ROCK SPRINGS – The 2015 Wellness Challenge at Western Wyoming Community College will begin later this week with pre-testing for participants in the campus’s annual 12-week fitness program. Student interns from the Department of Exercise Science will assist participants in establishing fitness and dietary goals, and Western’s Wellness Center facilities, located in the new Exercise Science and Wellness Building, will be available for competitors’ workouts each Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. beginning on Feb. 3.
The Challenge is open to anyone ages 6 and up. The cost to participate in this year’s challenge is $5 per individual or $15 for a team of three competitors. Pre-testing will take place Thursday, Jan. 29, and Friday, Jan. 30, from 4 – 7 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the WWCC Atrium. Post-testing will occur April 23 – 25. Any participants with cardiopulmonary, metabolic or joint conditions must bring a doctor’s release to the pre-testing session.
Pre- and post-testing consists of the following activities: a one-mile walk to calculate cardiovascular fitness; a “hand-squeeze” test to calculate upper body strength; a modified “sit and reach” test to measure flexibility; and a body composition measurement using a non-invasive scale. Workouts commence Feb. 3 and conclude April 21.
The 2015 Wellness Challenge is sponsored by Western Wyoming Community College and the Department of Exercise Science, and by the City of Green River and the City of Rock Springs, which are providing prizes for the winners.