October 28, 2020

 

By KAREN HAYNES

The stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve marked the start of 2012 and all the resolutions we made to ourselves.

Although these resolutions vary, many involve healthy eating and personal fitness.

Included in each full-time student’s tuition payment is a membership to the college’s fitness facilities, including the weight and cardio rooms.

The gym is located in the college’s recreation centre and is open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and weekends 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Students can also become involved in intramural sports, participate in the arena’s free skate or the centre’s group fitness classes, and use the squash courts. Information is available on the college’s website, www.conestogac.on.ca.

Students who already routinely go to the rec centre may see an increase in traffic over the next few weeks.

The spike in students with a newfound appreciation for fitness and its health benefits may affect those who already work out on a daily basis.

John Spoenlein is a first-year fitness and health promotion student who already uses the college workout facility five or six times a week.

Working the lower body muscle groups, including glutes, quads, hamstrings and abs, is his favourite, Spoenlein said.

“My favourite exercise is squats,” he said referring to an exercise that has a weighted bar put across his shoulders while he squats up and down as if sitting in a low chair and then standing up again.

Spoenlein plans to earn a university nutrition degree after completing his two-year program at Conestoga College and dreams of training a professional sports team.

Those who recommit themselves to personal fitness can count on seeing Spoenlein in the college rec centre using the workout facilities.