Students explore the WRC’s “Free Week”



Students had the opportunity to try out the WRC’s group fitness classes for free during the week of Jan. 23-27. Students should keep their eyes out for more unique opportunities with fitness classes around campus this semester.


This week, the Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC) is hosting its annual “Free Week” where group fitness classes are being offered for free to UNI students. Students can try out different classes throughout the week to see what types of classes they may be interested in taking. Free Week has taken place at UNI for over 25 years now, and is a great way for students to start healthy habits for the new semester. 

Some of the many classes available include: multiple Cycling options, Body Pump, Cardio HIIT, Fighter Body, Women on Weights and Butts and Guts. 

Christopher B. Denison, who is the Director of Recreation Services at the WRC, shared that there will be some new classes as well.

“We also have a couple of new classes this semester including willPower (a mix of balance and cardio), Breathe and Flow Yoga, and RAD (Self Defense).  The RAD class will be taught by Lt. Dally (UNI Police) and is offered for free.  There will be two options, one before spring break and the other after. Spots are limited in this class,” he said.

Along with new classes, the WRC has added new areas for students to explore. “We installed outdoor fitness equipment on the west side of the WRC, next to the sand volleyball court.  We look forward to seeing students using this equipment,” he said. “We also built a boxing center in racquetball court 5 and that has been a big hit for those that are using it.” 

Denison shared his joy at the current success of Free Week, and also mentioned for students to keep their eyes open for future “Pop Ups” where the WRC will take fitness activities to other parts of campus, such as cycling at the Campanile and having yoga in GBPAC.

Students can expect each class to have an average size of 12-15 students with the maximum at 20. The WRC currently has 13 instructors teaching, some of which are students. The WRC is always constantly looking for staff, so students who have a possible interest in becoming a student instructor can contact Christopher B. Denison either by his email, [email protected] or stop by room 101 in the WRC.