In the fall, Coach Gillian Glengarry counted and examined 55 small, thick, sheets of paper every night, each representing a different student in the Total Body Fitness (TBF) Program. TBF is the workout program with a requirement of 2.5 hours per week, earning participants a sports credit.
Three years ago, before unscheduled TBF—when students could come workout whenever they want—was added, Coach G only had to know 18 faces for TBF.
However, in the past three years, the number of students joining the program has tripled, in turn igniting change in the layout of the gym and a need for a modification of the way that students log their time in the gym and how Coach G keeps track of it.
This winter season, Coach G is monitoring 46 students. Next trimester in the spring, not including students that could join because of being cut from a team or those who decide not to play after the sport begins, she will have 35 students.
Coach G found it necessary to order eight bikes as well as reorder the entire gym. This necessity is due to the flexibility of TBF as a program.
According to Coach G, the numbers increased because TBF only requires 2.5 hours per week while other sports require 2 hours per day.
“I see kids in TBF that are sleep deprived from the homework that they have to do, and that’s without the commitment that sports require,” Coach G said.
She is aware of the academic intensity of Greenhill, and when she sees juniors adding TBF to their schedule, she said that this is because of the rigor of junior year.
“I don’t want students to have to choose between academics and athletics. I want
to keep them in athletics but also for them to be successful academically,” Coach G
Junior Ariana Carr, who played varsity basketball last year, made the switch to TBF this winter.
“The flexibility with TBF is great, if I have a lot of homework one night and can’t make it, I can just find another time to complete my hours,” Ariana said.
While the lack of time required for TBF is attractive to students, the crowdedness of the gym, according to Carr, was hard to deal with.
Coach G got rid of three treadmills, added benches, dumbbell shelves, a couple workout machines and put the bikes on the side to create more space. She also recently ordered eight more bikes to replace the lack of cardio machines because they are more space friendly than treadmills or ellipticals.
Due to the sheer amount of student’s in TBF, the process of keeping track of students has intensified for Coach G.
She signs students in and out (though multiple coaches have this ability) and keeps track of their hours each week. If a student has not met the requirement for the week or she doesn’t think they are going to, she emails their advisor and parents.
“With everyone rushing around, in and out, it’s harder for me to interact with them, and talking to the students is my favorite part—the best I can do is leave notes on their sign in cards,” she said.
Coach G would prefer a software that could do the tracking for her. When students arrive in the gym, they would check in, their timers would start, and then they would choose a workout and begin. The software would track the time for the entire week, and Coach G would be able to check it at her own will—allowing her more time to interact with her students.
The software is only an idea now, but Coach G said she hopes to turn it into reality soon.
Photo by Rylyn Koger
Originally published in the February 2018 print issue