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.


Prevent the freshman, sophomore, junior or senior 15!

We’ve all heard about the threatening Freshman 15. Some have experienced it while others took steps to avoid it. Students have experienced the back to school weight gain in following years as well. Never fear! I’m here to give you some tips and tricks to help keep you from having to go up a size this fall.

I was a victim of the Freshman 15 my first year away from home. It’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits and not even realize it. One of the main problems I had was eating healthy with my dining plan. What’s wrong with pizza and cheeseburgers everyday? A lot.

We’re all experiencing the dining hall changes this fall and may feel limited to what there is to eat around here!

If you haven’t tried The Nest, I suggest you do. They have some healthy options to add to your daily diet including a fresh salad and fruit bar and a station where you can order delicious wraps! There are also ways to be healthy throughout the rest of our dining facilities on campus. Try to add fruits and veggies to your meal instead of fries or chips. And if you just HAVE to have Chick-fil-a, go for something grilled and a fruit cup instead of upgrading to a large number 1. If you make a conscious effort to choose the healthier option, it’ll soon become a habit!

Being conscious of what you’re putting into your body isn’t the only thing that will keep you from putting on those extra pounds. You also need to find ways to stay active!

It’s easy to become lazy during the school year. Why? Because we get tired! Waking up early for class, trudging through the hot, humid air on campus, sitting through numerous lectures then topping off the day with reading and homework assignments. College students live a rough life, ya know?

I promise that staying active will give you that boost of energy you need to get through the day, while also keeping you feeling alert and better about yourself. There are tons of ways to stay active around campus and I encourage you to give up 30 to 60 minutes of Facebook each day to give your body the attention that it needs!

If you enjoy running, take a jog around the RAC trails or up and down campus. Challenge yourself to go a little longer or faster each time you’re out! If you’re like me, and have never been a runner but would like to give it a try, start off by running in the grass around the softball fields. This is a safer way to get started to allow your muscles and joints to get used to the motion and impact. If you ever get discouraged, make yourself keep it up for just one more minute! You may be surprised that you can push yourself harder than you think. Then think about how awesome it’ll be when you’re ready to run the True Blue 5K!

If you’re not big into running, or like to change up your workouts, Group Fitness classes are an awesome way to fit in your workout while having fun! Free classes are offered daily and there are so many to choose from. If you aren’t particularly fond of a class after your first time, don’t make up your mind just yet. Try a class three or four times before you decide it’s not for you. You never know what your body will adapt to if you just give it a chance.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and everyone’s body responds in different ways. Find the routine that works best for YOU, not what works best for the people around you.

Eat right, stay active and have fun!


Club Sport of the Month- Men’s Lacrosse

This month’s Club Sport of the Month is Men’s Lacrosse. The team first started playing in the 1990s and didn’t start competing until 2009. Ever since they have entered the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference, they have been recognized as one of GSU Club Sports’ prominent sports. The team recently defeated their regional opponent, University of North Florida, for the first time bringing themselves closer to entering into the SELC tournament.  Below is a Q & A with the Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Kenneth Nix.

What is a tradition your team has?
We recently started a tradition with participating in Relay for Life.  This has always been a cause close to home because it seems that today there are a vast majority of people who know someone affected by cancer. A player on my high school team has battled back twice from cancer of the lymph nodes to play for his senior year.  This year to raise funds we had a benefit game at Kennesaw Mountain High school where all proceeds went to Relay for Life.

What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Georgia Southern?
The fans, we have great fan support considering we are a club team.  Most people down here have never heard of it let alone seen it played, and once they come to a game they keep coming back.  Lacrosse is the fastest game on two feet and one of the most exciting to watch. The action never stops.

How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?
3-4 days a week for 2 hours. A typical practice includes a warm up, stretching, and line drills, which incorporates different throws the game requires as well a ground balls.  We then do an individual warm up with offense and defense separately. Then, we come together for some team drills from clears, fast break work, shooting drills, 1-on-1s, or 6-on-6.  This is also the point of practice where we put in new plays, offenses and defenses.  Then, we may scrimmage or continue 6-on-6 implementing new things that we had just gone over.  The last 15-20 minutes is conditioning.

How often to you have Competitions?
We play almost every weekend 1 to 2 games from February to April.

What is it like to travel around and play different schools?
Exciting we have gone anywhere from Miami to Myrtle Beach for games, the victory feels that much better over a team on their home turf.  Next year we plan to take a trip for a part of Spring Break to play some teams in either Tennessee or Virginia.

What is your best memory about Club Sports?
In 2010, when we went from 0-10 to 8-4 in the matter of one year, most teams didn’t see us coming. I was a starting goalie as a freshman that year.

When did you start playing Lacrosse?
I started playing in high school, but most of my guys started when they were 10 -14 years old.

What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?
To show your interest in the Georgia Southern Men’s Lacrosse Club, visit our website at www.georgiasouthernlacrosse.com.  We start in the fall and play some tournaments. At this point we do not have a tryout requirement, but as we are a highly competitive club the best players play which is something to keep in mind for new members.

The Men’s Lacrosse team will be taking on SCAD this Saturday in Savannah at 2 p.m.

Stepilicious isn’t your mom’s step class!

Stepilicious isn’t your mom’s step class!”


We all get in our routines of taking the same group fitness classes, at the same times every week. Last week, I decided to switch it up a bit and look for something new. While looking at the Group Fitness Schedule, one class caught my eye.. Stepilicious!

I have to admit, I was a little nervous about what I was getting myself into. But after speaking with the instructor, Emmy Richards, I soon realized I was in for an hour of fun and calorie burning too.

“Stepilicious isn’t your mom’s step class! With fun and sassy dance moves like the Britney, Flamingo and Sexy Salsa, you’ll shake your way into shape! Easy to master choreography and dance club music mixes make this class an exciting and challenging cardio workout,” said Emmy.

Don’t be afraid if you don’t have any dance experience. First, Emmy starts the one-hour class by teaching you the basic step moves. Gradually, arm motions are incorporated in, then the amount of dance moves multiplies and before you know it you have an entire step routine going in the blink of an eye.

My favorite move was the Britney.. A little take off of our favorite pop-star Britney Spears. And of course who doesn’t love doing the Cha-Cha? When you’re having fun dancing to your favorite music, you don’t even realize that you’re getting a workout too. But don’t worry you’ll leave the class in a sweat, feeling energized and ready to  take on the rest of the week.

“I hope to see everyone next Wednesday at Stepilicious- just step up, and shake it!” said Emmy.

Stepilicious is held every Wednesday at 5:30pm in the Group Fitness Room.

With that in mind, I would also like to mention a program with an awesome cause. Pilates 4 Pink! Come out on October 11th from 5:30 – 6:45 pm and 7:00 – 8:15 pm in the Multipurpose room of the RAC. If you have questions please visit : http://services.georgiasouthern.edu/cri/fitness/pilatesForPink