Students stay strong with virtual pilates

Destinee Mondragon
Staff Writer

The Randall Lewis Center for Well-Being and Research organized virtual pilates classes for students: 10 people were in attendance Sept. 17.

Students are bound to laptops for classes and at times can feel stressed and not know how to cope with the uncertainties of COVID-19.  The wellness center has come up with virtual zoom classes to try to help students cope and deal with the issues they may be having due to the virtual semester. 

The virtual pilates classes are 30 minutes long and are meant to be done in the living space of any student. It is a basic floor class meant to challenge participants’ core while working on strength and flexibility.  

“The main goal of the class is to be able to release tension and be able to take the time for yourself at home and feel good after the class,” said Dominique Survillas, virtual pilates instructor. 

The instructor of the class lets the participants know that the exercises can be used with just a mat or a towel to provide more comfort. The class was taught in an engaging way with step by step instruction on providing multiple alternatives to stretches and different breathing techniques. Although most students had their cameras off for the duration of the class,  the instructor provided a cheerful atmosphere throughout the whole class. 

“I really enjoyed how easy it was to pick up on the stretches and how patient the instructor was,” said Jeni Castellanos, junior biology major. “I’ve never taken a class like that and it was a great  introduction for me to a form of pilates.”

Although the instructor has been experiencing a low attendance rate, the class will continue to be offered. The times for the class are still pending in order to have a time that will mostly be able to accommodate students and faculty. 

“I found the class to be really helpful in letting me stretch and to take a second and really have time to myself,” said Ryan Sigston, senior political science major.

Since most health clubs and gyms are closed, the Lewis Center will continue to strive in providing as many activities for students. The classes not only provide pilates but there is also a yoga class offered for a more tranquility based outlet. 

“I am always very busy and I never have time anymore to let me have a breather. I live in the dorms and we already have so many restrictions because of  COVID-19,” said Sigston. “I found the class to be really helpful in letting me stretch and to take a second and really have time to myself.”

Allison Krich, operations manager at the Lewis Center, said that the goal of this center remains the same –  to provide a physical outlet for the university community.

“Our numbers are a little bit lower than they were in person, although they are getting better the further we progress,”  Krich said.  “It’s hard but this does provide a social opportunity for participants and we hope more people will not be discouraged and join.” 

The classes and activities that the wellness center have scheduled and to sign up can be found at

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