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:

Iron Eagle Challenge:


Find Your #RACLife for 2014

Welcome back, Eagles!

This spring is packed with great programs and events to get you involved, stay in shape, and help you find your #RACLife.

To stay updated, I encourage you to follow GSUCampusRec on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We still have more #RACLife T-shirts to give away, so don’t miss out on a chance to win one!

Here is a quick overview for this semester.



Print your own schedule here.

There are three new group fitness classes to check out this semester! We have added a Meditation class, Restorative Yoga, and Interval Training. Never heard of them? You can read the class descriptions here to give you an idea of what to expect before you show up.

Spring Break Boot Camp is back this semester! The boot camp will begin January 21 and is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. No registration required.


Registration has opened for pre-season basketball and will close January 15. Mark your calendars to make sure you and your team is registered to play!

Also, Soccer and Bowling registration opens on the first day of classes. Remember, choosing days to play are first come first serve!

Lastly, be on the lookout to play CRI Open Golf later this spring!

Golf Course

If you haven’t gone to check out the new Georgia Southern Golf Course yet, or even if you have, book your tee time here. It’s only $7 for students to play! You can even sign up for lessons and rent clubs if you’re new to the sport.

Club Sports

The Club Sports Fair is on January 21 at 6 p.m. During the fair, you will have a chance to meet over 30 teams and get more information on how to get involved. Check out our directory to get an idea what’s available before you get to the fair!

Southern Adventures

Campus Cycle had its kick-off last night, and we only have about 15 bikes left, so come on out to rent your bike for the semester. Rental is $30 for the entire semester and includes the bike, a lock, and free parts and maintanence. Don’t miss out on this awesome program. It can help you to save gas money while giving you guaranteed exercise everyday!

SA will also be hosting tons of climbing and skills clinics. Pre registration is required.


There will be some Red Cross certification classes this semester. If you are interested in any of the certification classes register with Member Services on the first floor of the RAC.

If you’re interested in working as a lifeguard, go ahead and sign up for the certification to help better your chances of a job with CRI!

In addition to the Red Cross Certification, aquatics will be hosting Swim2Break, the Polar Bear Plunge, and Dive-In Movie!


Put wellness in your Wednesday is kicking off January 29th from 12-2 p.m. with a Just Dance Off event! Come to the Russell Union Stage and get active with Wii Just Dance.

Next month the Wellness program will have their annual Wellness Week. A variety of events are lined up to help you make wellness a daily routine.

Also, get excited for the Campus Farmer’s Market returning soon!

Stay tuned for more programs and events from CRI this spring! Feel free to visit our website for more information.

Have a great semester!

Summertime at the RAC

To all of those who will be staying in Statesboro over the summer, the RAC will be all yours! The Statesboro student population will decrease dramatically within a week after graduation, but that just means there will be more opportunities for the RAC patrons who are still in town. This means having your choice of any of the cardio and weight lifting equipment, plenty of space between people in the sauna and no more searching for the last open parking spot at 7 p.m. on a weeknight!

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It’s easy to convince yourself to skip the gym and hang out in the sun by the water, but you don’t need to choose between the two! There are numerous ways to stay active this summer while being outdoors. Sign up for a sea kayaking day trip with the Southern Adventures team! Never been kayaking before? No problem! The SA trip leaders will help you with anything you need and make sure you have a great time on this new adventure!


SA also has various skills clinics that range from teaching you and giving you tips on how to maintain your bike to providing you with the exhilarating experience of zip lining through the beautiful Georgia Southern pine forest! SA offers several activities that will keep your summer in Statesboro exciting, so try something new and don’t miss out!

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Need an activity that will challenge you through the summer weeks to improve your physical fitness? Try out the Tri-Eagle Challenge and choose to complete it either during term A or term B. You will be challenged to cycle, walk/run and swim set distances during the term of your choice. Commit yourself and show off the results at the pool and beach!

For the sporty type, we are continuing Intramural Sports throughout the summer just for you! Register for summer basketball or softball in May and begin playing at the end of the month. You can also sign up for the sand volleyball tournament mid-June and play July 9 -11. If you’re not enrolled in more than four summer course hours, don’t worry! Just pay the RAC fees, and you will be eligible to participate in Intramural Sports!

Enjoy the RAC and all the benefits that come with staying in Statesboro for the summer!


Spring 2013 With CRI

To all my fellow Eagles out there, welcome back to campus!

With it now being the spring semester, I know there will be a surplus of patrons coming in and out of the RAC doors. It seems everyone has a little more motivation and determination to work out at the beginning of the spring semester than at any other time of the year. What’s not to get you in the mood for a good workout? There are New Year’s resolutions, spring break trips, pool parties and south Georgia weather!

Lucky for all of you RAC members, including myself, CRI has something for everyone to get involved in to reach spring fitness goals!

With over 65 group fitness classes taking place throughout the week, there’s something for almost everyone to try! You can try anything from aquatics to fun and funky dancing to intense cardio. There’s no harm in sticking with your favorite class or trying something completely new. In case you haven’t heard yet, we also have two new classes being offered this semester: PiYo and Turbokick! Remember, all of these group fit classes are available to you at no cost and no obligation to attend each session!


Intramural Sports starts the spring semester with basketball, wheelchair basketball and soccer! Other sports will also be offered, and if you’re new to a sport, don’t be too intimidated to get involved! Each intramural sport has different leagues and divisions so everyone can participate at their own skill level! Check out the spring intramural sports you can register for.

Do you like a little more competition when it comes to your favorite sport? Club sports provide students with  the opportunity to travel, as well as develop leadership skills while participating in the sport you love! The Club Sports Fair is at the RAC next Tuesday at 6 p.m. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about the 27 different club sports CRI has to offer.

polarCRI’s Aquatics Program has a few different events going on this semester, one of which is the annual Polar Bear Plunge! This year we are making the plunge a little more exciting and a little cooler, if you know what I mean. We are adding ice to the outdoor pool to see who can brave the icy water!

Swim lessons are continuing to be offered to RAC members this semester. For a small fee of just $10, you may choose a skill level and attend 6 classes. You won’t be able to find prices cheaper than this, so take advantage of this great opportunity to improve your swimming skills!

Southern Adventures has some great trips planned for this semester that could give you the adrenaline rush you’re looking for! You could go white water rafting, rock climbing or kayaking with manatees for a weekend for a small fee! Also, check out the alternative spring break trips that you can attend! Spots fill up fast, so don’t hesitate on signing up!

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Pledge to be well this week! Beginning on Monday, February 18, our University Wellness Program is helping students to reveal their inner child, promote healthy body images, learn about the consequences to being dishonest and putting themselves in danger’s path and more! This week is packed full of fun activities that will help you boost your self-confidence and rethink some potentially dangerous decisions.

The week’s events will include music, games, food, prizes and education about living well! Make sure to stop by the LiveWell Fair on Wednesday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Russell Union to visit on and off campus organizations representing each of the 7 dimensions of wellness. Visit various vendors to receive a Wellness Week t-shirt! The first 100 students and faculty/staff members that bring a nonperishable item will also receive a free prize! Check back soon for Wellness Week’s full schedule.

Race 2 Break 5k is just a couple short months away, and we want to make sure everyone has enough time to prep for this 3.1 mile run or walk through our beautiful campus! The race will be on March 9 at 8 a.m.

There are no excuses as to why you can’t better yourself and stay healthy this semester! CRI provides its patrons with numerous activities, classes and sports to get involved in. Stick to your New Year’s resolution or other fitness goals, and join us at the RAC! To learn even more, visit the CRI website.

Good luck this semester!


How True Blue are YOU?

The True Blue 5k is quickly approaching and I can’t think of a better way to show your school spirit other than to dress as true blue as you possibly can and run through our beautiful campus the morning of our homecoming football game against Howard University.

This race is for anyone! You can be a seasoned runner, new to the sport, or just interested in taking your dog on a leisurely walk (as long as you pick up after them!)

CRI hosts many different races throughout the year, but none of the others can compare to the True Blue 5k. A lot of student organizations come out to get all of the participants pumped up and energized for the race!

Last year, Dr. Keel kicked off the race with us and showed his True Blue spirit! The GSU cheerleaders, GUS, CRI’s Blue Man and the pep band also made an appearance to add extra excitement to the race.

Here’s something else to consider- everyone knows that the RAC parking lot gets pretty packed with tailgaters on game days. Since parking is on a first come first serve basis, you’ll already have a great spot from your early morning run, which lets you jump right into tailgating after the race!

Students! You can register online at or at Member Services in the RAC.  Preregistration just ended, but regular registration is still only $15 until the day before the race. This registration fee also includes an awesome True Blue 5k t-shirt. If you decide to register the day of the race, the cost will increase to $20. Take advantage of the student prices and register early!

Also, Swim.Bike.Run of Statesboro is donating a brand new pair of running shoes for the overall male and female winners. You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity for a new pair of shoes!

With True Blue spirit,


Show of Strength

Strength training is a great form of fitness to add to your workout routine. Weight lifting can be intimidating, especially if you have never done it before and are unsure of the safe ways to begin.

I asked Greg Stephenson, CRI’s Fitness Program Director over Strength and Conditioning, a very broad question. I asked him what he would tell someone who is unfamiliar with weight training, but is looking to begin. This is what Greg had to say:

“Individual’s who are beginning to weight-train or are looking to start a strength training program, often look at others and attempt to imitate what they do.  I mean why not, right? Everyone looks like an expert in the weight room.  But what’s important to remember is that when starting out, your body will go through changes that their bodies have already experienced. Begin a weight-training program by learning the technique or proper lifting form as well as staying at a low intensity.  Beginners often push it too hard and too fast, causing increased muscular pain and long recovery periods. This will eventually turn into a deterrent and the student will no longer want to workout.  Keep the intensity levels low as your body adapts to the movement for the first couple of weeks then progressively increase the resistance.  Allow adequate recovery time so that your body builds on more muscle from when you broke down the muscle in your session. The recovery is very important so again; don’t push it too hard too fast.”

This is only a taste of what you need to know to begin a strength-training program. Take advantage of the many resources at the RAC to safely begin your training schedule. Don’t be afraid to talk to professionals here and ask questions to get pointed in the right direction! Starting in the right place will help ensure that you end in the right place!

If you’re already into lifting, or maybe you’ve recently begun the process, make sure you look into the Show of Strength taking place on Saturday, October 27 at 11 am! The Show of Strength is CRI’s power lifting competition and has weight classes for both males and females. We want to see what you’ve got, so click here to see the website and register!

Show of Strength

I’m including a few videos below to show the proper techniques used in each category. Use them as a guide, but don’t forget what Greg had to say earlier in this post!

Squat Rules and Techniques

Deadlift Rules and Techniques

Bench Press Rules and Techniques

Get strong and be safe!

Are you ready for the Iron Eagle Challenge?

Have you ever wanted to participate in a challenge that’s more than just your traditional race?

The Iron Eagle Challenge is your perfect opportunity! This race includes traditional running or walking portions while also incorporating biking, canoeing and many mystery challenges throughout the course. The mystery challenges require both mental and physical skills and provide you with a nice break from running or biking.

The Iron Eagle Challenge course is between 4 and 5 miles long, but most of the mileage is covered on the bike. This race is ideal for anyone who is in moderate cardiovascular shape so don’t be shy!

So when is it? The Iron Eagle Challenge will take place Friday, October 19 from 3-6 pm

Now you want to know, “How do I sign up for this amazing race?” Just click HERE.

All you need is a partner, a creative team name, a bike and $15 per team member. Not bad! If you don’t have your own bike, just ask around to see if you can borrow one from a friend! True friends lend their bikes to other friends.

Once you register, mark the Pre-Race Meeting on your calendar because at least one team member needs to attend. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 and 8:00, so you can pick the time that fits into your schedule the best.

This race is going to be a lot of fun! I’m all signed up and excited about the challenge, so I hope to see you guys out there!

Have an awesome week!