For Jane Erbacher, fun may just be the most overlooked benefit of all fitness regimes. The law student and group exercise instructor at the Sport Centre is well versed on ways to balance work and exercise and infuse fun into her classes, enticing a wide range of people including students, staff members and the wider community. Jane tells us why group exercise classes are the most effective and enjoyable way to meeting individual fitness goals.
How long have you been teaching group exercise classes for?
About eight or nine years.
What classes do you teach at the Sport Centre?
Les Mills Body Pump and Body Attack.
What can people gain from attending group exercise classes?
The classes achieve a great number of things including fitness, strength, a sense of community and camaraderie. It is always a lot of fun to work out as a group. It's very easy, all you need to do is show up and exercise. Prescription, direction, support and motivation are provided for you.
What sporting activities are you involved in outside of your job as a group exercise instructor?
I love boxing, running, netball, basketball and boot camp.
How do you balance study commitments and exercise?
It's definitely about prioritising exercise. It's so easy to get caught up in the short-term benefits of work and study, but exercise and fitness are essential to your physical and psychological health and wellbeing for the rest of your life. Exercise should be included every single day, and it is definitely worth it. You will get better sleep, better circulation, stronger muscles and bones, a healthier heart and more energy (just to name a few benefits of exercise!). I encourage everyone to take some time each day to exercise. I promise it will leave you feeling more positive and happier.
The Sport Centre on the Melbourne Campus offers a variety of group exercise classes that cater for all ages and fitness levels. Choose from over 15 classes a week, including Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Boxfit, Boot Camp, Balanced Bodies, Body Pump and Body Attack. View the current group exercise timetable, and sign up for the mailing list to receive regular class updates.