Special to UM News
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 18, 2015) – Just in time for summer, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center is introducing a new fitness orientation program designed for new or current members who are looking for a way to jumpstart their workout program.
“First Step Fitness” is a six-week program that includes personal training sessions, body composition assessments, a customized workout routine, and nutritional resources. The program costs $210 for UM student members and $300 for non-student members.
“We designed a holistic program,” said Erik Rueckle, a UM senior studying health care management and exercise physiology. “First Step Fitness gives our newer members all the tools they need to stay on a successful workout plan even after the six-week program has ended.”
Rueckle and fellow Herbert Wellness Center personal trainers are paired with participants based on goals and availability. Participants receive six 30-minute personal training sessions once a week throughout the program. A BOD-POD is used before the program to calculate body-fat percentage and other fitness variables to get baseline measurements. After the program, another BOD-POD assessment is preformed to measure the results.
Participants also receive a customized, detailed workout plan that is a guide they can use during and after the program’s duration. General nutrition information, such as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines and chosemyplate.gov resources, are also provided.
Nikki Reifschneider, assistant director of fitness and personal training at the Herbert Wellness Center, oversees the program. “I’m impressed with what Erik put together,” she said. “It combines many of the programs and services we offer at the Herbert Wellness Center into one package. It’s a helpful tool for our new or current members who might need some help getting started on the right track.”
First Step Fitness is open only to new and current members of the Herbert Wellness Center. Register for the program at the Herbert Wellness Center sales office. For more information, call 305-284-5433 or email email@example.com.
Personal trainers at the Herbert Wellness Center are typically UM students earning degrees in an exercise-related field such as exercise science, exercise physiology, sports medicine, or physical therapy. Each trainer is certified through a nationally recognized organization and exhibits practical and intellectual competency and leadership in fitness.