Lee University rec center posts videos to encourage fitness

Lee University’s Campus Recreation is reaching out to students via Instagram to grab their gym bag and head to the Rec.

Seniors Visha Johnson and Megan Owenby have teamed up to get students into the rec, working on their bodies. The women have started posting instructional videos on Instagram on workout technique as well as creative ways to get a workout in.

“When people don’t know, they don’t try,” Johnson said.

Johnson is an exercise science major and works at the DeVos Recreation Center. She believes there are many students who go to the rec center not knowing exactly what to do. She is hoping these videos will help students feel more comfortable and confident in the Rec.

Workout Wednesdays, Technique Tuesdays and Smoothie Saturdays are going to be the themes for videos posted each week. Workout Wednesdays will feature Owenby demonstrating a creative way to get endorphins pumping. Technique Tuesdays feature Lee Rugby player Stephen Wilson modeling the proper form for heavier lifts.

“Spangles [Wilson] has a lot of experience in the gym, so he is someone we trust to use proper form,” Owenby said.

Smoothie Saturdays include recipes for healthy smoothies that can be made on a budget.

Viewers can expect familiar faces to instruct them on all things fitness.

Johnson believes their videos will help bring in people who do not normally go to the Rec. According to Johnson, exercise helps to prevent diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and stress.

“Finding something to do every day makes a difference,” Johnson said.

Owenby, a certified personal trainer, encourages students to comment on the videos for requests. She also encourages students to come to her for help or instruction. Owenby graduates in December 2016 and hopes to have enough videos posted by then, so that anyone can go into the Rec knowing what to do to work out a specific muscle group.

Views have started to climb since the women started the project with their first workout post on September 28, 2016. They are now up to 271 views.

“I truly believe health and fitness is the key to emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual stability,” Owenby said.

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