Alejandra Garcia

 

agarcia@txwes.edu

 

The Morton Fitness Center, located next to the Brown Lupton Student Union Building, offers students the chance to tone their bodies while also promoting tips on a healthy lifestyle. Aaron

Meisa Keivani Najafabadi | Rambler Staff

Whaley, director of the Morton Fitness Center, said membership is free to all students, $50 for faculty and $100 for alumni. Whaley said it is important for students to become members so they can achieve overall wellness. Whaley said he thinks more students are starting to get involved in the group classes. Currently, the Morton Fitness Center offers group classes in Zumba, Yoga, Kickboxing and a class he teaches called Let’s Have a Ball. “I think they are realizing these group classes are something they can do,” Whaley said. “[It’s] something they can center. Some of the reasons include enjoying a healthy lifestyle, trying losing weight, lowering cholesterol or fighting disease. Whaley said a good amount of students have joined the fitness center, but he thinks more students should join. “I don’t think enough are taking advantage of the free membership,” Whaley said. “I don’t feel like they are utilizing it enough. “Whaley said all of the instructors who teach the classes are certified and have plenty of experience. The instructors are not only certified in their individual recreational activity, but, also in First Aid and Automated External Defibrillator. Whaley said the Fitness Center also offers free massages to students every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shelley Morelan provides them; a massage therapist who has her own massage facility in Crowley, Texas called Chiropractic Wellness Café.  Clay Lawson, junior business management major, said he works out in the Fitness Center regularly because it has good equipment and it is convenient. “Normally, I try to go everyday,” Lawson said. Raquel Salgueiro, senior finance major, is a student worker in the Morton Fitness Center. Salgueiro said she visited the Fitness Center so often, she decided it would be a good place to work. “It’s clean, nice and open and the machines are up to date,” Salgueiro said. “I was here like all the time last semester.

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