Reported by Lena Alsayegh
With the weather taking a turn as we approach winter, and the semester being burdened with midterms, fitness gets put on the back burner. However, Langara College’s fitness clubs aim to power through the darker months and help keep student energy levels up.
Club for runners is available to students
The Langara Run Club is one of several clubs that focus on physical activity.
Founded in the spring of 2013, it aims to bring together like-minded runners and encourage a “healthy and longer life”, as stated on their Facebook page. Meetings usually begin with a stretch before heading for laps around the Langara Golf Course.
Club leader Raquel Espinoza’s motivation comes from a need to stay active for personal health reasons. Though running has the added benefit of boosting her mood and tempering school stress.
Other members come from mostly kinesiology backgrounds, who congregate to meet new people while keeping fit. While it is mostly self-motivated, the group atmosphere is definitely encouraging, and students of all fitness levels are welcome.
“Some people don’t do a lot of physical activity and some people have been doing it for years, running marathons on their own,” Espinoza said, “we’ll wait as long as it takes [for people] to finish, and we keep encouraging them and they can actually keep going and keep running.”
Club member Adam McKeown has noticed increased focus and efficiency since joining, in addition to motivating him to exercise outside of school.
“My fitness has gradually increased in both intensity and duration since joining early September,” he said.
There is another fitness club if you are not a runner
Langara’s Strength and Conditioning Club is more informational in nature, and according to their mission statement, exists to “bring awareness to principles [that help achieve] the finest state of physical being.”
Hosting guest speakers, engaging in knowledge sharing, and collaborating with UBC’s club by attending events there, members find the community helpful.
“We engage in activities and discussions that help us improve and mobilize our bodies,” said club member Edward Leung. “Here, we learn lots, and have fun doing it.”
Nima Azarang, club co-leader, is a fitness coach and explained the logistics.
“We tend to talk more about the scientific stuff, the stuff that happens in the gym. It’s a specific part of the health circle, and students knowing there’s a community talking about exercise motivates them to try the stuff they’ve learned,” he said.
The Langara Run Club meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, and the Strength and Conditioning Club meets every Thursday.