By Maria Flores, Feb. 23, 2021
While travel is still discouraged to slow the spread of COVID-19, ASI Campus Recreation developed the upcoming Fitness Passport for students to travel virtually by attending weekly fitness classes centered around diverse countries.
The Fitness Passport will consist of classes hosted by ASI group fitness instructors in cardio, dance, martial arts and meditative classes that are all focused on a cultural theme.
“A lot of fitness comes from different parts of the world,” said Mark Gonzales, a third-year kinesiology student and ASI fitness instructor. “The idea is you will attend a group fitness class virtually and just like the punch card system that we used to have we send you a digital passport.”
Gonzales added that for every fitness class attended, students will earn a stamp, and if they reach at least 15 stamps they will qualify for a giveaway at the end of the semester.
Ivan Serrano, ASI fitness coordinator, and his team of student fitness supervisors created the program as an advancement of the “Frequent Fitness Stamp Card Program,” an on-campus program previously offered at the BRIC.
The BRIC supplied stamp cards to registered CPP students. For every fitness class attended, a hole was punctured to the student’s card. At the end of the semester, if students attended 24 or more fitness classes they would qualify for the “Fitness Finally,” a dinner at the BRIC’s poolside to celebrate and award active students for their engagement.
Although the Frequent Fitness Stamp Card Program is no longer operating due to the BRIC’s closure in March, both programs were established to encourage physical activity, but the Fitness Passport took on a theme.
Cesar Cruz, a fourth-year English education student and ASI fitness supervisor shared, “The idea came from hearing other folks. They wanted to travel and how do we do this? The Fitness Passport.”
Since last October, many discussions among the ASI coordinator and supervisors took place to launch the digital passport. It was scheduled to release before the spring semester began, but due to some setbacks the release date remains uncertain.
“Our plan was to have everything ready at the start of the semester on the 25th of January,” Serrano said. “We finalized all the visual aspects that we needed so the digital stamp, the passport forms, and the small icons make it what it is.”
As the passport program readies to launch, ASI invites students to participate in other programs offered throughout the semester. Serrano shared that the first digital passport stamp could have been earned through the bootcamp circuit class offered on Feb. 4. Any fitness class associated with ASI fitness group programs will qualify for a passport stamp.
“At the end of each week we are going to tally up our attendance list, to see who registered for the passport and which other programs, they attended during the week,” said Serrano. “For folks who already registered right now, don’t sweat; you will still get the credit you got for attending our programs.”
To earn stamps for the Fitness Passport, registered student can access weekly live fitness groups free of charge. Before an event starts, an email will be sent offering free resources including music to play in the background, especially for meditative practices, along with recommended equipment.
“Take advantage of the programs, it’s a great resource, especially for those freshly starting,” said Cruz. “It’s a great way to segment to your fitness lifestyle.”
To see the upcoming virtual workout and workshop schedule, visit the website: http://asi.cpp.edu/campusrec/programs/fitness/group-fitness/
For more information about registering, visit: https://recportal.cpp.edu/Program/GetProducts?classification=974a3a51-8b9e-4a48-980b-aa65285f7546
Feature image courtesy of ASI Campus Recreation.
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