Beyond these four walls

Noel Tillson
Staff Writer

English teacher Rebecca Bowlen has been wanting to teach girls conditioning for 15 years. This year she finally got her chance. 

“I was told if the numbers show, you can, but it’s always been, ‘no, we need you in English.’ Last year I was told I could have one…Woohoo.” 

Fitness became a big part of Bowlen’s curriculum, but she didn’t want to stop there. Instead of standard conditioning class, Bowlen knew she had to go further. She started by becoming organized. 

 “Well I treat it like any other lesson plan. I do my homework and study up… I create the workouts that will suit each individual in the class”. 

Bowlen recognized finals time and how stressful it can be. She decided to take this three hour final opportunity and create a field trip for the girls to go around town to see healthy options for teens in Ketchikan. Rain Country Nutrition, Parnassus Books, and Fiber Arts all open their stores with welcoming arms to really emphasize that the teens were always welcomed. Since the first semester had just ended, many wondered was it Bowlens’ teaching persuading people to join the class? I asked a few students to find out the inside scoop. Sophomore Maggie Boehlert explained positively that she enjoys the class and thinks many other students think the same.

“I like the class, yeah working out is tough and we’re all pretty tired after but it’s fun,” said Boehlert. “Mrs. Bowlen always makes good snacks and has good music playing.” 

She explained positively that she enjoys the class and thinks many other students think the same. As for future girls conditioning classes, Bowlen has her “fingers crossed” for many more years to come. 

Sample schedule:
Monday – Circuit training and “floor to failure” (max) every four weeks.
Tuesday – Weight room for muscle growth and proper technique
Wednesday – Mile walk or hike  weather dependent or Ted Talks and cleaning yoga mats
Thursday – Weight room for muscle growth and proper technique
Friday – Guest speaker, “fun food fridays” or creative arts

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