After two years of COVID-19 restrictions, Taylor Gym is running its fitness classes at full capacity this semester.
Taylor Gym offers a list of 27 classes offered per week in several disciplines. Body pump, yoga, zumba, and spin classes are some of the options available to students in the gym’s fitness center.
Genna Albano, assistant director of fitness and education programs, said Taylor Gym classes provide opportunities for students who are trying to get back into the exercise routine or who have never been to a fitness center. fitness but want to learn how to exercise productively.
“Training is already scheduled for you – just show up,” Albano said. “Your instructor is trained to guide you through a safe workout and maximize your time in space by getting you moving efficiently.”
Stepping away from pandemic operations, Albano said Taylor Gym has struggled to get the message out about classes to students, many of whom have spent time at Lehigh in remote or hybrid learning environments.
This is the first year since 2019 that fitness classes have been offered in person, without a mask or an appointment. Prior to the pandemic, Albano said all classes were at maximum capacity and the gym itself was at peak usage.
Senior class instructor Jenna Rose said she’s noticed that in the wake of the pandemic, many students have found their own at-home workout routines or signed up at other gyms around the world. the Lehigh Valley. She said she thinks Taylor Gym and its offerings have greater value than alternatives sought by students.
For students, the cost of 13 weeks of unlimited lessons is $89. For teachers, it’s $120. Student value is approximately $7 per class.
Alternatively, students can purchase a $10 day pass to pay for one class session. However, members registered for fitness classes have priority for places in full classes.
“When it comes to (about) six bucks a week, you can’t compare that to other gyms,” Rose said. “There’s so much more to offer here too. It is extremely convenient. They are absolutely incomparable, if not better.
During the first week of each semester, Albano said Taylor Gym advertises free classes to students and faculty as a way to entice people to try a session and increase their source of income for the school year.
Albano said the university does not allocate a budget for gym classes and fitness equipment, which is why students and faculty have to pay.
But the pandemic isn’t the only thing that has changed Taylor Gym in recent years.
Albano said that when she started working at the university in December 2011, no academic classes were offered during lunch hours or after 4 p.m. students and teachers who no longer have time to train.
Taylor Gym’s staff size has also grown since then.
Albano said that this year, Taylor Gym added nine student instructors to its staff. Students can enroll in summer workshops to become certified to teach fitness classes. She said she feels this process of self-selection of instructors leads to more engaging and fulfilling classes.
“If the instructor is up there and doesn’t enjoy what he’s doing, it shows,” Albano said. “I take pride in making sure that we have standards of practice here and that we put people in this space who are really going to have a positive influence on other members of the Lehigh community.”
Recent graduate Eloise Trout, 22, was a spin instructor at Taylor Gym for three years. She said it was hard to leave her classes at the end of her time at Lehigh because the community of people at each class was special to her.
She said it became a place for her to relieve stress, focus, unplug and sweat it out for an hour.
“(Being an instructor) taught me that being present in moments and going to a class or doing something outside of your comfort zone gives you the opportunity to meet people that you may never have had. lucky to meet before,” Trout said.
Online registration for fitness classes is available at lehigh.edu/fitness.