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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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!

 

Rest, Relax, and Eat

Spring Break is finally here! No classes, just fun in the sun and some much need R&R. But just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean you have to lose sight of all your fitness progress that you’ve made this year.

When on vacation, people have the tendency to overindulge with food and drinks because they’re “on vacation.” Which is totally fine, you work hard you deserve to spoil yourself, but don’t let your spoils ruin your fitness progress.

An easy way to avoid overeating is to bring snacks to munch on while you soak up the sun in between meals. This way you won’t be so hungry afterwards that you turn to a fast food option, ruining all of your progress.

Here are some healthy snack options that you can pack to take with you.

      Baked Zucchini Chips

      Microwaved Apple Chips

      Edamame

      Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberry Bites 

      Frozen Grapes 

      Trail Mix 

These are just a handful of ideas that you could take with you on your vacation that are fairly easy to make with minimal prep time.

So remember, wherever your Spring Break adventure might take you doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your progress or your health.

Enjoy and Relax!

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.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another semester!

It is now 2015 and the best time take advantage of a fresh start!

CRI is here to help you fulfill those New Years resolutions by supplying numerous old and new Group Fitness classes, along with intramural sports, club sports, and various clinics that will help you with all aspects of your fitness goals.

There will be the classic Group Fitness classes returning such as Awesome Abs, Yoga, Cycle, and Zumba.

However, there is a whole new set of Group Fitness classes. Some branch off of the staples like Yoga Flow and Beginner Cycle but others are completely new like Total Body Blast, Upper Body Blast, Lower Body Blast, H.I.I.T FIT, and Power Lunch.

If any of these classes sound interesting, go to our website and read the class descriptions.

Fitness classes are all offered numerous times a day, every day of the week.

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Along with Group Fitness classes, there are also additional programs such as Spring Break Boot Camp and the new Olympic Lifting Program. These programs combined with the original Women and Weights and Madness in the Meadow classes can help you reach your fitness goals.

If swimming is more your thing, then look out for the Swim 2 Break challenge. Choose a Spring Break destination: Nassau, Bahamas at 8,000 yards; Cancun, Mexico at 16,000 yards; or Sydney Australia at 48,000 yards.

After completing any of the three set distances, you will receive a paradise glass.

Along with physical fitness goals, CRI offers programs for other aspects of improving overall wellness. These programs include Wellness Week, Voice Your Dream, Put Wellness in Your Wednesday, the Campus Farmers’ Market, No Impact Week, and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

With so much offered through CRI, there is no reason for you not to stick to those elusive New Years Resolutions, start fresh or to continue the progress you made last semester.

See you at the RAC!RACLife

Aquatics Center Now and Later

The activities of the Aquatics Center ebb and flow just like the water that it is centered around.

At CRI the Aquatics Center has held many events this past semester and is looking forward to hosting more next semester.

Over the past semester, the events and activities that the Aquatics Center has hosted have done better than ever.

The Dive-In Movie featuring 22 Jump Street saw the largest attendance to date with 350 guests, Battleship had the largest participant record as well with 12 teams.

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Swim the Sunbelt participants are doing a great job this semester. The Georgia Southern football team is playing a great season, which translates to a lot of yardage for swimmers! Even with all of the touchdowns to keep up with, participation is at an all time high!

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Next semester CRI members can look forward to even more aquatic events like the Polar Bear Plunge on January 26, another Dive-In Movie on April 10th, and then the Outdoor Pool Opening on April 13th.dsc_0011 copy

“The water is fun! The staff here is great, the atmosphere is always positive. Water exercise has been proven to be one of the most effective types of exercise out there,” Brad Field, Aquatics Graduate Assistant, said.

Along with events, the Aquatics Center offers numerous classes for members such as group and private swim lessons. In addition, for those interested First Aid, CPR/AED, and lifeguard classes are offered to students. Also, Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Instructor classes are taught as advanced courses.

Group Fitness utilizes the Aquatics Center as well for Aqua Zumba and Water Aerobics.

Along with the activities and events, the facility itself is fully equipped for the benefit of members.

Indoors there is the 385,000 gallon competition pool with 1 and 3 meter diving boards in the diving well of the pool, and two 5,000 gallon whirlpools. There is also a dry sauna, two large scale locker rooms and a family locker room. Outdoors, there is a 60,000 gallon pool with a vortex.

Swimmers can also use the full set of water weights, kick boards, and floating belts.

The wet classroom is also equipped with full digital and AV capability.

“Whether someone is just lounging in the sauna or whirlpool, or swimming laps, I have never heard of someone who didn’t enjoy their experience in our facility,” Field said.

The Aquatics Center indoor pool is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and for more information about hours or events being hosted, visit http://recreation.georgiasouthern.edu/aquatics/aquatic-center/indoor-pool/.