Ride for Red Against Heart Disease


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.


Summer Fun at the RAC!

The semester is coming to an end, so you may be starting to look for some fun summer activities. Look no further! CRI has plenty of activities for you to choose from this summer.

Test your abilities by taking on the Tri-Eagle Challenge during summer-term A or B. In order to complete the challenge, participants must cycle 100 miles, walk or run 26.2 miles, and swim 2500 yards. Complete the challenge and win a prize.

Looking for a more laid back activity with friends, sign up for intramurals this summer! There will be three to choose from: basketball (Registration: May 7-23), softball (Registration May 7-23), and sand volleyball (Registration: Jun 18- Jul 3). Intramurals are a great way to stay active and have some fun with friends over the summer.

Going to the pool is probably the most common summer activity. At the RAC, we have an indoor pool, whirlpool, and an outdoor pool with a whirlpool. Play basketball and volleyball in the pool, or lounge in a chair to soak up the sun. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Needing a little more adventure in your life? Southern Adventures will be offering a couple trips this summer: Kayaking (Saturday, June 9) and Canoeing (Saturday, July 14). If these trips don’t appeal to you, then plan your own. Southern Adventures offers rental equipment for an affordable price to students. Students can rent camping supplies, water sporting gear, and bikes. Resource books, maps, and videos are free for students to use.

Have a great summer!

Try not to let this happen to you…

Club Sport of the Month -Cycling

The GSU Cycling Team has been Selected as the September Club Sport of the Month! I had the opportunity to talk to team President Drew Powell about the Club. Check out below for some entertaining and enlightening responses.

GSU Cycling

What is a tradition your team has?

A 100 mile ride on a saturday winter morning, followed by a nap, food, football that afternoon and Moe biscuits please! –title given to the craziest trip of the season. One year we went an hour and a half out of the way because we were all craving biscuits.

What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?

I dont know where I could find this kind of support from a club sports program. Everyone in it as well as at CRI always asks “How was yall’s weekend” “How’d yall do?” They are excited to here we succeed. That just pushes us to represent GSU more and more. So the support is huge.

How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

We try to get on the bike everyday preseason and in season. Depending on the season, we will work on technical work for Mtn bikers and Cyclocross. We will train intervals/power sets/hill repeats/force/endurance any other time. On the weekends we will typically just go out and spin for 3-4 hours putting on deeep legs.

How often do you have meets?

Road season in spring will have an omnium weekend just about every weekend of the spring. Typically two to three weekends off. Mountain season in the fall has normally 5-6 race weekends. Then cyclocross at the end of the fall semester will have 3 or 4 races. It is a new discipline.

What is it like to travel around and play different schools?

It is awesome! We have met some of the coolest people and stayed in some of the nicest towns. Mars Hill and us have become very close as to we will put them up when they are in town, and they will do the same for us.

What is your best memory about Club Sports?

Steve’s “cat” story.

When did you start cycling?

Freshman Year in college

What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?

They can check out our facebook or website www.gsucycling.com. Come to a meeting, meet everyone. No tryouts. be a nice person, and be passionate about what you are doing.

When was your club established at Georgia Southern?

Our club was established way back in the early 90’s

Does your team have any achievements the team is especially proud of?

We are particularly proud of becoming division 1 last year and stepping it up to do work on a tougher crowd of individuals.