First Step: Enjoyable, Lifelong Physical Activity
What is First Step?
First Step is a FREE program for members of the Wade King Student Recreation Center who are looking to introduce physical activity into their lives. Our trainers are here to help you with individualized movement goals and overcoming barriers to regular physical activity with a weight-neutral approach.
How do I know this program is for me?
Do you identify with any of these statements?
- I don’t know where to start.
- I don’t feel confident working out on my own.
- I am new to the gym (or weights, cardio, or physical activity) and I want to learn more.
- I have not been physically active because I am worried, I will injure myself.
- I am struggling with an injury and I am not sure how to be active without making it worse.
- I stopped exercising because I was injured, and I want to work with a trainer to ensure I’m doing the movements correctly.
If you connect with any of these statements, we would love for you to fill out the questionnaire. If you’re not sure, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just fill out the questionnaire anyway! There is no harm or penalty for asking.
How to Sign-Up
After completing and submitting the questionnaire, our program coordinator will review your application and pair you up with a personal trainer who fits your needs, in terms of availability and your goals.
What to Expect
Session 1: This is a consultation with your trainer, you can meet wherever you would like (e.g. Zoe’s Bagels, Wade King Student Recreation Center) and feel free to wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
Session 2: This will be a musculoskeletal evaluation that will take place at the gym. This evaluation is a simple series of movements that help you and your trainer gain a better understanding of the way you move and what exercises will be best for you. This is a great tool for treating or preventing an injury! For this session, you will need to wear workout apparel, as well as shorts or pants that you can roll up over your knees.
Session 3-5: This is your time! Each session will be one hour in duration, so three hours total. Your trainer will set up a plan for you based on your needs. But you can spend it in any area of the gym you’d like (go to a group fitness class together, check out the weight room, go swimming). Or if the weather is nice, you can head outside for a workout in the sun.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What are my chances of being selected?
A: We welcome everybody! Typically, we have room and time for everyone, but the selection process is based on demand. If our number of applications is high, it may take some time to set you up with a trainer, but we will always do our best to fit you in.
Q: What does “weight-neutral approach to exercise” mean?
A: Our mission is to help improve your mental and physical health through enjoyable exercise. We are here to work with you to establish lifelong physical activity that is not focused on the number on the scale.
Q: Can I select a specific trainer? Or state a preference for the gender-identity of my trainer?
A: Yes! Feel free to make requests like these in the box at the end of the questionnaire. You can type your message in the textbox below the heading that states, “Please share your exercise history, previous injuries, and/or any questions or concerns.”
Q: Do I have to be a student to sign-up?
A: No, both students and staff are welcome to sign-up. The only requirement is a membership to the recreation center (this membership is most likely included in your tuition as a student if you are taking six or more credits). If you have more questions about memberships, stop by the front desk at the Wade King Student Recreation Center.
Q: Who are the trainers?
A: Check out our Instagram @wwufirststep for their bios, workouts, and more!
Q: What are my options after I complete my last free session?
A: If you wish to continue with training sessions after you have completed the program, you may continue with paid sessions at the recreation center. Check out the details, such as rates, here.