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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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.

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

Get Fit. Get Group Fit.

“Clear your mind and free your soul.”

Those are the words that start off the Tuesday morning yoga group fitness class.

Group Fitness classes are offered multiple times a day, every day of the week. And there is something for everyone. The diverse classes include yoga, pilates, cycle, kickboxing, zumba, and hip hop dancing.

Recently I have been getting in touch with my inner self and working on balance and serenity through yoga.

I never would have thought that I would be interested in yoga, until I took my first class this past spring. I found I actually really enjoyed it, the teacher was super friendly, her passion and expertise for yoga were clearly evident, and she modified the movements for all experience levels.

Now, I never miss a Tuesday morning yoga session and am even looking to expand my yoga experience to some of the afternoon classes that CRI offers.

Yoga may not be your thing, but what about cycle?

There are multiple variations of the cycle classes. Ranging from an hour long or forty-five minute straight cycle session to classes that throw in some yoga or core work as well.

I have tried my hand at each variation of cycle. And trust me, your legs will be burning by the end but you will feel extremely accomplished when you glance down at your pace tracker and find that in just an hour you have cycled between 10 and 20 miles!

But maybe the bike seat just isn’t calling your name. That’s fine because you can test your moves in one of the many dance classes or work on perfecting that six pack of abs.

Though I haven’t taken the Hip Hop Jam class, I have tried Zumba and Awesome Abs. And it’s true, your abs will be awesome by the end! Although I have no dancing ability, Zumba wasn’t a struggle. Everyone there is sweating and having fun, the music is blaring, and the instructor is dancing as well.

These are just a few of the many group fitness classes offered. There is also Kickboxing, Fall Fit Camp, Pilates, Interval Training, Southern Sculpt, Aqua Zumba and Aqua Bootcamp.

So, if you don’t want to workout alone then join in a group fitness class. Go with your friends or make new friends while you’re there!

Hope to see you there!

Namaste

 

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!

A Personal Experience : Yoga Edition

Yoga Sunday

On Sunday, September 8th I had the opportunity to partake in a new experience by attending my first yoga class. As I walked into the class, I began to second-guess my decision to attend. But, to my surprise, there were many familiar faces which put me at ease.

The instructor, Erica, dimmed the lights and the class began. We were lead through a brief meditation and breathing exercise to prepare us for the class. After that, we participated in a series of stretches and poses. Once I got a hang of the breathing exercises and began to concentrate on exactly what I was doing, it was not as hard as I thought. The instructor made sure to let us know to go at our own pace, and more experienced yoga participants to advance, but encouraged us to only do what felt comfortable. It was amazing to see what my body could do! I began to feel a sense of calming. I had a really great experience and will definitely go again!

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Advice For the Intimidated

  • Be sure to wear the appropriate clothing. There will be times when your back side is up in the air, so I would wear leggings, yoga pants, or longer shorts (:
  • Bring water. Just to make sure you are well hydrated. There is a water fountain near by, but you don’t want to miss any of the class!
  • When you first walk into the class, make sure to grab a blanket, block, and mat. These things will assist you with some of the poses.
  • This class is meant to be fun and cleansing! Concentrate on your breathing and improving your poses. Everyone will be focused on what they are doing so do not worry about feeling embarrassed.
  • The instructor is there to help. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

More Information

Yoga classes are offered multiple times during the week. To access the schedule visit the Group Fitness page on the CRI website.

See you there!