Fitness Classes and Wellness Program
I am petitioning for group exercise classes and a more accessible wellness program offered to all students, not just athletes (but of course Goucher athletes included), administered by Goucher College. Group exercise is a fun and social opportunity for fitness;it also generates more on-campus jobs because it can allow students to become certified and be paid to teach the classes.These classes are not limited to this list but could include; Kickboxing, Group Strength, Yoga, Aerobics, Circuit Training and Self Defense. Schools in Baltimore (including JHU, Morgan State, Loyola, University of Baltimore, Notre Dame of Maryland,Towson University) all offer a variety of free group fitness drop-in-classes; meaning we are the only school in Baltimore with a athletics department that does not have this type of wellness program offered to its students. Out of that list of schools above we come in second for paying the highest tuition, above Loyola and just below John Hopkins; which confirms the obligation for Goucher College to develop a more operative wellness program for its students. Goucher College is known for its Pilates Center; which offers only paid classes to Goucher Students, either you are lucky enough to pay for it as a class and get college credit, or you pay over 600 dollars for one semester that includes 11 classes. We also offer water aerobics classes to the public for $55.00 a semester, and as a Goucher member you get a discount of $10.00 off. There is also a group on campus that holds weekly Zumba classes, however, this is not administered through the athletics department or part of our wellness program. It is time that Goucher College puts money not only towards the athletic teams, but begins offering a community wellness program that does not cost additional money.