Cherokee Nation Male Seminary Recreation Center Introduces New Fitness Programs

Cherokee Nation Male Seminary Recreation Center Spin Instructor Magen Lawrence, center, leads an afternoon spin class.

Published March 2, 2016

TAHLEQUAH —The Cherokee Nation Male Seminary Recreation Center is introducing several new fitness programs in 2017 in order to promote healthier lifestyles for gym members.

Notable additions to the fitness center’s schedule include Glow Spin and a late afternoon kid’s boot camp with a yoga class joining the list of programs in March. In addition to the new programs, the MSRC continues to offer personal training services, traditional spin class, advanced and beginner boot camp, Zumba, weightlifting and a 65-years-old and older stretching/yoga class.

“We are modeled after a family focused YMCA setup, instead of your typical fitness center. I think that’s one of the things that make us special. We have all different types of people, all different types of fitness levels and all different types of workouts,” said Julie Kimble, director of the male seminary recreation center.

Glow Spin, one of the new additions, is quickly becoming a fan favorite. The class is a creative take on a traditional spin class, where participants work on endurance spinning and stretching, all while basking in the glow of an 80’s style black light.

When asked about her favorite part of Glow Spin, participant and Cherokee Nation employee, Tara Rodriguez said, “I would have to say the trainers. They make it really fun, inviting and easy to do. I have been coming for a little over two weeks and have already lost 15 pounds.”

MSRC trainer and Glow Spin instructor Magen Lawrence is hopeful the new program will increase participation in cardio and endurance style exercises that are so vital to the health of Cherokee citizens.

“We really do have something for everyone here. I think a common misconception is that we throw you in and leave you, but everything we have can be adjusted to your comfort level,” Lawrence said.

The 25,000-square-foot MSRC has played a major role in the tribe’s Healthy Nation program. Located at 1501 Graham Ave., MSRC is free of charge for Cherokee Nation citizens and Cherokee Nation employees and their immediate family members. A $20 monthly fee is required of all non-Cherokee gym goers.

For more information on the programs available at MRSC, call 918-453-5496 or visit

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