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Stay active while staying in


The Cortland Recreational Sports Office is making it possible for students, faculty and staff to work out while at home. Those interested can participate in group exercise classes, personal training or several other fun activities.

Group exercise classes are continuing this semester virtually. Eight different free programs are being offered Monday through Friday.  These sessions allow students and faculty to get their heartrate up, while having some fun.

“The classes are free to join,” said Louise Mahar, assistant director in Recreational Sports. “Everyone is welcome.”

The personal training program is also going virtual. It is a multi-class curriculum that is tailored to each individual for the best results. Those interested must first fill out the personal training interest form. A student personal trainer will then contact interested campus community members within five business days.

An $18 per hour fee is charged for online personal training sessions, although the rate is lower if patrons purchase six or 12 sessions in advance.

Recreation remains a strong interest to SUNY Cortland students, even when a pandemic makes activities virtual.

While assisting participants achieve their physical goals, virtual personal training is also helping trainers prepare for the future.

“As a physical education major, I see these virtual classes preparing me for the future,” said student trainer Pearl Fletcher, a senior from Bronx, N.Y.

“Being virtual helps me network with others,” Fletcher said.

Recreational Sports is additionally offering several outdoor and virtual recreational opportunities for students. An outdoor scavenger hunt and open lawn games are available to Cortland students, if they obey COVID-19 protocols.

For more information on these events, contact assistant director of Recreational Sports, Intramural Sports and Sports Clubs Matthew Nuesell.

“It is virtual, no one will know it’s you,” Mahar advised students on the fence about participating in these programs. “It doesn’t hurt to try.”

Prepared by Communications Office writing intern Nicholas Boyer