Hail to the buff

Pizza for breakfast, Burger King for lunch and a sensible J Street dinner. While this diet may shed points, it will also help you pack on those college cuisine pounds.

For students who hope to slim down instead of beef up during their college career, GW offers variety of ways to stay fit through different types of exercise and ways to eat right.

Freshman Jose Mogollon said he plans to stay in shape at GW and ward off the notorious freshman 15.

“I exercised at home and plan to keep it up here,” Mogollon said.

The exercise science department offers one-credit courses that are helpful for students who have a hard time staying motivated to exercise. The classes, which students pass by attending, range from in-line skating to karate to aerobics.

The new Health and Wellness Center also offers more than 30 exercise classes this fall. Assistant Director of Sports and Fitness Services Gwen Roberts said the group fitness programs at the center will offer more than just normal aerobics.

“We offer spinning – a cycling class — aqua aerobics and body sculpting to name a few,” Roberts said.

The center also provides a fitness orientation to educate students about the equipment and a fitness assessment that tells students their body statistics such as body fat percentage and blood pressure.

Personal training is also available at the Wellness Center. Graduate assistants can help plan an exercise routine for individual students, Roberts said.

“We also have outdoor activities such as hiking trips and white water rafting,” Roberts said.

Roberts also said incentive programs are also available. After completing each week of the six-week program students receive a prize to help them establish a fitness routine.

Students can watch demonstrations of all fitness classes offered at GW during the Wellness fair August 28 in Kogan Plaza at 11 a.m.

Roberts said the building opening has already boosted the number of people on campus who are working out.

“Even within the first week of our opening there had been a huge increase in the number of people exercising,” Roberts said. “With the better facilities more people will be more interested in working out.”

Law student Brian Traficant, who uses the center’s cardio machines and basketball courts, said he was impressed with the new facilities and he plans to work out there throughout the year.

“It is better than Bally’s,” Traficant said. “It is cleaner and the equipment is new.”

Junior Megan Biligsley, who works at said the gym has been busy starting out.

Bilingsley said she exercises on campus by participating in club sports, including rugby.

GW offers a wide variety of intramural and club sports throughout the year. They are a good alternative for people who don’t like he gym.

Intramural sports at GW range from sand volleyball and kickball to billiards and basketball.

More than 700 students participated in the flag football league last year, when GW hosted 40 different intramural championships.

While some club sports require tryouts, intramural sports are open to all students, Haunert said.

“Intramural sports are a great way for students to get exercise,” Haunert said. “People don’t think they are getting a work out but they are while having fun.”

Assistant Director of Recreational Sports and Fitness Services Bryan Haunert said many fraternities, sororities, residence halls and student groups put together teams for intramurals. A “free agent” list allows students without teams to sign up for existing teams.

Students can sign up for an intramural team by stopping by suite 217 at the Wellness Center.

Working out and getting exercise is only half the battle as students attempt to trying to stay fit and healthy on campus. Eating well also is important.

Billingsley said she attempts to eat healthy, when it is convenient.

“I eat at J Street less and less because the food choices get old,” she said. ” I try to buy healthy food at the grocery store and cook at home.”

Market Director of Dining Services Jared Levin said dining services tries to provide healthy eating options on campus.

“Anybody who has any special diet will be able to find something on campus,” Levin said.

The Granary, a new vegetarian venue, opens this semester in J Street. It replaces the previous vegetarian station. Made-to-order meals will be cooked in front of students, Levin said.

A sushi bar with a salad and sandwich “grab-and-go” station will replace the salad bar in J Street, Levin said. Thurston Dining Hall also has some new healthier options, Levin said. Made-to-order salads will be available as well as grilled foods at the dining hall’s Grill Works.

Roberts advised students to be conscience of making healthy food choices.

“If you are aware you can always find healthy food,” Roberts said.

Roberts said it just takes some motivation on the student’s part to have a fit and healthy college career, which will lead to a healthy lifestyle after graduation.

Senior Mash Ahmadieh said although he has not worked out much during his time yet at GW he is excited about starting now.

“This new gym is perfect,” Ahmadieh said. “I plan on coming every day.”

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