeling upset because it’s such great stress relief. I feel like it’s
beneficial for your whole body, and then there’s the social factor. It’s a
great way to meet new people.”
Bonick, a senior math major from Brillion,
- Two cycling and abs
- An abs class
Bonick also participates in hiring Allen
Center staffers, prepares classes, and helps group fitness attendees find their
workout and fitness potential.
“I could be having the worst day ever,”
Bonick said. “Then I’ll come to class, work out and I feel a lot better.
Everyone is there to have a good time. You leave knowing you did something good
These class titles might sound
intimidating, but Bechard and Bonick tailor their teaching styles to those who
attend. In fact, they make developing a fitness routine easy with three simple
a class: Choose whichever class appeals to you.
the class: Participate in group fitness with your fellow Pointers.
in love with fitness: Enjoy meeting new people while doing something
tremendous for your health.
classes are totally about what you can do,” Bonick said. “You don’t need any
special skills or equipment. Group fitness is for everyone. We just want you to
try to get to where you can be.”
“We encourage everyone to give it one
shot,” Bechard said. “It’s so uplifting and motivating, it gives you a workout
without feeling like you’re working out.”
Classes run through Wednesday, July 30.
Join as many or as few classes as you want. Attend when it’s convenient for you
and reap the benefits of enjoyable exercise. Classes also are free for students
during the academic year and available to faculty and staff for a small fee.
For more information on what the Allen
Center offers, call 715-346-4711.