How to Navigate PeerFit

If you find it hard to motivate yourself to go to a new workout class or wish you had a better understanding on what exactly you would be doing in a specific group exercise class, Ed Bunkley, a PhD student from the University of Florida, may have the answer for you.

Bunkley has come up with an online program, PeerFit, that will help university students determine which workout class they want to attend when they go to the gym.

PeerFit allows fitness instructors to put detailed information up online describing the different workout classes and the specific routines they will be teaching. Students, and other instructors, can go online and read through the different classes to see which one they want to attend. It gives both parties a place to go to communicate and receive information quickly and efficiently.

Over the summer Bunkley had 44 universities test PeerFit and launched the program at 18 of them this fall.

SMU, along with Texas Tech, OSU, Nebraska and 14 others, is one of the universities chosen to launch the PeerFit program.

SMU’s Dedman Center of Recreation offers over 50 different group exercise classes. From yoga to zumba to kickboxing the wide variety allows everyone to find the perfect workout that suits him or her best.

“It can be very intimidating for people to go in a class and not know exactly what they are getting into,” Kelly Richards, the fitness coordinator at Dedman Recreation Center, said.

SMU’s athletic website posts a brief description of the class schedule, a description of the classes and who the instructor is. However, this new program will allow students to go online and read in depth descriptions of what each instructor has planned for his or her class each day.

“This is a way for us to keep things fresh and exciting,” Whitney Reichlin, a Group X instructor at SMU, said.

When you go onto the PeerFit website you will see four separate links you can click on: Classes, facilities, groups and workout builder.

The classes box allows you to search for group exercise classes in your area. You can search by city and state to find a specific facility that holds the different classes. And just a heads up, for SMU you search the city University Park, not Dallas.

The facilities link leads you directly to the gym closest to you. Again searching by University Park is the quickest way to find Dedman Rec. Center.

The groups box is supposed to let you connect with different trainers, sports teams, athletic clubs or friends.

Finally the workout builder allows you to quickly load your different workout routines. This is where instructors would go to upload their workouts for students, or other instructors, to read.

The PeerFit goal is to provide a one-stop shop for anyone to come and learn about different workouts and figure out which one is right for them.

Unlimited Group X Classes are $70 for the fall semester or $4 per class.


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