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Jon Stone

Media Relations Manager

Jon Stone

Pat Bowlen Training Center, Magness Arena

Want to see how your workout stacks up against Chancellor Rebecca Chopp’s fitness routine? How about learning some new moves to improve your core? Thursday, Dec. 15, offers a chance to do both.

“I don’t want to be known as the coach who took down the chancellor, so we will keep it safe, while challenging, too,” says Brian Gearity, director of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology’ssport-coaching program, the country’s only master’s-level degree program in coaching offered in a school of psychology. It is currently one of the six new crowdfunding projects being featured on DUGood.

Gearity, who also goes by Coach G, will host the pre-holiday workout, which will feature the University of Denver’s fitness-focused chancellor, known for her love of hiking and for her campus jogs. The workout starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Pat Bowlen Training Center at Magness Arena and will be complemented by a post-workout hydration center with smoothies and coffee.

Asst. Prof. Brian Gearity
Asst. Prof. Brian Gearity

“We’re going to be moving in a lot of different directions — forwards, backwards, sideways — all targeting the core and other deep stabilizers of the body,” Coach G says. “We will also be doing some balance and strength training, which is so important to preventing devastating falls as you get older and try to maintain strength to perform everyday activities.”

Coach G is a certified strength coach with more than 15 years of experience training people and athletes of all ages and abilities. With the holidays and New Year’s resolutions about healthier lifestyles around the corner, it’s time to learn how to get fit the right way.

“My definition of being fit is that it encompasses physical, psychological and social abilities,” Coach G says. “We know there are a number of physical benefits from good fitness, but there are also psychological benefits, such as decreased stress and increased resiliency. There’s also the social experience of getting fit with others, community building through fitness, exploring one’s own body and the subjective experiences that go along with physical movement.”

To register for Thursday’s workout, click here.