Student leading workout session at the park
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"3 Wins" for Students, Participants and Communities

Michelle Baik

A CSU Northridge program expands to include more campuses, helping more California communities get fit and healthy.

Student leading workout session at the park

A CSU Northridge kinesiology student (at right) guides 3 Wins Fitness participants in a workout. Photo courtesy of CSU Northridge and David J. Hawkins


​Exercise is a powerful driver of good health, but most of us struggle to find the time and money to make it happen.

3 Wins Fitness, which began in 2011 in CSU Northridge's Department of Kinesiology as the 100 Citizens program, is working to change that. Thanks to this student-powered effort, public health is improving, one California community at a time.

What started at the San Fernando Recreation Park, in the San Fernando Valley, with CSUN kinesiology students offering free workout sessions to local communities, expanded in 2016 to include programs at San Francisco State, Stanislaus State, and Cal State Los Angeles.

And 3 Wins Fitness is looking to grow even more in 2017, eventually including the remaining 19 CSU campuses.

The free program is appropriately named "3 Wins Fitness" because it benefits the people who participate in the workouts; the communities where these participants live; and CSU students, who gain first-hand experience in teaching fitness to adults and seniors.

"[People are being] told, 'You need to exercise… but there are no free programs for you," said Steven Loy, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology at CSU Northridge and faculty advisor for 3 Wins Fitness in an interview with CSU Northridge. "We can do it at no cost… and change the culture of the community."

Members achieve their fitness goals with the help of weekly workouts, and the community experiences overall improved health through the no-cost program that requires little travel, since students meet participants near where they live.

In 2013, 3 Wins Fitness was recognized by the White House through First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign.

Community; Health; Impact; Service Learning