One-Hour Fitness options for every schedule

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College continues to encourage healthy lifestyle choices for community members

With school back in session and the everyday hustle in full swing, it can be difficult to find time for physical fitness. Fortunately for residents of Liberal, there are One-Hour Workouts at SCCC. Sponsored by the office of Business & Industry, One-Hour Workouts offer a wide variety of fitness training at equally varied times. 

“Those of us who work at the college know firsthand how tricky it can be to find time for exercise,” said B&I Director Norma Jean Dodge. “We are really hoping to meet a need in our community through these course offerings.”

To reduce stress and increase mobility, consider Tai Chi, a graceful form of exercise often prescribed for those who need to take their stress levels down a notch. Instructor Terri Barnes will lead classes twice weekly, from 5:10 to 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesdays in room SW002 on the lower level of the Student Union. The 10-session class runs from Monday, Aug. 20, through Sept. 26, and has a $49 fee. 

Want to increase strength? The early-morning weight-training class taught by Taryn Dinh from 5:15 to 6 a.m. in room SW001, also in the lower level of the Student Union, will do the job. Meeting for 10 sessions from Sept. 11 to Oct. 16, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, this class will help participants build muscle through a tailored program designed to help meet personal goals. Class members might want to gain muscle mass or decrease body fat. Either way, learning proper mechanics for basic lifts will help beginners, intermediate lifters, or those with more experience. Cost is $49.

Strength, balance and Relaxation sessions will be offered as a lunchtime course, from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday from Sept. 19 to 24 (six sessions). Instructor Brooke Cedilla will offer fun, invigorating methods to restore energy, calm the mind, and eliminate those afternoon “blahs.” Moving with strength and fluidity is the focus. The class takes place in room SW002, lower level of Student Union, and costs $29 for six sessions. 

Dodge said the classes provide a great option for health that benefits individuals and the community, in keeping with the college’s partnership with the Liberal Area Coalition for Families. 

“One of the key directions at Seward is to promote a safe and healthy campus, and as a community college, we like to extend that vision to all our community members,” she said. “Dr. T has encouraged us to think about the quality of life in the community with our Pathway/Trail system and healthy vending options on campus. The classes offered through B&I give people a way to take it a step further, try new methods, make friends, and jump start their health with a little encouragement. We hope to see you there.”

To register for the classes, or get more information, you may contact Jennifer Farmer at the SCCC Business & Industry Office, 620-417-1170, or email 

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