It’s Spin Time

With summer only a few days away, many of you may be packing to go home. Others, however, will be heading to the RAC to begin their summer weight loss program. It is not uncommon for students to choose summer break as the time to really focus on their fitness goals because they have more time to devote to the gym. To help those who wish to lose some pounds over summer, CRI has created an 8-Week Spinning Weight Loss Program. The class meets every Wednesday from May 25- July 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Space for the Program is limited to 20 people!

I sat down with Justine Coleman, Group Fitness Director for CRI, to get some information on spinning and the benefits of group exercise:

1. For those who have never taken a spinning class, is it hard?

To be honest, the biggest challenge for most people is the seat. It is small and not that soft. I recommend wearing pants that don’t rub against your skin, such as sweat pants or spandex- Anything that will make the seat more comfortable.

2.What muscle groups does spinning work out?

It works out mostly your legs. However, you do need to work on your core and upper body strength in order to become a more efficient rider.

 3. What types of spinning classes are available at the RAC?

We have our regular Spin 30, Spin 45, Spin 50 and Spin 60 classes. Then we have our combination spin classes that include Spin Core, Spin and Sculpt, Spinlates, SpINSANITY.

4. Which class should a beginner take?

Start out with Spin 30, which is 30 minutes of regular spinning. Do not take SpINSANITY! That is the class you should work your way up to.

5.  What is your favorite combination spin class and why?

My favorite class is the combination Spinlates class (spin and Pilates) because Pilates works on strength training and flexibility. I like how your body weight is used for strength training in lieu of equipment.

6. What are the benefits of group exercise?

It is motivating to be surrounded by a group of people. Plus, there is the social aspect of meeting new people who want to achieve the same goals you do.

7. What advice would you give to those who are too self-conscious to work out in groups or in front of others?

More often than not, people are focused on just themselves when working out and are not watching or judging or you. Just be optimistic.

8. What are the benefits of starting a weight loss plan over summer break?

During summertime, students tend to be a lot more relaxed. Plus, they have more time to dedicate to their weight loss goal.

For more information on the 8-Week Spinning Weight Loss Program or to view CRI’s summer group fitness schedule, please visit www.georgiasouthern.edu/cri.

CRI Till You Die! – Michelle

Adventures for a Not-So Statesboro Summer

We at CRI would love to welcome you into the RAC all summer long. But we understand that many of you go back home during summer break. So now the question remains, for those of you who are leaving for the summer, what are you supposed to do without the RAC?

No worries! We have compiled a list of places for you to visit all over Georgia. Now, no matter where it is you call home, you will  be able to stay active  and enjoy the outdoors:

George L. Smith State Park– This national park located in Twin City, Georgia, is known for its canoeing. The park has a breathtaking cypress tree lake that paddlers and rowers can explore for hours.

Forks Area Trail System (FATS) – Rumor has it the trails winding through Augusta, Georgia to South Carolina offer some of the best mountain biking in the Southeast.

RockTown– Located in LaFayette, Georgia, Rocktown’s greatest claim to fame is well, you guessed it, rocks. Don’t be fooled- these aren’t your average rocks. Gigantic free standing boulders and rock pillars grace the park, making it an ideal scene for both climbers brave enough to climb or hikers looking for some unusual scenery.

Cumberland Island– This majestic island off the coast of Georgia offers relaxing and scenic paddling and hiking. The best part? Frequent sightings of wild horses roaming the coastline.

Tallulah Falls– As you backpack through the park,  you will encounter 3 lakes, 6 waterfalls, a 1,000 foot gorge, and a sliding lake rock. Tallulah Falls is both hiker’s and water enthusiast’s dream.

Sope Creek– Located in Sandy Springs, Georgia, this hiking trail is set upon the ruins of an abandoned Civil War paper mill. During the hike, stop and take a dip in the rushing river that borders that trail.

Unicoi State Park– Unicoi is a fisher’s paradise. Located in Helen, Georgia, the park has everything from hiking to biking, although it is best known for scoring the best catch.

Amicalola Falls  – Home to the tallest waterfall in the Southeast, Amicalola Falls offers visitors the opportunity to climb an outdoor staircase that parallels the waterfall. Be prepared to climb over 400 stairs if you want to make it to the top!

I would like to give a a special “thank you” to Southern Adventures for their help in compiling this list.

If there are any destinations that you think should be included in this list, please add them in the comment’s section. I hope everyone has a great summer!

CRI till you die! – Michelle