Stay Fit during the Summer

School is almost over and summer is just around the corner. But just because school is out for the summer, and all the knowledge that you learned over the year slowly disappears with the summer sun, that doesn’t mean that all of the progress that you have made should also disappear.

Whether you are staying in Statesboro or are going out into the world there are multiple ways to maintain your progress.

Staying in Statesboro:

HHJ-4CRI is up and running during the summer months and so the RAC is always an option. You can utilize the weight room, the basketball, the racquetball courts, and the indoor and outdoor pools.

      Group Fitness Classes – Available during the summer as well. There will be a Group           Fitness Schedule for both A and B term.

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      Personal Trainers – Available during the summer months if you want someone to help         you get started or keep you motivated.

      Summer Break Boot Camp – Just like Spring Break Boot Camp and Fall Fit Camp, this       will be offered Monday and Wednesday from 6-7pm in the Group Fitness Studio.

PT-13      Southern Adventures – Campus Cycle will be offered during the summer as well,                helping you stay fit by riding bikes around campus. Or utilize the Southern                          Adventures resources and equipment to go on outdoor adventure trips with your                friends.

      Wellness – Student Health 101 and the Wellness Center will be up and running during        the summer to help students with all aspects of health.

      Intramural Sports – Sand Volleyball, Summer Softball, and Summer Basketball will be         offered during the summer months.

      Tri-Eagle Challenge – A different type of triathlon for those who want to push their               boundaries. There will be a Tri-Eagle Challenge for both A and B term. Students have         the whole term to bike 100 miles using any of the three styles of stationary bikes in the       fitness center, or gain the miles through our Group Fitness Spin Classes. Students also       need to walk/run 26.2 miles using the treadmills or the indoor track. And finally,                   participants need to swim 5,000 yards in the indoor pool, either during open swim or         with a Group Fitness water aerobics class.

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Not staying in Statesboro:

Unfortunately leaving Statesboro means you lose access to the RAC, but never fear because there are still other ways of staying in shape.

      Get a local gym membership for the summer months, most gyms will offer a discount         during the summer months.

      Begin a Couch to 5K or Couch to Marathon if you are ambitious, because you can run       anywhere.

No matter what you end up doing this summer, remember you can always be apart of CRI by following us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Assess Your Fitness Level with Fitness Assessments

As the semester’s end is in sight, what better time to find out how much you have improved in your fitness goals than by getting a fitness assessment?

Fitness Assessments test a person’s baseline values such as resting heart rate, blood pressure, height and weight. Body composition by using tests such as the 3-site skinfold, bioelectrical impedance analysis, waist-to-hip ratio. Cardiovascular fitness which is tested by a three-minute step test, muscular fitness is tested by a push-up test and a half sit-up test. Flexibility is also tested by the reach over the shoulder test and a modified sit and reach test.

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“Fitness assessments are great for people who would like to know their current fitness level,” David Purser, Fitness Program Graduate Assistant, said. “Also they are a good way to evaluate progress. For example, if someone had a new year’s resolution to lose a certain amount of weight during this semester, or drop a certain body fat percentage, they could come in as many times as they wanted to be tested.”

You can get a Fitness Assessment as many times as you want in order to keep track of your progress and to help keep you motivated. Some people have come in every single week over the course of a semester and others come at the beginning of a workout program and then again at the end to view any progress made.

It is not required to test everything during a Fitness Assessment though it is highly preferred, people with health conditions or injuries are able to do a ‘modified’ Fitness Assessment. Before participating in a Fitness Assessment everyone must fill out a health questionnaire first.

People under 18 are not allowed to receive Fitness Assessments unless they bring a written note from a parent or guardian and sign a release form.

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Each time you get a Fitness Assessment your results are ranked against others based on your biological sex and age, and you are given a percentile ranking and categories such as ‘above average’ or ‘below average’ so that you are able to see what areas need more work.

Appointments can be made online. You must arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out the necessary paperwork and the Fitness Assessment takes roughly 30 minutes.

Before coming to your appointment. Remember:

      Do not drink alcohol or caffeine, use tobacco products, or eat food within hours of             your appointment.

      Be well rested and avoid significant exertion or exercise on the day of the Fitness               Assessment.

      Get an adequate amount of sleep the night before.

      Wear clothing that allows you to move freely and walking or running shoes.

Purser said, “Being educated about your health is important as you make diet and exercise choices throughout your life!”

Are you the Strongest Eagle?

See who is the strongest eagle of all at the Strongest Eagle competition.

The Strongest Eagle is designed after the World’s Strongest Man competition and is a non-traditional way of challenging participants in both strength and endurance events with competitions in the deadlift, tire flip, truck pull, atlas stones, heavy toss, and a team relay.

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“Although this event is competitive in nature, there is also great community and support among participants,” Stefanie Rodgers, Fitness Program Director for Strength and Conditioning, said. “It is a great way to connect with others that are passionate about their physical fitness.  As with any challenge, mental strength is also tested and this provides an opportunity to exceed even your own expectations.”

The top three finishers of each weight division will receive medals for preliminary events and the overall winner will receive a framed poster award including the original poster design and respective placement information. In the team event, medals will be awarded to each member of the winning team.

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The weight classes for men are:

      Heavy Weight is 205 pounds or more.

      Light Weight is 204.99 pounds or less.

The weight classes for women are:

      Heavy Weight is 165 pounds or more.

      Light Weight is 164.99 pounds or less.

Participation is free for all RAC Member and it is $10 for non-RAC Members. And only 50 participants are allowed.

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The event is April 11 at 10 a.m. See you there!

 

Perfect Your Pose

Ever see people doing yoga poses that look so hard and complex that you don’t think you could ever do it? Well, you can!

On March 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. there will be an Upside Down Yoga Workshop focusing on the inversion poses, arm balances, and headstands and handstands.

“While these may seem like advanced poses, having the correct form and being aware of your body can make them much easier,” Emmy Richards, Fitness Program Director for Group Fitness, said. “This workshop will also show you steps to gain the strength, flexibility, and balance to complete poses like headstand or crow.”

Just last month there was another Yoga Workshop known as Broga. If you’ve been to a previous workout, don’t pass up on this one!

“This is different from Broga because it’s focusing on inversions and balance poses versus yoga for a specific group of people. This workshop will teach participants how to build up to more challenging poses or how to perfect their form in order to get the most out of their practice,” Richards said.

The best part is that it’s free and equipment is provided so there’s no reason not to come! There is a maximum of 25 people, though, so come early to get a spot!

The workshop will include a yoga practice as a warm-up, and then participants will be shown how to build up to the harder poses or how to perfect the pose can already do, Then the workshop will end with relaxation.

Richards said, “You don’t have to be great at yoga to do these poses, you just have to know how to get into them correctly and how to work up to the more challenging moves.”

New Year, New Fitness Opportunities

The new year brings new opportunities to get fit.

The Group Fitness staff has ushered in all new Group Fitness Classes in addition to the ones they already had.

“I think the new classes keep up with the fitness trends and what is popular in the fitness industry,” Emmy Richards, Fitness Program Director for Group Fitness, said. “I think the classes also refresh the schedule and make group fitness sound more exciting, because it really is a fun and effective workout.”

Some classes such as H.I.I.T Fit and Yoga Flow simply received a facelift with a new name, Richards said.

H.I.I.T Fit was originally Interval Training in the fall but the instructor felt that a new name would make it more appealing.

Yoga Flow was taught in some general Yoga classes but the instructors felt that giving participants more specifics about what type of yoga classes they were walking into and to give them an idea of what to expect out of the class.

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“People should try the new classes because it’s a great way to switch up your current routine and reach your fitness goals,” Richards said. “Your body gets used to doing one thing all the time, like lifting or running, so it’s vital to change that routine often.”

Other new classes such as Total Body Blast, Upper Body Blast, Lower Body Blast, and Power Lunch combine resistance training and cardio into one class so that participants can get a more complete workout.

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Whereas Beginner Cycle will help teach new indoor cyclist the basics while going through a fun workout to build confidence on the bike.

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And these new classes could be just the start.

“If participants are looking for a new or different type of workout, then we want to provide those options for them,” Richards said. “Our instructors also will come to us with great ideas for new classes and we are always willing to try something and see if it works!”

There are numerous reasons to come and try a Group Fitness Class. There is no stress about planning the workout, because the nationally certified instructors will do it for you in a fun and effective way. And the classes are designed for all fitness levels from beginners to seasoned athletes so there will be something for everyone to do.

“You have to enjoy what you are doing in order to stick with it, and group fitness is the perfect way to get an awesome workout while having fun,” Richards said.

Get a Job at CRI

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Ever think about what it would be like to work for CRI? Well now is your chance to find out!

From February 9 through March 1 the Job Portal on the Student Employment website will list every single job opening within CRI. This includes positions at the RAC, GSU Golf Course and the new Shooting Sports Education Center.

All you have to do is look through the job postings. Once you find one that you might like, submit your application with your cover letter and resume. It’s that easy. And you can apply for more than one position.

If you have questions about employment at CRI, tables will be set up across campus where you can speak directly with current student employees. The times and locations are as follows:

         Feb. 16 – Russell Union Bus Stop, 10am-2pm

         Feb. 17 – Outside the Dining Commons, 10am-2pm

         Feb. 23 – RAC Lobby, 4pm-8pm

         Feb. 24 – outside Lakeside Café, 10am-2pm

                      – RAC Lobby, 4pm-8pm

         Feb. 25 – Forrest Drive Bus Stop, 10am-2pm

                      – RAC Lobby, 4pm-8pm

         Feb. 26 – RAC Lobby, 4pm-8pm

CRI employs over 350 students and is actually the number one student employer on campus. This is because of the various divisions and areas that students can work in. Plus, working for CRI is awesome, so who wouldn’t want to apply? Some of the positions include:

         Recreation Facility Assistant

         Lifeguard

         Web Media Assistant

         Graphic Design Assistant

         Intramural Sports Scorekeeper

         Southern Adventures Attendant

        Southern Adventures Bike Mechanic

         Fitness Specialist

         Group Fitness Instructor

         Personal Trainer

         Club Sports Supervisor

         Golf Course Attendant

         Golf Course Maintenance Greenskeeper

         Shooting Sports Assistant

Any of these sound like something you would like to do?

Don’t forget, the job postings are only open for three weeks, so mark it on your calendar and don’t forget to apply!

Ride for Red Against Heart Disease

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CRI is joining the fight against heart disease with a new program coming this February called Ride for Red.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States and can be prevented with regular cardiovascular activity, like indoor cycling.

“We decided to have Ride for Red because we want to help people develop healthy lifestyles. With the new year, new semester, and spring on the horizon, we wanted to give people a chance to try our cycle classes and have fun,” Emmy Richards, Fitness Program Director for Group Fitness, said.

The goal of Ride for Red is for participants to participate in as many Cycle classes as they can throughout the month of February.

“We hope that by offering a program that encourages participants to attend classes regularly, they will get in the habit of exercising and improve heart health,” Richards said.

The program is open to anyone and there is no cost for registration. Participants simply need to give their name to the cycle instructor before or after a class and they will be put on the Leaderboard.

Each class earns that participant a heart sticker next to their name. The top three participants who attend the most classes will earn prizes.

However it isn’t just the three winners who will receive prizes. There will be random giveaways during classes as well, so everyone has a chance to win something.

Prizes include Champion Fitness clothing such as workout jackets, dry-fit shirts, and sports bras. There is a selection of mens and womens sizes to choose from as well if you win.

“People should participate because not only are cycle classes a lot of fun and a great workout, cardio exercise really does improve your overall health and well-being. This is the perfect time to start cultivating healthy habits that will benefit you for your whole life!” Richards said.