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Exercising for summer body readiness

Tyler Didra, the fitness instructor for Women on Weights, has two years experience in personal training.
Tyler Didra, the fitness instructor for Women on Weights, has two years’ experience in personal training.

Summer 2021 is almost here, and with it comes a renewed optimism among Americans that, hopefully, the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic are over. But with this optimism, there is an added pressure to “be extra-ready” with one’s “summer body” this year, which wills a goal arguably tougher than in years past thanks to a year of quarantine.

Tyler Didra, the campus recreation fitness instructor. (Photo by Tyler Didra)

Here’s what Stevenson University has to offer its community to achieve that coveted look, which, first and foremost, should be contextualized.

A “summer body” (or “beach body”) isn’t a ripped torso, cellulite-free thighs and glutes of steel; it is a body you can feel comfortable in and most proud of when you step out on that beach. The prospect of attaining this look, whatever it might be, may seem hard at first, but a good workout paired with consistency and a healthy diet will surely render positive results.

Tyler Didra, a Stevenson University Fitness Instructor, emphasized the importance of practicality first. “To actually make a goal happen, it needs to be realistic,” she said, before adding that, to attain physical results, it’s crucial to set specific goals within an arranged time frame. Sticking to this routine is a must, as well.

Mustangs are in luck when it comes to accessing diverse fitness options, both on-campus or from home. Stevenson’s Campus Recreation offers workout courses that include, but are not limited to:

  • Butts N’ Guts
  • Yoga
  • BOSU Burn
  • Line Dancing
  • Yogalates

Attendance in these classes is capped due to safety precautions, however; it is important that interested persons sign up for their sessions in advance when classes return to in-person for the fall.

The Garrison Hall North Fitness Center located on the Owings Mills campus. (Photo by Andrew Vetsch)

For Mustangs preferring to work out from home, there are various routines to choose from on SU’s Campus Rec’s YouTube channel and Instagram, including “Four-Minute Full-Body HIIT Workouts” and “10-Minute Back-Strengthening Workouts.”

Essentially, there’s “something for everyone,” Didra said. An added bonus to joining SU Campus Rec’s fitness courses and clubs, added Didra, is that they create community and an environment where students can all work toward their individual goals with the support from other students trying to do the same thing.

SU students, faculty and staff can sign up for gym appointments at Garrison Hall North Fitness Center and Caves Fitness Center here. The hours for each facility are listed below:

Caves Fitness Center

  • Monday – Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday – Noon to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday – Noon to 10:30 p.m.

Garrison Hall North Fitness Center

  • Monday – Thursday – Noon to 10:30 p.m.
  • Friday – Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday – Closed
  • Sunday – Closed

For more information on fitness, gym facilities, workout class schedules and nutrition, please contact Tyler Didra at [email protected].

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Exercising for summer body readiness