Women-only training hours at Tempe SDFC provide an inclusive training environment

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This semester, the personal training service of the Tempe Sun Devil Fitness Complex and Live Well @ ASU offer Women-Only Workout Hours – a dedicated women’s space featuring free workouts, help from personal trainers, women’s wellness talks, and exercise workshops.

Training hours reserved for women are held in the Adaptive training zone at Tempe SDFC Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. There are free workout materials to use during sessions, such as weights, TRX gear, and an open space for workouts with personal guidance. trainers if needed.

“The mission of our women-only training is to create an inclusive environment and to empower students with skills, knowledge and to create a community in which individuals feel confident,” said Ashley Campbell, program coordinator at Tempe SDFC and creator of Women’s Training Hours.

Campbell said anyone who identifies as a woman is welcome to join the female-only workout hours.

“The feedback we got is that our ladies feel safe, supported and more confident in women only,” Campbell said.

Carly Todd, a senior studying digital and integrated marketing communications, is one of the personal trainers leading the women-only training hours.

“It’s very intimidating to walk into the weight room which is very crowded and often dominated by men, so we provide a safe space for women to embark on their fitness journey. Surrounded by ‘other women, it’s a lot more comfortable and fun,’ Todd said. .

Many women used the space to ask questions about using different workout machines, Todd said.

“That would never happen in the normal weight room,” she said.

The space also creates a more comfortable exercise environment for women who are just beginning their training journey.

“Some girls will come in and wear big, baggy shirts because they don’t want people looking at them,” said Naomi Stietzel, a freshman studying exploratory health and life sciences. “Some people have certain levels of comfort.”

Stietzel never faced awkward situations in the gym. However, she had many friends who went through situations that kept them from returning to the gym.

“A lot of girls are intimidated about coming to the gym,” Stietzel said.

Although Stietzel didn’t participate in the female-only practice hours, she encourages other female students to go, especially beginners and females who want a more welcoming environment.

Aniyah Spann, a first-year psychology student, said she went to train at Planet Fitness, where a man approached her and told her that her training was ineffective for women and that squats would be better for her. Spann felt uncomfortable, left, and never returned to that gym.

With workout times set aside for women, Spann said there was less pressure, judgment and intimidation, allowing her to wear what she wanted and “do her own thing” with complete peace of mind. trust.

“I feel like the other people in the gym don’t respect everyone having a starting point,” Spann said. “It’s like a lot of ‘oh, you’re doing it wrong’ or ‘your form is wrong’ or ‘that’s wrong,’ but at ATZ everyone is so in tune with their own thing.”

Edited by Jasmine Kabiri, David Rodish, Sophia Balasubramanian and Greta Forslund.


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