Cameron University has partnered with the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) to add a sleek and modern outdoor Fitness Court® to its Lawton campus. The Fitness Court® is located adjacent to the Aggie Rec Center on the south side of campus and is only the third Fitness Court® in Oklahoma and the first located in Southwest Oklahoma.
Cameron received a $30,000 grant from NFC to support the program, in addition to matching funds donated by community partners Southwestern Medical Center and its parent company, LifePoint Health, and Southwest Oklahoma Federal Credit Union. LifePoint and Southwest Medical Center each contributed $10,000, and Southwest Federal Credit Union provided $15,000 for CU’s Fitness Court®.
“The Fitness Court® would not have come to fruition without the financial support provided by the Cameron University Foundation, Southwestern Medical Center, LifePoint and Southwest Oklahoma Federal Credit Union,” says Albert Johnson Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “Southwestern Medical Center has and continues to be a valued partner in Cameron’s success. The leadership team and the Board of Trustees at SWMC have been instrumental in providing more than $100,000 in gifts to Cameron University. Similarly, Southwest Oklahoma Federal Credit Union, led by CEO Emmett Meraz, has been a valuable partner of the Foundation for 28 years, providing almost $50,000 in gifts to assist CU in fulfilling its mission.”
The new Fitness Court® is an outdoor bodyweight circuit training system designed for adults of all ages and abilities. Each Fitness Court® is integrated with shock-resistant sports flooring and supports functional fitness movements that allow for up to 28 individuals to use the Court at the same time. The bodyweight circuit-training system features a series of full-body functional fitness exercises that can be completed in just seven minutes. NFC’s “7 Movements in 7 Minutes” is a simple yet powerful workout created for a range of athletic abilities. Developed by experts, each exercise takes 45 seconds with a 15-second interlude between sets and is shown to burn more calories per minute than most other forms of exercise. Each movement area allows users to leverage their bodyweight at different angles and levels of resistance as a tool to improve their fitness over time.
Users are invited to download the free Fitness Court app, a coach-in-your-pocket style platform that transforms the outdoor gym into a digitally supported wellness ecosystem. The Fitness Court App is available for iOS and Android.
The Fitness Court® was invented by NFC Founder Mitch Menaged in San Francisco in 1979, with the simple goal of encouraging healthy lifestyles. In 2012, the Fitness Court® was re-imagined with a digital ecosystem to support healthy living and was launched in 100 cities across the United States in 2018. NFC has formed partnerships with sponsors, cities and colleges, to build its 21st century network. By 2022, the Campaign will be operating in over 1,000 cities and colleges.