Sarah Summerall

(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Winthrop University’s Office of Recreational Services has implemented a new policy that requires students to register online for group fitness classes.

Previously, students were able to walk into a class without signing up in advance, but now they must register through the new WU Rec Sports App to hold their spot.

Group fitness classes are offered throughout the week and are free to current Winthrop students.

The department has been using the app for other programs, such as intramural sports and club sports.

“It helps us track numbers for assessment, for scheduling going forward, and it also helps the instructors have an idea of how many people are going to show up to their class,” said Laura Davis, Recreational Services coordinator.

Davis said the app helps to keep classes within the capacity for the rooms where they’re held, and, so far, attendance numbers for classes have increased this semester.

That app also allows students to fill out the safety waiver online required for all West Center classes.

“I like the new app, because I can see who is coming to my class before I get there,” said Lexy Sharpe, a senior social work major and West Center fitness instructor.

“It makes sure that when people come (to class) they’re checked-in, they’ve signed a waiver, so they’re safe, and they know what to expect about the class.”