YFitness student instructors teach popular HIGH Fit classes

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HIGH Fitness instructor Jack Jorgensen leads BYU students in an energetic workout. The fun and intense class has spread across the country and made its impact here in Utah. (Anna Wilson)

The BYU Student Wellness department is teaching HIGH Fitness as part of its YFitness classes. 

HIGH Fit instructor and BYU student Brooklyn Christensen said HIGH is “really a workout to your favorite aerobic style songs.”

HIGH Fitness is a growing workout trend that includes high intensity bursts mixed with slow moves in a method known as interval training. The intensity sections increase the heart rate while the slow moves focus on strengthening muscles and toning, Christensen explained. Combined with being a good physical workout, HIGH Fitness provides mental benefits as well.

HIGH has become more popular in the past few years. Amber Zenith and Emily Nelson from Calgary, Canada developed the workout class in 2014, according to their HIGH Fitness website.

The fun and intense class has spread across the country and made its impact here in Utah. “It’s always a fun way to workout,” BYU freshman Noelle McAllister said. “It’s fun and you get to meet a lot of new people.”

HIGH Fit instructor and BYU junior Jack Jorgensen described the energy during HIGH as “electrifying.”

“The participants are feeding off the energy of the instructor and vice versa,” Jorgensen said. “It’s so motivating to workout in a group.”

Any BYU student enrolled in classes or faculty and dependent spouses can join the YFitness classes. Participants must fill out a waiver, complete registration online for $15 a semester and take the confirmation letter to RB 112 to get a wristband. This wristband will get participants into any YFitness class. 

More information can be found on the Student Wellness website and Instagram page.

“We like to invite everyone,” Jorgensen said. “There are high intensity workouts as well as low intensity mixed in. You can come and do your own level.”

YFitness offers other classes aside from HIGH Fitness. These include barre, cycling, pilates, yoga and many others. “Honestly, it can be intimidating to start going, but it is so worth it and so fun,” Christensen said.

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