FAAP FITNESS CENTER AND ATHLETICS
ASSOCIATION: LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE
FAAP's fitness center (opened in 2000) is a valuable part of its project of educating
professionals to high levels of excellence as well as developing citizens
able to face life's challenges. This activity synthesizes the idea of education
as combination of having acquired knowledge but also knowing how to
make the right choices.
By encouraging healthy living as a
source of pleasure and a way of building
practical support for success (the
stamina, health, alertness, and lucidity
needed to make coherent decisions
quickly), FAAP shows it is attuned to the importance of sport, fitness, and nonsedentary habits as a differential in life style
(professional or otherwise) in the 21st century.
FAAP's fitness center meets international standards for quality with the best equipment
and training techniques, bold design, and extensive opening hours. A multidisciplinary
team is on hand to offer visitors personalized assistance. There is a musclebuilding
room, spinning room, physical examination rooms, and dressing rooms in
acclimatized environments, with different types of classes for different audiences: localized
gymnastics, step, stretching, circuit, abdominal, jump fit, spinning, and other
variations in this field that is always innovating.
Before they start any sport, all students at the Center take a full physical examination,
including cardiovascular capacity and muscular resistance, postural analysis, body mass,
and measurements. These are essential data needed to plan suitable training sessions.
Interaction and socializing eventually become targets, achievements, and consequences
in the world of amateur or professional sport, so the idea of healthy living, in the case
of FAAP too has gained an important extension. Eco Adventure is a twice-yearly event
lasting three days and comprises different challenges or trials in contact with nature.
The aim is to encourage students to practice physical exercise and thus help them enjoy
healthy living styles. Team spirit and a liking for adventure are featured in trekking,
whitewater rafting, mountain biking, riding, and abseiling.
Eco Adventure was first organized in November 2001, with only thirty-two athletes.
It was an entirely new initiative for Brazilian universities. Over the years interest has
grown as more people want to practice physical activities that combine interaction with
nature and social activities. Eco Adventure has become a popular event and every year
numbers of entries set new records. In 2004, an average of 120 athletes attended training
sessions at FAAP fitness center and put them into practice, using strategies and organizational
methods for better performance.
The Eco Adventure events have discovered some outstanding athletes and led to a
mixed team (of six members) being fielded to compete in adventure races in Brazil and
internationally. FAAP was once again in the forefront and encouraged students to continue
training and competing.
FAAP's Adventure Team has traveled to competitions such as the Patagonia
Volcanoes Challenge (Argentina); Nike Gaia in Buenos Aires (Argentina); and the Raid
World Championship in France and Italy.
The Academic Athletics Association was founded in 1991 and organizes all FAAP sporting
events internally and externally as part of the São Paulo University Sports Federation
(locally Fupe). With more than 1,000 members, it holds four traditional competitions
every six months: the Communication and Arts University Games (locally Juca);
the Engineering Olympics with several engineering courses taking part; Economics
Olympics for Economics and Management students; and Legal Games for law schools.
These games cover all types of events and are always held in the interior of the state.
The Athletics Association also runs its Summer Games event on the beach at Maresias,
on the north coast of the state of São Paulo, with thousands taking part in beach
soccer, volleyball, and handball, etc. Taking part in the competitions has provided unforgettable
experiences that have been enriching from many different angles.
There is also an ongoing series of special external events in which FAAP competes
with other universities.
The emphasis on sport as part of a healthy life has many variations at FAAP; one
of them took place in October 2001 with support from the Athletics Association and
became an authentic "night of champions." Eder Jofre (bantam-weight boxer and
world champion), Paula Gonçalves (world champion basketball team member), José
Roberto Guimarães (volleyball coach, gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games),
Aurélio Miguel (gold medal for judo at the Seoul Olympics), Hideraldo Bellini (twice
world champion soccer team member, in Sweden and Chile), and Victor Mirshawka
(FAAP's cultural director, member of the world champion basketball team in Rio de
Janeiro in 1963, and Olympic bronze medal winner in Tokyo in 1964) shared their experiences
of challenge, discipline, and achievements as elements that are also part of
the history of the Institution.