The ERC Brings The 90s Back

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By Mary Faddoul

The DeLorean time machine, otherwise known as the Eppley Recreation Center, transported students back to the 90s on Feb. 28.

Unfortunately, the pop stars of the decade did not make an appearance at the event, but apart from that, the evening still revolved around plenty of 90s glory.

The 90s-themed ERC classes held that night included a special dance lesson to Britney Spears’ …Baby One More Time to encourage students to participate in group fitness.

Students lip-synced “Oh baby, baby” while learning the steps to Spears’ hit song. Students and instructors dressed in full 90s garb, wearing high ponytails, bike shorts and terry cloth wristbands.

The dance session took up part of the 90s-themed fitness night, which began with HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and ended with a BODYPUMP class. Several students tried to get into the action even without participating, peeking through the door or watching from the floor above.

Senior Sam Allen, a group fitness instructor who helped lead the dance class to Baby One More Time, said there is a different event each semester meant to encourage participation in group fitness classes. Students chose the song by using an online voting system, Allen said.

“I really like to take the ideas the student instructors have and bring them to life,” -Emily Schmitt

Two student instructors, Nicole Bodin and Leah Rich, came up with the idea for a 90s-themed fitness night a year ago, said Emily Schmitt, who oversees all fitness classes as coordinator of the fitness programs.

“I really like to take the ideas the student instructors have and bring them to life,” she said.

The last time a similar fitness event took place was in the spring of 2010, said Schmitt, who added that the previous one did not attract a big crowd.

Schmitt originally supported the idea because she thought it would be fun for students to dress up for the decade and work out to music they normally would not hear during a regular group fitness session. The event caught the attention of students who enjoyed the flashback exercise sessions, and they gave positive reviews.

Another recent group fitness event was the “Largest Zumba Class” that took place in the fall of 2012 in Cole Field House. Jacob Enbres, a sophomore computer science major, said, “I’ve done Zumba before, but this was certainly different.”

Junior government and politics and history major Sandra Shaker said, “I haven’t been to a 90s event on campus, but this is definitely a good one, and I don’t know if they’re doing any other decade events, but that would be fun.”

Students who attended the dance class enjoyed the night filled with S Club 7, The Spice Girls, and other musical hits from the 90s.

“I love everything 90s, so I was very excited,” said Alisha Harris, a senior Spanish and theater major. “And it was fun because my friends came out and we just had a great time listening to songs from our childhood.”

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