BOGA returns to The Rock

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BOGA workouts take place at the Aebersold Student Recreation Center (ARC) swimming pool every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mary Zipfel, major in health and physical education, and Sammy Dudley, major in parks and recreation management, team up with the lessons. Both students are in their second year and have minors in swimming.

BOGA is one of the many fitness classes offered at the ARC, along with Yoga, RockSpin, Pilates and many more options for students, as well as ARC members.

The exercise is called “BOGA” because of the inflated mat that floats in the water during the exercise. There are different types of workouts performed on these mats, mainly yoga and high intensity interval training (HIIT). Currently, Zipfel and Dudley only offer HIIT BOGA classes.

Many people are intimidated by HIIT workouts, especially in the water, but Zipfel and Dudley emphasized that the class is for everyone, regardless of skill level.

“It’s always a lot of fun. . . everyone’s falling, everyone’s having fun, ”Dudley said. “Everyone laughs, the music goes. It’s nice to be able to say it’s a safe environment.

They previously held lifeguard positions with the ARC and had the opportunity to teach a course, and they chose BOGA. The choice corresponded to their interests and wanted to gain more experience for their minor in aquatic.

Zipfel, who is embarking on a career in health and physical education, was eager for the opportunity to teach. The whole experience was new and, being a former competitive swimmer, recreational swimming and non-endurance training brought her to a whole new atmosphere.

With her previous experience, she didn’t even know where to start. To change that, during their time as lifeguards at the ARC, they were able to take advice from regular swimmers they interacted with.

“We have taken the advice of seniors who swim at the ARC,” Zipfel said. “We were like, how does that even work? And they said, “You put them in and then you teach. “

The advice paid off, as classes sell out in minutes every Tuesday. Participants often line up for tickets an hour before the start of the course to ensure they have a seat. Zipfel mentions that they have regular attendees who come back every week.

Dudley would like to implement BOGA Yoga in the future. They both encourage students to try their BOGA classes, it can become something you keep coming back for!


Sarah is a second year student with a double specialization in Integrated Marketing Communication and Professional Writing. She has a passion for writing and enjoys relaxing in her spare time. It’s her second semester as The Rocket’s campus life editor, and she’s so excited to be in person and connect with everyone again.


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