CRS Livestreaming Group Fitness Classes

Students, faculty and staff take part in CofC’s Campus Recreation Services series of workouts being livestreamed online for free on Instagram (@cofcfitness) and on Facebook while we all stay home during the coronavirus outbreak. (Photos by Heather Moran)

Now more than ever, it’s important to keep our bodies healthy and strong, and the College of Charleston’s Campus Recreation Services (CRS) is making that easy! In an effort to keep the Cougar community in touch and in shape during the period of learning and working remotely due to COVID-19, CRS is using social media to livestream yoga classes and other group fitness classes, including Core Blast, HIIT and Cougar X – allowing students, faculty and staff to stay fit from the safety of their own homes. Streamed via Facebook Live (CofC Campus Recreation Services) and Instagram (@cofcfitness), the classes will be held twice a day, Monday through Friday. All classes are led by one of CRS’ group fitness leaders, with CRS Fitness Coordinator Sara Coleman ’17 also tuned in to assist with exercise modifications and technical capabilities.
“I am so excited about this,” says Coleman, adding that the classes are in addition to weekly challenges, workouts and tips that CRS will be posting to its social media channels and its blog. “We just want to keep it fresh and fun, and to create interaction with our students and keep them fit. If nothing else, we hope to add some positive energy and smiles to their day.” commentsAnd, so far, it seems to be doing just that. A total of 76 people – including students and alumni in California, New Jersey, Spain and Korea – tuned into the first virtual group fitness class, Core Blast, on Monday, March 23, 2020, with several grateful and excited comments.
“I’m so proud of all of you who showed up today and for hanging in there for this workout,” senior business administration major and CRS group fitness leader Lizzy Amidon told the participants. “You’re going to feel so great all day after doing this workout!”
“This is all new to us, too – and, while we’re not experts in technology, I think people will appreciate our genuineness,” says Coleman, adding that – from what she can see – the College of Charleston is the only university livestreaming group fitness classes right now. “Zero are offering exercise classes from home, so this is going to be pretty neat!” For a schedule of livestreaming classes, check the CRS social media channels and/or the Campus Recreation Services website.