Sarah Carter ‘24
Since returning for the fall semester, students at the College of the Holy Cross have experienced a campus immersed in the splendor of in-person activities. From carnival games on Freshman Field to learning in lecture halls, the magnitude of the campus’s transition from last spring to this fall can not be understated. Now, students can revel in yet another in-person offering that supplements the already impressive assemblage of opportunities available on campus: the Jo introduces a new line of group fitness classes.
The most vital component about these classes is the fact that they are in-person! A welcome improvement from last semester’s impersonal, albeit functional, virtual classes offered via Fitness OnDemand. All information regarding class schedules, descriptions, and registration can be located in myHC; however, let’s spend some time expatiating on the subject now.
To learn more about the instructor-led classes at the Jo, The Spire met with Class Senator and Chair of Public Affairs, Ava Cloghessy, ‘24. Ava, who is an active member of the Public Affairs Committee focused on promulgating awareness for Senate initiatives and bills and representing the student body, is a staunch advocate for the Jo’s new in-person classes.
Throughout the semester, the facility will offer classes in a variety of styles, including spin, pilates, zumba, yoga, and more. With regards to the generous selection available, Cloghessy says she is most looking forward to attending spin because “ . . . it’s something [she’s] always wanted to try.” In her interview, Cloghessy underscored the SGA’s decision to make these fitness classes free to all HC students, explaining that because “ . . . we’re all back on campus together, [they] wanted to make the best use of the Jo by offering opportunities for fitness that every student can participate in.” The SGA, short for Student Government Association, works to bring forward initiatives that benefit the well-being of students at the College. Cloghessy cites the SGA’s decision to make these classes free as related to a belief that everyone should have access to the new classes. She believes they will foster a fun and uplifting environment that will introduce to students new ways to explore working out. According to her, “It is important to have access to a network of fitness opportunities on a college campus so students of all abilities can find a wellness routine that works for them and their unique needs.”
Cloghessy closed her interview by clarifying her intent to propagate awareness for the new recreational fitness classes and engage the student body via social media communications. She feels vehemently that once students experience these classes, they will tell their friends about them and class attendance will continue to grow. She also urges students to visit @hcsenate to learn more about this and other SGA undertakings. As always, the Jo is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.