New to working out in the gym?
Feel intimidated or self-conscious?
Prefer to exercise in a less busy area?
Feeling lost and don't know how to start?
Start in the Cardio Studio or CircuitStrength located by the racquetball courts at the SRSC.
Or ask a Strength and Conditioning Consultant to give you an orientation to the Strength and Conditioning Areas at the School of Public Health-Bloomington or SRSC
You can also hire a Personal Trainer to get a personalized workout program right from the beginning.
If you don’t want to wait for the equipment, make sure to avoid peak hours. Peak hours ARE 4-8 p.m.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING CONSULTANTS: TRAINED AND READY TO HELP YOU
Did you know that Strength and Conditioning Consultants receive eight hours of training on everything from basic health and fitness topics to more complicated subjects like Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology and functional training? The majority of our Consultants are also pursuing degrees in health/fitness-related fields, including Fitness Specialist and Exercise Science majors. Strength and Conditioning Consultants are ready to answer your questions, provide general feedback on your exercise program, and assist with equipment orientations and spotting. Don’t hesitate to ask for help!
What is the Cardio Studio ?
It is a comfortable, non-intimidating environment to do your cardio exercise. The Cardio Studio is located across from the CycleFit Studio near the racquetball courts. Ask any Recreational Sports staff for directions to the room or look out for our directional signs.
What is the CircuitStrength ?
Its a total body workout in a comfortable, non-intimidating environment. Ten strength machines are available to work all-major muscle groups. Warm-up on a recumbent bike then stretch out on a mat.
Why should I use the Cardio Studio or CircuitStrength ?
This area was specifically designed to help you learn how to use strength training equipment without a crowd. It is:
- organized in a simple layout - no need to wander the room looking for your next exercise
How do I use the CircuitStrength ?
Our CircuitStrength Room is arranged for the new exerciser! All machines are set up in the order we suggest you use them. In addition, each piece of equipment has instructions for proper body alignment and technique. If you'd like additional help getting started in the Circuit, simply ask a consultant in the SRSC Strength & Conditioning room. Strength & Conditioning Consultants are available to give brief, impromptu orientations. Please note, during peak hours, the consultants may not be able to honor your request.
Current guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommend strength training the major muscle groups of the body (covered in the CircuitStrength ) at least two days per week. Guidelines suggest one set of 8-12 repetitions for those less than 50 years old, 10-15 repetitions for those greater than 50.