FIERCE COMPETITION FOR FITNESS CLASSES: A Wellness Center employee hands out laminated numbers to students waiting in line for the Zumba class. Recently due to popular demand , students have been forced to arrive at least 15 minutes before class time and even then often get denied.
Only at the University of Miami’s Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center would there be bouncers employed to guard the doors to workout classes.
Here at Miami, hot bodies and toned figures are a necessity, motivating students to hit the gym.
However, the hour-long workout no longer includes typical bench presses or 30 minutes on the elliptical. Instead, students prefer to participate in various fitness classes offered at the Wellness Center. From Zumba to Studio Cycling, students desire a more interactive and fun way to stay in shape. However, getting into these classes can be an intense exercise in itself.
Arriving early no longer guarantees entrance to one of these coveted classes. Responding to the high demand, members of the Wellness Center staff distribute numbered tickets for entrance into each class.
Unlike many clubs in Miami, knowing someone at the door does not guarantee you a spot. Strict bouncers man the door for crowd control, keeping excited health nuts in line. Patience, stamina and the occasional acceptance of defeat are needed to take on the never-ending line.
While long waits can be frustrating, sexy bodies come with the territory and are another interesting side effect of attending The U.