Beachbody LIVE Provides Belonging and Community


Beachbody LIVE

To instill overall confidence in rec center users, Jenny Strickland, the assistant director of group fitness and instructional programs at Purdue University, has trusted Beachbody LIVE group fitness classes and instructor trainings for many years. Below, she shares her experience with the company and its offerings:

Campus Rec: How were you introduced to Beachbody LIVE and why did you decide to partner with them? 

Jenny Strickland: We were introduced to Beachbody in the 2000’s before it was Beachbody LIVE. We had instructors teaching the original Turbo Kick® and PiYo® rounds that were choreographed by Chalene Johnson. Beachbody LIVE classes and instructor trainings were made very accessible to Purdue RecWell. As the popularity of classes like PiYo LIVE and Turbo Kick LIVE grew, we were able to certify instructors by having Purdue alum, Katie, come back and lead. The class content and instruction falls in line with our values of educating always, remembering the customer and celebrating differences. The easy to follow videos and music allow for instructor success.   

CR: What are the benefits for your rec center as a result of this partnerships? 

JS: We are offered one to two complimentary certifications for our instructors when hosting a training, which is a great incentive for us. Since there is no monthly facility fee, it is very attainable to keep these classes on our schedule.  

CR: How do students benefit? 

JS: Our participants find a sense of belonging and community while participating in this class, along with all of the physical and mental benefits of exercise.  By changing the choreography often, our participants feel challenged and successful. They are always excited to come back for more. The upbeat music and movements tied together delivers an experience that makes our users feel empowered. 

CR: How have you been pleasantly surprised by working with Beachbody LIVE? 

JS: Beachbody LIVE has been so great to work with. They offer excellent customer support. Personally, I have needed help with my accounts or my student accounts a few different times, and I am always so impressed with the response time and demeanor.  I have never had a bad experience with the folks on the customer service line. They have a ‘happy to help’ attitude and always go the extra mile to help us reset music, video, etc. 

CR: What would you tell other recreation professionals about working with Beachbody LIVE? 

JS: I would tell them that they are making a great choice. Using LIVE classes from Beachbody will help the overall confidence of your recreation center users. As professionals in higher education, it is our privilege to help set students up for success.  By offering name brand classes like the ones offered by Beachbody LIVE, they can continue their fitness journey on and off campus, and set themselves up for a healthy life during and after their time here. 

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Brittany Howard
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