Move, Sweat and Win

Natalia 5By Natalia Lancellotti

Coyote Fitness Challenge at the College of Southern Nevada motivates students to work out to improve their health while winning prizes.

Participating in the Challenge is simple. Students track the amount of time they exercise on a weekly log and submit it at the end of the two-month competition to the intramural department, student life offices or by emailing it to Andrew Farrar, CSN’s intramural sports and wellness coordinator.

Students earn points based on the amount of time they spend exercising on or off campus. The goal, of course, is to get people up and moving, Farrar says. Coyote Fitness Challenge helps students become healthier as they improve their bodies and minds.

Competitive sports earn students the most points. Some of the two-point activities include: bowling, dancing, playing catch and walking. Some of the four-point activities include: aerobics, badminton, jogging and table tennis. Some of the top six-point activities include: advanced cardio class, competitive basketball, fast-paced biking and cross-country skiing. Participants count their points based on the type and length of each physical activity. The activity must be at least 30 minutes in duration in order to log it. After accumulating their points and submitting to the competition, students can win prizes.

“Top male and female will receive a T-shirt, sports bag and a watch,” says Andrea Gonzalez, administrative assistant at CSN who helps with the Challenge. “Others with points higher than 50 will receive: a headband, a watch or a pedometer.”

According to Gonzalez, there were 35 students in the Challenge fall 2013.

Webster Gomez, a CSN student, participated this fall. “I like running. I think I do about 20 points a week but last week I did not do anything.”

Students, instructors and staff can participate in the Coyote Fitness Challenge. A new one will start in the spring.

“We are getting more and more students to participate, so it is growing,” Farrar says.

For more information, visit or call at (702) 651-4886.

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