Unwind and Relax with a Massage at CRI

Soft piano notes blending with calming flute sounds mixed with the sweet smell of incense creates a relaxing atmosphere.

“I ask the client what their goals are for the massage,” Anita Brown, massage therapist for CRI, said. “Some people just want to relax, relieve tension, and enjoy some down time. Others might want to focus the entire session on a specific ache or pain. Some want a little of both.”

Personally, I just needed to relax and have a gentle massage on my back. So after discussing with her what my needs were, I laid down on the massage table and let her work.

It was definitely relaxing and I wish I had gotten the hour long massage instead of just 30 minutes!


Anita has been a licensed massage therapist since 2003 and has worked with CRI since 2012. She has had training in a multitude of bodywork styles such as: swedish, neuromuscular, thai massage, myofascial release, dermoneuromodulation, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, hot stones, reflexology, reiki, and pranic healing, along with training in qigong and yoga.

Each massage incorporates different movements to better help the body.

The Swedish massages incorporates all the typical strokes of massage such as the long gliding, friction, kneading, compression, and percussive tapping that is present in nearly all styles of massages and is great for general relaxation, stress and tension relief, and wellness.

The other types of massages are all melded together during the massage depending on what the client needs during the their massage time.

The Hot Stone massage, while it is simply massaging the body with warmed stones, is the only massage the must be specifically requested.


By having such a wide variety of expertise, Anita is better equipped to accommodate each clients individual needs.

“The variety allows for an eclectic approach for each session which I really enjoy; I don’t buy into any single one approach or even the basis for why some people think that the modality is effective,” Anita said.

The most enjoyable massages for Anita are either working with the client on specific work to relieve deep tension and communicating about the pressure and movement needed, and when the person just wants to relax because by the end she also ends up feeling relaxed.

To reserve your appointment, visit Member Services at the front of the RAC.

CRI Fitness Presents Olympic Lifting Clinic

Olympic Weightlifting is not a very popular sport on the Georgia Southern campus.

Personally, I love the sport but a lot of people can be very intimidated by it. So, CRI is hosting monthly clinic sessions to inform students on proper technique, form, and the basics for each movement.


Olympic Weightlifting consists of two competition lifts: the Clean and Jerk, and the Snatch.

“The Olympic lifts are full body exercises that focus on strength and power through explosive movement. These lifts are very technical and can be refined through proper coaching and consistent practice,” said Stephanie Rodgers, Fitness Program Director for Strength and Conditioning.

Each clinic session will breakdown each lift. Tuesday, Oct. 21 the focus will be the Clean and Jerk. While Tuesday, Nov. 11 the focus will be on the Snatch. Each clinic session will begin at 8:30 pm in the Conditioning Room.


“In our clinics, participants learn the fundamentals of the lifts and are given the opportunity to practice under the direct supervision of a certified weightlifting coach,” said Rodgers.

“Students should attend this program because they will learn how to do the lifts safely and get one on one coaching for free!” said David Purser, Fitness Graduate Assistant.

Any RAC member can attend and there is no registration required, however there are only 18 slots ope, so show up early.


“The benefits of Olympic weightlifting include improved speed, power, strength, flexibility, and balance. Plus you look really cool when you are doing them! Learning the lifts from a qualified coach greatly reduces your risk of injury and will help you maximize your potential,” said Purser.

If you are unable to attend the clinic sessions this semester, no worries, because next semester there will be a six-week Olympic lifting program that will focus on consistent movement patterns and drills to improve lifting efficiency.olympiclifting-18

Create a Club

Do you feel as though your sport of interest is under represented through Club Sports? Why not make your own?

“Club sports are beneficial in that they allow students to learn or continue playing a sport while competing against other schools without the time commitment of full athletic programs,” said David McConnell, Club Sports Graduate Assistant.rugby2

There is a two part process to creating a Club Sport. First you must becoming a recognized student organization and then you can apply to be in the Club Sports program.

Becoming a Student Organization

The start of your clubs beginning is simple. All you need is four chartering members that are currently enrolled as GSU students with a minimum of 2.0 GPA.

Once you have that, grab an Advisor who is a full-time faculty/staff member at GSU and draft a constitution.

Send two of your chartering members, one of whom must be the President, to the New Student Organization Workshop. Once that is done submit an official, new organization registration form with the Constitution to MyInvolvement.

Now you are an official Student Organization!


Becoming a Club Sport

Once you have become recognized as a Student Organization your teammates and yourself then write a formal proposal to the Club Sports Program by March.

“The Club Sports staff will then review the proposal and discuss the viability of the sport in our program,” said McConnell.

Typically it takes a full year to get fully recognized and receive funding.

After the application is reviewed, the Club Sports staff works with prospective clubs on budgets, practice times and spaces, and other administrative stuff, said McConnell.

“A dedicated and passionate lead team is required to become a successful club sport, as there are multiple steps that need to be taken to become recognized by our staff, and then to keep the club successful after becoming a part of our program,” said McConnell.

Southern Cheer is in their first year as a fully chartered club and Club Dodgeball is currently practicing and petitioning to become a club.


Please contact Steve Sanders, Club Sport Director, at 912-478-5436 or email him at ssanders@georgiasouthern.edu with any questions you may have.

Get Fit. Get Group Fit.

“Clear your mind and free your soul.”

Those are the words that start off the Tuesday morning yoga group fitness class.

Group Fitness classes are offered multiple times a day, every day of the week. And there is something for everyone. The diverse classes include yoga, pilates, cycle, kickboxing, zumba, and hip hop dancing.

Recently I have been getting in touch with my inner self and working on balance and serenity through yoga.

I never would have thought that I would be interested in yoga, until I took my first class this past spring. I found I actually really enjoyed it, the teacher was super friendly, her passion and expertise for yoga were clearly evident, and she modified the movements for all experience levels.

Now, I never miss a Tuesday morning yoga session and am even looking to expand my yoga experience to some of the afternoon classes that CRI offers.

Yoga may not be your thing, but what about cycle?

There are multiple variations of the cycle classes. Ranging from an hour long or forty-five minute straight cycle session to classes that throw in some yoga or core work as well.

I have tried my hand at each variation of cycle. And trust me, your legs will be burning by the end but you will feel extremely accomplished when you glance down at your pace tracker and find that in just an hour you have cycled between 10 and 20 miles!

But maybe the bike seat just isn’t calling your name. That’s fine because you can test your moves in one of the many dance classes or work on perfecting that six pack of abs.

Though I haven’t taken the Hip Hop Jam class, I have tried Zumba and Awesome Abs. And it’s true, your abs will be awesome by the end! Although I have no dancing ability, Zumba wasn’t a struggle. Everyone there is sweating and having fun, the music is blaring, and the instructor is dancing as well.

These are just a few of the many group fitness classes offered. There is also Kickboxing, Fall Fit Camp, Pilates, Interval Training, Southern Sculpt, Aqua Zumba and Aqua Bootcamp.

So, if you don’t want to workout alone then join in a group fitness class. Go with your friends or make new friends while you’re there!

Hope to see you there!



Release Your Eagle Spirit!

CRI hosts two races during the fall semester in recognition of our Eagle Spirit- Iron Eagle Challenge and the True Blue 5K.

These two races are on back-to-back weekends in October. The True Blue 5K being on October 11 and Iron Eagle Challenge held on October 18.

Iron Eagle Challenge

The Iron Eagle Challenge is a partner adventure race through campus, where partners must bike, paddle, and run through the designated course while completing mystery challenges along the way. The mystery challenges will be both mentally and physically engaging.


Personally, I have never competed in the Iron Eagle Challenge, though I really want to! I have had friends run it and say that it was incredibly fun and a definite challenge.

“I’ve done the Iron Eagle twice, and both times I had a blast! It’s impossible to make it through without many episodes of laughter,” said Amanda Kepshire, Iron Eagle Challenge participant.


“The Iron Eagle will help to develop camaraderie in a challenging way while learning about an individual and teams strengths and weaknesses,” said Phillip German, Southern Adventures Graduate Assistant. “It helps individuals problem solve, learn about themselves, and have fun all at the same time.”

Food will be available at the end of the race, and prizes are awarded for best team costumes, best placed finishers, and a number of other giveaways. Participants also receive an Iron Eagle t-shirt.

“The first year I did the race, my partner and I dressed up as Buzz Lightyear and last year my team was Batman and Robin. People really go all out with their team names and costumes,” said Kepshire.


True Blue 5K

The True Blue 5K, is just that.. a 5K. Racers will race through campus beginning and ending at the RAC.

Though I haven’t participated in the Iron Eagle Challenge, I have done the True Blue 5K twice. The first time I did it was two years ago, and it was the first race I had ever done in my running career.

Now as I’ve said before, I am not much of a runner – but it was still fun. There were volunteers scattered throughout the course who would cheer you on as you ran by them.

Some of the racers had some extra fun by dressing up! At my first race, there were two people dressed as Smurfs and another dressed as a fairy. Last year, there were people with superhero capes and frilly tutus.

President Keel even ran my first time! Along with GSU President, other local Statesboro celebrities will participate in the race.


So even though it’s an early morning race, people still have a lot of fun!

“The marching band drumline, the cheerleaders, and GUS are there to kick off the race and cheer for us at the finish line,” said Emmy Richards, Group Fitness Program Director. “There is food at the finish line and awards given for top finishers in their age groups. Early registration also guarantees you a t-shirt!”


Participation is open to all ages ranging from babies in strollers to grandparents and even your four legged friends can tag along. Keep in mind that you don’t have to run if you don’t want to, there are always people who choose to walk the course!

If you are part of an organization earning Homecoming Points, if anyone in your organization registers by October 3, they can earn points for the organization.

“The True Blue 5k really kicks off game day excitement and GSU spirit!” said Richards.

If interested and want to register visit:

True Blue 5K: http://w3.georgiasouthern.edu/cri/trueblue5k

Iron Eagle Challenge: http://w3.georgiasouthern.edu/cri/iec

My First Time in the Meadow

Madness in the Meadow is just that… madness!

I had never attended one of these non-traditional outdoor workout programs that CRI offers on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

I went on Thursday afternoon, not knowing what to expect. I am moderately fit and so I thought I would give this program a whirl. I showed up at the RAC Pavillion and joined the group of others wanting a good workout.

Warm-ups consisted of two easy laps and a few dynamic stretches of butt kicks and toe touches. Concluded by EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) sprints. We would run and rest in the span of one minute and then rest, the faster we ran the more rest we got.

I am not a runner, cardio and I are not friends. So those sprints were killer. It wasn’t a far distance that we had to run; so I was able to make it through but it was more challenging for me than it might have been for others.

After the sprints, the two instructors showed us the day’s actual workout. We would be doing two 12 minute AMRAPs (As Many Reps As Possible). The first AMRAP would be 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 20 overhead lunges. We would repeat that workout set as many times as we could within the 12 minute period.

My arms are not incredibly strong or muscular and I have never managed to do a pull-up in my entire life. Luckily, we had big bands that were wrapped around the bars that we could put our feet in to help pull us up to the bar. The band allows for participants to still perform the exercise, but in a modified way to build strength.

So by the time the first 12 minutes was over, I looked like I had just gotten out of the shower I was so sweaty from the combination of the heat and the exercise. But we still had one more AMRAP to go! So after a quick water break we began again. This AMRAP would be 12 medicine ball throws, 12 medicine ball rainbows, and 12 power snatches with an empty keg.

This one was slightly easier for me because since I do Olympic Weightlifting anyway, I was pretty decent at the keg snatches, and after learning my lesson the first AMRAP, I stuck to a pretty light weight for the medicine balls.

When the instructor finally called time, I was ready to head home. But instead, we had one more mini-workout before we were able to cool down. We partnered up, and while one partner did 12 burpees, the other had to hold a plank. I do not like burpees, they are the bane of my existence. But my partner and I powered through it.

Finally, at the end of class, we toned it down with a traditional cool down.

Madness in the Meadow was definitely an experience, and it was definitely a great workout. If I had to describe it, I would say it was just like outdoor Crossfit.

I will probably go again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a different yet intense workout.