Zooming to hard-CORE workouts

Suzanne Guo
Suzanne and her peers are stretching in preparation for their hour long core strengthening workout and yoga. For the past few weeks, Suzanne has been hosting workout sessions to keep students in shape during the shelter-in-place. They do a variety of different exercises like cardio, yoga, abs and stretching.

Many students have been figuring out Zoom hacks to get out of attending classes. But junior Suzanne Guo has a class you don’t want to miss out on. 

Since the start of the school closure and quarantine, Suzanne has been hosting workout sessions over Zoom six days a week from 5 to 6 p.m.

“My goal is to motivate people and myself to stay healthy during quarantine,” Suzanne said. “For me, if I don’t exercise, my mental health will deteriorate throughout the day. Also, working out in a group is a way of socializing and getting a bit of human interaction, combined with the benefits of exercise.” 

Suzanne first came up with the idea of virtual workout sessions when she realized that, due to cancelled sports, many people lack the motivation to exercise and are unable to continue their regular routines. She consistently has about 15 people in her sessions, and she’s working on recruiting new people to expand her workout sessions. Every workout session consists of core exercises combined with cardio, yoga or stretching. 

Suzanne plans to do these workout sessions for as long as school sports are cancelled. She hopes that she can inspire others to workout more and stay fit throughout the quarantine period.

“I feel like some people are scared to join,” Suzanne said. “But this is a very non judgmental and welcoming working out environment. It’s just like if you were to go to a YMCA class, except I’m the instructor.”

Note: Suzanne Guo is a writer and graphic artist for the Talon.