Plyoga Fitness Class Combines Yoga and Plyometrics

A new fitness class called Plyoga was introduced to the University on Jan. 29. The class is a combination of intricate yoga techniques with the extremities of plyometrics that challenge the mind and body.

People are constantly searching for new and exciting ways to de-stress after a long day of school or work through exercise, which was why Jon Cascone, Director of Intramurals and Recreation, created the class, to give students that option.

The University currently provides a variety of fitness classes, each designed to appeal to both athletic and non-athletic students. Classes range from intense exercises such as Boot Camp, to more tranquil workouts, like Yoga.

Cascone emphasized, “The benefits of the classes are numerous and we want to keep it different so that the community continues to enjoy it and reap the benefits.” Cascone added that providing students with a broad range of fitness classes to choose from widens the scope of potential benefits they are able to receive through participation.

Erica Vignola, a freshman business major, instructs the Plyoga class. She explained that offering more unique fitness classes that challenge students both physically and mentally encourages more students to participate. “It was a new challenge because I never was into Yoga before this. It was like a new world,” said Vignola. “It forces me to do both sides of the workout spectrum, the intense and less intense aspects, while also utilizing flexibility to get the ultimate workout.”

Heather Schlindwein, a business management freshman who participated in the Plyoga class, described the differences between Plyoga and other Yoga classes she has taken. “Plyoga is high intensity, using your body instead of standing and heavily breathing,” Schlindwein said. “I really liked this class because I get bored, so it was nice for something different.”

Not only does the creation of Plyoga generate a great balance between healing the mind and working out the body, it also adds diversity throughout the student body. Schlindwein said the class is a combination of people that she would never think to put together.

Cascone said, “I originally expected the class to attract athletic students only because of the fusion of the plyometrics and yoga. But what I found out is that it really is for everyone.”

Cascone added, “Erica is great at modifying each movement so that it accommodates all levels of fitness.” By proposing this new workout into the mix of fitness classes made available at the University, Cascone and Vignola hope that more students will be inclined to challenge themselves and get involved.

Schlindwein added, “It’s my first fitness class here, but I think everyone should be challenged because otherwise you won’t change.”

The Plyoga class is now being offered in the University’s William T. Boylan gym. Students can check their email for weekly fitness class schedules for more information. All students are welcome to participate in any class, regardless of physical or athletic background.