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Colina Middle Unveils New Spin Lab

There are many different methods for preparing classroom curriculum, and for Colina Middle School physical education teacher Mr. Farrell that preparation now includes a 5am trip to his garage, blaring pop music, and an awesome spin workout.

Thanks to a longtime vision of Colina Principal Shane Frank, availability of the sole remaining portable classroom on Colina’s campus, and instrumental funding support from Colina PTSA and ASB – the school is now home to its very own Spin Lab.

Inspirational quotes like, “The body achieves what the mind believes” and “Stronger than yesterday,” adorn the walls above the 50, brand new Spin bikes, and the room is equipped with black out lighting to help students feel as though they are in a professional spin studio.

This new P.E. unit kicked off at the start of the 2018, and the school’s eighth grade students have been the first to hop on the saddles.

A typical class begins when students file into the new Spin Lab. The students each select a bike, as their P.E. instructor goes over safety best practices, like making sure their feet stay flat and parallel while connected to the pedals, and give a brief overview of the bikes’ functionalities.

Then the music starts. Each spin routine is prerecorded by a professional spin instructor, and comes from a workout app. These workouts are previously listened to and approved by Colina’s P.E. teachers. As the booming music and instruction rings out, Colina’s P.E. teachers give one on one guidance to students throughout the approximately 20 minute long workouts.

The Spin Lab won’t be exclusively for students as the greater Colina community is already brainstorming the idea of a future spin-a-thon, amongst other special events.

Way to go Cougars! We are so proud of you for bringing innovation into the classroom, and for finding new ways to inspire student wellness! 

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