Take a break from the classroom and get fit

For one credit, students can lift, cycle, swim, shoot hoops or bend into yoga poses. These describe just a few of the activity classes for credit MSU now offers to its students.

Abbey Keene is the Assistant Director of Recreational Sports & Fitness and Director of Personal Fitness Services and plays an enormous part in the popular and recent inclusion of the Activity Classes for Credit program (ACT).

Since their creation in 2012, these classes have become so highly demanded among students that many new class options and sections have been added to the curriculum for the 2013-2014 academic year. In addition, waiting lists have been created to compensate for the capping of many ACT options.

This year there are 11 courses with 22 total sections and there are between 25-30 students enrolled in each class. Thus far, yoga, power-cycling and weight training seem to be the most popular classes.

These classes add a convenient one-credit course load option for students. Additionally, the classes do not take up classroom space and instead take place in the Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center or on the practice fields and tennis courts on campus.

[pullquote align=”right”]”[The class] gives me a set hour twice a week to be active and take a break from classes and studying.” — MSU senior Anne Seeley[/pullquote]




Those partaking in these classes find a variety of other benefits. MSU Senior Anne Seeley partakes in the weight-training course for convenience reasons but also as a refreshing break from her daily schedule. “It is a pass/fail class and besides keeping a workout log there is really only one assignment: to demonstrate the knowledge of a lift of your choice,” Seeley said. “It is not at all stressful for me and it gives me a set hour twice a week to be active and take a break from classes and studying.”

As this is a new program, improvements are being implemented constantly and feedback is always encouraged. New courses awaiting approval by the Provost, Martha Potvin, for next year’s system include martial arts and circuit training.

Other long-term goals are negotiated between Keeney and the Provost’s office, where she says, “We would like to continue to progressively grow the program under the direction of the Provost. We want to offer more sections and more activities to be able to fit the needs and demands of the students.”

This goal will be obtained once agreements can be made to possibly use off-campus facilities to enhance the variety of the classes offered. Keeney adds, “We would need to get approval of going off-campus and using other entities, so that will be something to work toward in the future.”

With such a heavy variety and demand for such classes be sure to jump on these classes once they open up in order to secure your spot for next semester.