New Fitness Class Heats Up Campus

The new fitness craze sweeping Eastern’s campus is Red Hot Dance Fitness (RHDF). Combining music and movement, RHDF is a fun and invigorating calorie-burning workout.

RHDF was introduced to Eastern’s campus by Donna Crawley, an administrator and member of the EU Wellness Committee. Crawley is a recently certified RHDF instructor who stresses the importance of fitness, while having fun doing it. “Many of us work so hard that we forget about taking care of our bodies,” says Crawley. “My goal is to provide an environment for people to have fun exercising, while bringing out their inner Beyoncé, Katy Perry, or whoever they want to move like.”

RHDF was created by fitness instructor, Christine Gallagher. The fitness program combines popular dance music with beginner dance steps to make for an enjoyable cardio workout. Harder choreography is interlaced so that stronger dancers can be challenged during the workout as well. According to, participants can expect to burn between 400-1000 calories per session, and flexibility is improved over time. Prior experience is not required.

So far, weekly turn-out has been great on campus for RHDF. “If the class continues to grow at this speed, I will need to request for a bigger room before the end of the spring semester!” Crawley says. While there is a fee to participate–$3 for students and $5 for general admission-don’t let it scare you away. “For some, the weight room whether on campus or at your local gym can be a little intimidating, but my class is a ‘no judgment zone’,” says Crawley. The amount of confidence you’ll have after leaving the class will greatly surpass the small entrance fee.

With great music and dancing, you don’t want to miss this class. RHDF meets Tuesdays at 5:30 in Gough room 109. Participants are encouraged to wear sneakers and comfortable clothes, and to bring plenty of water and a towel. For more information contact Donna Crawley at

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