January 31, 2023

On Monday night, personal trainer, Dalexis Galguera, shows sophomore entertainment management major Julissa Caporata how to properly perform a barbell row.
 
Students in the Small Group Training program at UCF RWC were encouraged to show support to their peers with fist bumps and high-fives.

On Monday night, personal trainer, Dalexis Galguera, shows sophomore entertainment management major Julissa Caporata how to properly perform a barbell row.
 
UCF’s Recreation and Wellness Center launched its new Small Group Training program Monday to help familiarize students and members with strength training with a certified personal trainer.
Emily Lazazzara, fitness graduate assistant at the RWC, came up with the idea for this program after noticing there was a high demand for personal training but a limited supply of trainers.
Lazazzara said the center had a waitlist of up to 100 people last year, and most people who signed up for personal training did not get paired with a trainer until March.
“My main goal was to mitigate that and get people trained as quickly as possible,” Lazazzara said. “If we could get a group of people with a common goal and put them together, we could still educate them so they are free to go on their own and still feel like their goals are met.”
Lazazzara said these programs are more educational than the other group exercises offered and have a structured lesson that all trainers follow so every client gets the exact same experience. 
“Ultimately, everyone is getting the same education from what we believe is ground one up until you’re ready to go to the gym on your own,” Lazazzara said.
Students in the Small Group Training program at UCF RWC were encouraged to show support to their peers with fist bumps and high-fives.
One of the two classes offered, Intro to Weightlifting, met for the first time Monday night to teach beginners how to use common fitness equipment and create their own fitness routine.
Dalexis Galguera, a junior entertainment management major, is the personal trainer for the Intro to Weightlifting program and said Small Group Training is a nice change in dynamic compared to the other programs. Galguera said with this new program, he can now dedicate more time to getting people more comfortable in the gym.  
Galguera said his goal is to be able to send everyone onto the weight floor with the basic knowledge and feeling comfortable. 
The first meeting emphasized the importance of warming up and cooling down before and after a workout, as well as breathing techniques and proper form.
Julissa Caporata, a sophomore entertainment management major, signed up for the program because she wanted to be able to come to the gym without asking anyone for help.
“I want to get to know weightlifting more,” Caporata said. “I always come to the gym, but I don’t have a lot of knowledge on how to do it right.”
The program also offers a Women’s Weightlifting class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which is designed to teach female clients how to properly strength train. Lazazzara said both classes are essentially the same, the only difference is one is geared toward females. 
“It’s a more inclusive space because female participation in the RWC is down, so we wanted to give them a safe space,” Lazazzara said.
The programs cost $60 for students and $100 for members, and they will meet twice a week in the Group Exercise Studio from Aug. 29 through Oct. 11. There will be two sessions every semester and students can sign up again in October for another six-week program.
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