When the new George Street Fitness Center (GSFC, 50 George St.) opens October 22, 2013, College of Charleston students will have a brand new fitness deck for small group fitness classes. College fitness classes take place six days a week in the GSFC, the F. Mitchell Johnson Physical Education Center (28 George St.), and the Willard A. Silcox Physical Education and Health Center (20 George St.).

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Out of the nine group-fitness classes offered by the College Department of Campus Recreation Services, these five are the most popular. Fitness Coordinator Bucky Buchanan tells you what you need to know about them:


Zumba: This aerobics class centers on fast-paced dancing to upbeat music. Zumba targets the cardiovascular system to raise heart rate and burn fat. It’s ideal for people who need a high-energy class to stay motivated.


Power Yoga: This version of yoga focuses on a flowing progression through yoga poses. The instructors emphasize strength-endurance, flexibility, and balance, and each class ends with a relaxing mediation.


Sanity: The College’s version of the INSANITY workout appeals to the more competitive among us. It combines high-interval exercise with light resistance training to provide a cardio and strength training workout.


HIIT: Like Sanity, High-Intensity Interval Training uses intervals of fast-paced, hardcore exercise as well as resistance training to deliver an intense cardio/strength training workout.


Cougar Training: This functional training class works best for people interested in developing their inner athlete. It focuses on high- and low-impact strength training and conditioning for practical athletic and daily use.


Beyond these, the College offers boot camps, health and wellness seminars and intensive small-group training classes. Find the best class for you on the Campus Recreation Services website.

For more information, email Bucky Buchanan at lbuchana@cofc.edu.