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GRCC hosts certification classes for spinning instructors

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Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

616-234-4213

lnixon@grcc.edu

Dec. 9, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Area fitness professionals can add spinning classes to their skill sets after attending certification training Dec. 7 at Grand Rapids Community College.

Spinning classes — in which an instructor leads students on stationary bikes through a workout — have grown in popularity, but getting certified to teach them usually meant a drive to Kalamazoo. Jodi Gee, head of GRCC's wellness department, decided to organize a spinning certification class closer to home. The result: 17 fitness professionals took the first spinning certification class this past Saturday.

“Spinning classes are a great way to get a cardiovascular workout, burn calories and release stress,” Gee said.

The college offered a spinning class to students for the first time this fall. Classes have also been recently offered to faculty and staff through GRCC’s employee wellness program.

“Spinning has been a great addition to the wellness department’s curriculum and employee wellness offerings,” Gee said. “And now we also have the ability to offer nationally recognized certifications to our surrounding community members. Our students can gain a certification and teach spinning while finishing their degree. It’s a win for everyone!”

GRCC plans to offer more spinning instructor certification courses. Email jgee@grcc.edu for more information.

Students in GRCC’s wellness courses learn how exercise, nutrition, weight control and stress management promote health and how to relate those skills into workplace safety and wellness practices. Studies also include the causes, prevention and management of disease as well as knowledge of general anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to customize exercise programs for fitness, metabolism and weight control.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.