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At times, going to the gym can feel overwhelming and daunting. Some days getting up and working out feels like an impossible task. However, a group setting can sometimes be the best for amping up your motivation. Being surrounded by a group and knowing that everyone will be doing the same thing together can be a great boost in confidence.
One fitness group on campus is CHAARG, who meets weekly to explore different workouts in a group setting. Ranging from barre, to Zumba, to kick boxing, there’s something new every week for members to enjoy. As an all female workout group, they focus on empowering women in the gym.
Junior Audrey Severn, a double major in international business and government and politics, said CHAARG pushes members to do their best both in fitness and in general. She loves CHAARG because it’s “a support system I’ve loved having in college.”
Another way to get into fitness would be to join club sports. There’s so many to choose from, between swimming, to golf, to ultimate frisbee, and being on a supportive team of passionate people is a great way to stay fit.
“Playing on a team provides the strongest sense of community,” said senior criminology and criminal justice major Kailey Lauter. As president of the club field hockey team, Lauter said being part of the team has made her a stronger leader as well. Club sports are flexible in attendance, making them a perfect fit for the busy lives of college students.
Intramural sports is also a great option to get involved in exercise with a group that’s a little more lowkey. There’s no tryouts like in some club sports, and many students join with no knowledge or background of the sport, as a total beginner. Senior communications major McKenzie Fagan played intramural soccer, and said it was much less intimidating than working out alone.
“It was a super inviting way to get active and the team based sport allowed me to make friends a lot easier than being at a gym,” Fagan said.
Finding the motivation to exercise can be challenging, but with a whole group supporting you it’s a whole lot easier. Try out these clubs for a new way to exercise and find your fit.