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TRX fans give presentation at conference

Justin Boyd and Lee McLaughlin led a presentation about TRX at Midwest Fit Fest.

Many workout enthusiasts like the convenient, full-body workout they get from TRX, a relatively new form of suspension training that gives an intensive core-body workout.

Lee McLaughlin, fitness instructor and graduate assistant for Grand Valley’s Campus Recreation program, and Justin Boyd, a senior majoring in exercise science, had the opportunity to present this unique style of exercise at the Midwest Fit Fest, a regional conference for students, faculty and staff members.

The February event was held at Ohio State University; McLaughlin and Boyd demonstrated their knowledge of TRX through a 75-minute group exercise presentation.

“It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by so many people who share a similar passion and to combine both mine and Justin’s experience and strengths to provide our participants with a unique program,” said McLaughlin.

The two applied to be presenters at the conference in November 2012. McLaughlin said she pursued the help of Boyd since they have similar, high-intensity teaching styles. They worked to develop a program that incorporated both of their fitness backgrounds.

With more than 30 other colleges and universities attending the conference, McLaughlin said presenting at Midwest Fit Fest served as a professional development opportunity for Grand Valley’s Campus Recreation program.

“It was an incredible opportunity to be able to apply what we know, do and believe in a new setting and made us realize what Campus Recreation has to offer our students and how we stand in comparison to other universities,” said McLaughlin.

by Jessica Hines

This story was filed with the tags: Conference, Undergraduate Student