Hardbodies class will help you ‘get that summer body

by Seth Louis/ Contributing Writer

My heart was pounding, my legs were on fire and droplets of sweat dripped down my face hitting the floor. I just completed my first “Hardbodies” workout. It is a total body workout which incorporates yoga exercises, dance, weights and resistance bands with fast-paced repetitions.

For anyone looking the get that summer body, stay in shape, or maintain a healthy lifestyle, this is the class for you. The class is taught by Nihat Strider on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4:10 p.m. -5:00 p.m. in the upstairs rooms of the FIU Recreation Center, at the Modesto Maidique Campus.

The class started with a few stretches and jumping jacks to get us loosened up for about five minutes. The next 50 minutes were filled with intense, fast-paced repetitions of workouts which alternated between arm, chest, legs, back strengthening workouts and finished off with 10 minutes of ab workouts. Then finally, a cool off period to once again stretch and relax.

For his class, Strider utilizes weights with resistance bands for a whole body workout. Derived from his love of weight training, he cultivated this class to resemble that of a weight training class, but without a lot of the weight.

“You don’t have to pick up 50 pounds, you can pick up five pounds or less,” Strider says.

For anyone hesitant about coming to the class, his advice is to “come and participate in the back, I won’t call you out if I know you are new.”

Strider has participants who have been attending his classes for two years who come back to him with praise for getting them stronger. “You can never overdo this class, every time just add a little more weight to see the results,” he says.

Strider is a certified trainer who has trained the FIU cheerleaders, the Golden Dazzlers, Miss FIU and received the Worlds Ahead Award from President Rosenberg. He has amassed a vast amount of knowledge about health and fitness and this enables him to give dietary advice, such as eating foods with low carbs and increasing fiber intake.

“From this workout and staying fit, I feel more confident,” Strider says. The fitness enthusiast used to be heavier, but decided to make healthier changes to his life.

Strider explains how, “Your health is directly connected to your emotional well-being … When I was younger, I was fat and when I started working out, I overcame a lot of fears becoming more confident.” He further mentions that working out is scientifically proven to release endorphins to help your brain recover from bad experiences.

For anyone wishing to follow his classes, Strider is preparing to start a YouTube channel for those looking to work out from home. There are multiple fitness classes here at FIU, but from my experience, this class is probably the best to maintain total body muscle.

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