Exercise regimen offers scholarship opportunity

Auburn Racquet and Fitness Club program in its second year
By: Gloria Young,
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Auburn Racquet & Fitness Club
Where: 1255 Racquet Club Drive
Phone: (530) 885-1602
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A local exercise club has launched a program for teens that offers the opportunity to win a $2,000 scholarship.
Auburn Racquet and Fitness Club’s four-month program is for high school juniors and seniors, “to introduce the benefits of health and fitness and in turn ask them to share those benefits with their local community,” according to a press release.
“It’s to give kids the opportunity to experience what it is to belong to a gym and have that lifestyle of fitness,” said David Ray, front desk manager and scholarship program director.
Ninety-three students signed up and started the program on Oct. 1 and ends Jan. 31. Ray said he’s hoping at least half will complete it.
Requirements to qualify for the scholarship include exercising at the club at least three times weekly and participating in one group personal training class each week, 15 group fitness classes during the program, two cardio tennis or rookie tennis classes and one Nutrition 101 seminar. In addition, students must write a 1,000-word essay describing the benefits of health and fitness learned during the program and what they will do to share those benefits in the community.
The essay will be reviewed by a panel of high school administrators and club staff and the scholarship will be awarded to the winning applicant, Ray said.
This is the second time Auburn Racquet Club has offered the program. More than 60 students signed up for its initial running in 2011 and about 25 completed it.
This year’s program has been streamlined a bit. It was shortened from six to four months and there are fewer mandatory classes. The essay was also cut back — previously it was 2,000 words, according to Ray.
Participants get free membership in the club during the program and experience a mix of group specific and general membership fitness training.
“They get introduced to everything at the club,” Ray said.
Among the activities are circuit training, dance aerobics and spin classes.
Placer High senior Lauren Taber heard about the program in the school’s daily bulletin.
“I’ve been a member of the Racquet Club for several years and I swam on the Sharks swim team for them in the summer, so I am fitness oriented as far as going to the gym,” she said. “When I heard about the opportunity to attend classes, fitness (sessions) and nutrition seminars, I liked that program apart from the scholarship opportunity. It’s motivating to work out and exercise because I’m not involved in a sport currently.”
It also gave her the opportunity to try yoga for the first time, she said.
For Justin Thompson, a senior at Colfax High, It’s a good opportunity to get a scholarship for college and also to stay fit and have an active lifestyle.
His favorite part?
“Probably taking the difficult classes they offer — the  Death by Dan fitness class where you do cycling and an aerobics workout; and the abs and back class,” he said.
He’s also found the classes to be very informative.
“I’m definitely eating healthier now because of the information they offer,” he said.
According to Ray, the program likely will be held again next year.
Students who have stuck with the program “love the chance to come in and work out and they love the group training classes because it pushes them and the social aspect of coming in to work with their friends has been nice,” he said.
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