Popular trainer offers students master class at CSUN

Popular trainer offers students master class at CSUN

Mayra Escobedo

Instructor Michael Blanks leads CSUN attendees in a fitness routine on Oct. 9. Photo credit: Loren Townsley / Photo Editor

Students got an opportunity to workout with Michael Blanks Tuesday at the SRC.

The Master Class with Blanks kicked off the five Masterclass series put together by the University Student Union that will go on this year.

“We want to give students the opportunity to interact with a high profile trainer and to take a class that isn’t offered at the SRC,” said Hector Moreno, 19, sophomore mechanical engineering major and event organizer.

Blanks, the creator of Drenched Cardio, had students doing a mixture of dance, boxing and circuit training for the entire hour without breaks. He motivated students throughout the class by walking around and making sure that they were keeping up with the class.

“It was awesome. It was really intense and I wasn’t expecting it to go the entire hour without break but it was really good,” said Christina Ungefug, 22, senior interior design major. “I loved how he interacted with everybody and would come around because every time he came over you would feel more motivated and worked harder.”


More than 60 students attended and worked out to hip hop, dance, pop and reggaeton music.

“What I try to do is get a certain pace so that everyone can enjoy and work out,” said Blanks. “The outcome was great. They showed me a lot of passion and caring inside the room, they were all together it was like a big giant family.”

Yocelin Garza, 18, freshman psychology major, has attended other classes at the SRC and thought the class was great.

“It was more advanced than I thought that it would be but it was really fun,” said Garza. “I think he is a really good teacher to pump us up.”

The next Masterclass will be on Nov. 16 and will feature Team Zumba USA.

Michael Blanks leads CSUN students and staff in his master class with some final stretches on Oct. 9 in the Red Ring Courts at the Student Recreation Center. “Fitness runs in my family,” said Blanks. “I don’t believe in routines, I want people to have fun and enjoy working out.” Photo credit: Marc Evangelista / Contributor