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.

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Regional Bouldering Competition, No Experience Required

Test your climbing abilities against other university students on Saturday, March 28, with the 7th annual Southern SendFest Bouldering Competition.

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Southern SendFest is designed to be a top-score redpoint competition and climbers will have three consecutive hours to achieve their highest score. The score will be a total of the climber’s top five routes.

There will be three divisions to compete in: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

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“A beginner should not hesitate to participate because our climbing event caters to all levels,” Savannah Manning, Southern Adventures staff member, said. “We actually have a beginner category and boulder routes set specifically for them, so the competition is much less intimidating than it may seem.”

Registration ends March 26th and the fee is $35.

The fee includes on-site tent camping, restrooms and showers, lunch and snacks, SWAG Bag featuring samples and freebies from sponsors, and awards for the top male and female competitors in each division.

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The SWAG bags typically consist of stickers, Chapstick, hand salve, and discount cards, though donations are still coming in from sponsors so the exact contents may vary, Manning said.

Already there are some big name sponsors who have sent donations including Moosejaw, Patagonia, Mountain Khaki, and Smithoptics. Last year $3,000 worth of prizes were donated and so the same is expected for this year, Manning said.

During registration, climbers will be able to choose their preferred heat:

      Heat 1 will be from 9 – 12 p.m.

      Heat 2 will be from 12 – 3 p.m.

      Heat 3 will be from 3 – 6 p.m.

“This is a regional event, so at least half of our participation comes from students outside of GSU,” Manning said. “This allows us to be recognized as a school that promotes climbing, while also providing networking opportunities for participating students.”

Other schools also have to compete for Georgia Southern to be recognized as part of CCS (Collegiate Climbing Series).

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After the competition there will be a social at a climber’s house with a rock wall in their backyard.

Participants must be 18 years old or older and enrolled in a southeastern private or public university or college to register.

Climb to New Heights

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Ever want to climb an actual mountainside? Well learn the ropes at the RAC’s Climbing Wall and build your skills before showing off outdoors.

The RAC has a 45-foot-high rock wall modeled off an actual rock face. It is manned by shift leads and climbing wall attendants who can give you tips on your form and technique while making sure you are staying safe.

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“Climbing is an individual activity that challenges a person both mentally and physically,” Spenser Herkelman, Southern Adventures Program Director, said. “The benefits of climbing can range from improved self confidence to increased strength and body composition.”

In the RAC, equipment is provided for climbers from shoes, to harnesses, to chalk bags that can all be checked out. So there isn’t an excuse not to try it.

The only requirement is that participants wear close toed shoes, but climbing shoes are preferred.

Don’t want to climb up a 45-foot wall? Well try your hand at bouldering.

There is a Bouldering Cave right next to the rock wall that allows people to test their climbing skills in a different setting.

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Bouldering is for people who wish to focus more on the difficulty and skill instead of how high they can climb.

Though climbing is an individual activity, the Southern Adventures staff has incorporated a social event for climbers, Bouldering Night Out (BNO).

“Everyone is invited to participate in Bouldering Night Out. It is a non-competitive event with various themes. Patrons do not need to have any prior experience,” Herkelman said.

In the past there has been Ninja, Ghosts and Ghouls, and Neon themed events.

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The Climbing Wall is open:

      Mondays and Thursdays: 4-9pm

      Fridays: 4-6pm

      Saturdays: 12-3pm

     Sundays: 5-8pm

The Bouldering Cave has the same hours as the RAC.

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!

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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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!”

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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

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.

Fitness

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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.

Intramurals

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.

Aquatics

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!

Wellness

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!

2013 Iron Eagle Challenge

The Iron Eagle Challenge (IEC) is an adventure race that gives students a chance to participate in biking, running, boating, and mystery challenges. I know it may sound intimidating but it is all about having FUN!

After talking to Kathleen Wilson, a junior mechanical engineer major,  I was able to get some insight on the race. She has completed the IEC twice and will be participating again this year.

Kathleen is excited about IEC because participants get to race with a friend. “You get to laugh about messing up, passing people, and figuring out challenges. It is a fun bonding experience.”

IEC registration has already begun! All you have to do is find a partner and register. If you do not have a partner don’t worry! Visit the Southern Adventure’s IEC event Facebook page and see who needs a partner as well.

There will be awards, a raffle, and refreshments immediately after the race. There are over ten sponsors this year so the prizes will be awesome! To register and for more information visit the IEC website.

Kathleen says participants should “Get pumped to have a really great time!”

Still not convinced? I am sure this video will change your mind!

The adventure race will take place on Friday, October 18 from 3-6 p.m. Don’t forget to use the IEC hash tag, #IEC13, up until the day of the race so we will know you are ready for the challenge!