Need Fitness Motivation? Check Out UCLA Recreation’s Train Like a Bruin Program

Currently, limited access to gyms has made it difficult to connect with other individuals who enjoy being active. In addition to helping you progress in your fitness endeavors, the goal of the Train Like a Bruin program is to connect students, staff, and faculty, alike, through movement. This is one of UCLA Recreation’s newest virtual programs, distinct from the group exercise classes offered through the Virtual Fitness Pass. Keep reading for more information on how the UCLA Recreation Team can help you start 2021 on the right foot.

What makes Train Like a Bruin unique?

  1. Train Like a Bruin caters to a variety of experience levels.

    Per the trainers’ recommendation, it is suggested that beginners take a minimum of 8 Total Bruin (Intro) classes before signing up for one of the program’s signature classes (e.g., The Total Bruin, Bruin Strong, Bruin Conditioning & Core). Descriptions of the program’s respective classes can be found here, below the Train Like a Bruin program description.

  2. The program allows participants to tackle multiple disciplines.

    This includes strength exercises, plyometrics, isolation/assistance exercises, cardio, and core movements.

  3. Progression is the focus.

    Each class is held via Zoom, led by two of UCLA Recreation’s personal trainers who will guide you in benchmarking your progress. Not only does the program offer the benefit of smaller class sizes and real-time personal training, but also you have the opportunity to meet your goals alongside other enthusiastic Bruins.

If you are interested, register here and take a look at the program’s winter 2021 schedule. Registration for Train Like a Bruin officially begins week 1 of winter quarter (January 4, 2021). Quarterly membership fees are $20 for students and $50 for staff, faculty, and UCLA Recreation members. Additionally, it is required that you have access to dumbbells and resistance tubes with handles; and it is optional to use a loop or monster band, a jump rope, and a kettlebell.


Nicole Dominguez is a fourth year undergraduate student at UCLA studying psychobiology. In addition to blogging for the MoveWell pod, Nicole is a physical therapy aide. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, journaling, and lifting weights. Her favorite socially-distanced pastime is Zooming with friends and listening to live music sets together.

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