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Get Better Acquainted with Philips Gym

February 25, 2015

Lisa Gulasy

Joining a new gym or beginning a new exercise routine can be difficult for anyone. For women, studies have found the fear of what others may think of their appearance or ability is enough to inhibit their desire to exercise entirely.

Head Volleyball Coach Erica Rau and Head Softball Coach Mimi Mahon are working to help women on campus and in the community feel more comfortable at the gym with their event “Navigating Philips Gym: Getting Women Into the Weight Room.” The event will take place Monday, March 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Philips Gym.

“We are hoping to help anyone who is unfamiliar with the gym feel a little bit more comfortable using it,” Rau says. “Our goal is to empower women and raise their comfort levels and knowledge of fitness.”

After meeting attendees at the front desk of Philips Gym, Rau and Mahon will lead a tour of the gym, showing attendees how to use the cardio and weight machines, free weights, and more. The tour will culminate in a group workout session encompassing attendees’ newly acquired fitness knowledge.

The event is free to attend and is open to anyone interested in learning more about Philips Gym or personal fitness. Attendees are asked to wear comfortable workout clothes and sneakers.

To register for this event or for more information, contact Erica Rau at erau@oberlin.edu.

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