UP Recreational Services is now offering virtual fitness classes twice a day in Microsoft Teams! Each weekday at 12:15 p.m. and either 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., Beauchamp’s fitness instructors will guide students, faculty, and staff through live group workouts. Saturday is a special Weekend Warrior class. All fitness levels and beginners welcome. Classes include: yoga, plyometrics, Zumba and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
Rec Services’ virtual fitness program serves to help members of our UP community stay active, healthy, and energized. Live classes provide unique opportunities for community engagement as we adapt to the changes and challenges presented by COVID19. Members are encouraged to join our live classes but also have the option to access workouts on their own time, as classes will be archived in Microsoft Teams.
To become a member of the ‘UP Rec Services Virtual Fitness’ team, send a quick email request to Kaitlin Bourne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does it work? Once on the team, members can adjust their notification settings and select the classes of their interest. Members can also ‘hide’ the classes they are not interest in to reduce notifications.
Each fitness class is listed as a ‘channel’ (organized numerically on the left side of the screen). There, members can view the list of classes and the days/times they stream live. Fitness instructors will begin their class by initiating a ‘call’ within the specific class channel 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.
To take a live class, members should enter Microsoft Teams through their UP account apps page, rather than the calendar notification to avoid initiating a new call.
Once in Microsoft Teams, members can join live classes anytime within the class time frame by pressing ‘join.’ At the class start time, instructors will ask members to mute their microphones for recording purposes. Fitness instructors prefer members keep their cameras on so they can see their students but that is the member’s choice.
Classes do not require any fitness specific equipment but a flat, open surface is suggested. At times, instructors may get creative and use household items such as a towel, chair or water bottle.
Members are welcome to post hellos and positive comments in the chat box during class. After class, they are encouraged to un-mute their microphones to chat with the instructor and others in the class.
To take an archived class, members can access recorded classes in Microsoft Teams on their own time by going to the desired class channel and clicking on the ‘Archived Class Video’ section at the top of the page.
- Monday: 12:15 p.m. – Yoga Works with Kaitlin; 5 p.m. – Plyometrics Plus with Lauren
- Tuesday: 12: 15 p.m. – Sweaty 20 with Kailtin (additional posted workouts by Julee) 6 p.m. – HIIT with Brie
- Wednesday: 12:15. p.m. – Beginners Plyometrics Plus with Lauren; 6 p.m. – Zumba with Brady
- Thursday: 12:15 p.m. – Beginners HIIT with Brie; 5 p.m. – Plyometrics Plus with Lauren
- Friday: 12:15 p.m. – Zumba with Brady
- Saturday: 12 p.m. – HIIT with Brie
For additional workout ideas and recreational pursuits, please visit UP’s Recreational Services website at https://www.up.edu/recservices/index.html.
Hope to see you in a class soon!