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JagFit takes precautions against COVID-19

JagFit takes precautions against COVID-19 - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Students Alexis Leal, Mia Alfred, Jennifer Rodriguez, Julianne Ramirez and Mia Taglia perform the lotus pose during a JagFit Yoga session on October 27, 2021. JagFit Yoga is held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-12:50pm in the Senator Frank L. Madla Building, Room 134. Photo by Bella Lopez

More JagFit classes have resumed in person after the coronavirus pandemic while continuing to take safety precautions for classgoers. Classes such as Zumba, STRONG60, AMPD resistance, yoga, bootcamp, body sculpt and street conditioning are being offered to students and staff.

Amber Graham, the assistant director of recreational sports at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, described class attendance and safety precautions amid COVID-19. 

“Anything where we can be more in person we get much better attendance, but some people still use our virtual classes,” Graham said. 

Some virtual classes that are still available are Kettlebell AMPD from 6:00 to 6:50 P.M. on Tuesdays, AMPD resistance from 6:00 to 6:50 p.m. on Wednesdays and STRONG60 from 4:00 to 4:50 p.m. on Fridays. 

Participants are not required to wear a mask but must stay 3 feet apart. 

“I like that we can be in person one on one again so that way we can be more interactive with participants,” fitness instructor Teresa De La Torre said. 

De La Torre is a fitness instructor at  A&M-San Antonio who teaches AMPD resistance and Kettlebell AMPD. 

Some classes such as yoga and street conditioning are also offered outdoors for participants who are not comfortable with being inside the studio.

Students and staff also can use the fitness center in Room 128 of the Madla Building if they feel more comfortable to exercise on their own.

“Keeping the temperature in the fitness center at 69 degrees is a very helpful thing we do that prevents the spread of germs,” Graham said. 

Fitness center staff take COVID-19 precautions such as the use of of germicidal wipes after using a machine, UV light sterilization wand for hard-to-reach places, regularly scheduled deep cleaning with a third-party janitorial service, hand sanitizer at various stations in the gym and  wiping down the equipment every 15 minutes. 

“We’ve always had very strict sanitation policies so we can protect our members,” Graham said.

Students do not have to pay an extra fee to participate in fitness classes because it is already included in their tuition. For faculty and staff JagFit offers two recreational membership plans, a 12-month plan for $20.83 a month and a nine-month plan for $27.78 a month.

Nutrition coaching and personal training are also offered for students, faculty and staff. To find out more about JagFit’s fitness opportunities, visit the JagFit webpage. 

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Sarah Centeno
Sarah Centeno is a communication senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She received her associate degree from San Antonio College. She is a military wife, mother and professional vocalist who performs throughout Texas. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and working on new music.

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