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Campus Rec Introduces Two New Programs Aimed at Teaching Confidence in Weight Lifting

Nutter Center Gym | Photo by Daniel Delgado | The Wright State Guardian

Nutter Center Gym | Photo by Daniel Delgado | The Wright State Guardian

Wright State University (WSU) Campus Recreation (Campus Rec)  introduced two new programs, Women on Weights and Learn to Lift to their health and wellness class schedule. 

New programs 

In an effort to gain membership and involvement, Campus Rec introduced new health and wellness programs. These programs aimed at health awareness, gym confidence, and body positivity, are welcome to all fitness levels but are encouraged for new attendees. 

“I want to break any fears that people have with the gym, I want to get more people involved in the gym and I want to help people be healthier,” Kara Donbrock, program director for WSU Campus Recreation said. 

Women on Weights

Led by personal trainer and WSU student Allyson Whittaker, Women on Weights (WOW) is an informational weight lifting and fitness program for all women. According to Donbrock and Whittaker, the program designed to create a safe space for women to work out, also works on debunking the myths of the fitness industry and building community. 

“We want to provide a safe place for women to feel comfortable and gain confidence in their ability to do this on their own,” Whittaker wrote, “We want to provide an uplifting environment where women will come together to help each other learn and improve.” 

Sessions occur Tuesdays and Thursdays, with one in the afternoon and one in the evening on each day. 

Learn to Lift 

Blake Martin, personal trainer and WSU student, leads Learn to Lift (L2L) ; a program aimed at teaching gym novices how to use exercise equipment safely and effectively.  Like WOW, L2L shares the goal of teaching confidence and easing gym fears. 

“My goals [are] just to get the gym back to where it was before COVID-19 where there’s a lot of people and [where] people are not afraid to come in because they think they’ll be judged. It’s just a good environment to keep people safe.” Martin said. 

Each week a group of 10 people sign up for the L2L program and  attend sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. 


Both lifting programs start on June 10 and June 14. Both programs are free to WSU students, faculty and staff. Per WSU Covid-19 policy, those who are fully vaccinated will not have to wear a mask while in gym spaces. However, there will still be limited spots available for the programs.

Jamie Naylor


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