Written by Ava McCall

Welcome back to the blog, Rec’ing Rams!


Let’s be honest, the CSU Rec Center can feel uncomfortable to new members.

I know from personal experience that going to a new gym can be intimidating, and it’s totally ok if you feel the same.

Little did I know, there’s a name for this; Gym-Timidation. Our website offers some information and helpful tips to remedy this, which I have found incredibly beneficial.

Taking group classes might seem like an extra challenge in this respect, but you shouldn’t have to feel that way. In this new series, I am going on an endeavor to try the classes you want to see so that going in and taking one feels less daunting.

First off, I want to let you know the CSU Recreation has a commitment to creating an inclusive and safe space for all members of the community, no matter what. We have a whole page on our website regarding this, and I would highly recommend you check it out, but if you don’t, here’s an important snippet;


“We are dedicated to creating a space that celebrates, supports, and affirms all Rams, from all backgrounds, abilities, and fitness levels. This commitment is backed up with action.”


What makes this important is that change has already been implemented and will continue. Actions across the board, such as the addition of all-gender restrooms and locker rooms, adaptive equipment, accessible spaces for any identity or ability, and a host of other policy and culture changes which can only begin to communicate our devotion to these efforts.


With this in mind, let me tell you a bit about myself.

I’m Ava, I use she/her pronouns, and I serve as the Communications Assistant in the Marketing Department here at Campus Rec. During my years here, I have been studying Political Science and Communication Studies along with an Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies minor (my favorite!). As a third-year, I have gotten a good amount of exposure to everything CSU through a host of different on and off-campus activities and have loved it thus far. The only other thing you need to know about me is that I have a beautiful cat named Honeybun and I love her more than anything!

Well, you also need to know that I don’t work really “work out,” so to speak. I am, however, a huge advocate of working out when you feel like you want to, not when you feel like you need to.


In this series, we are reviewing group classes YOU ask for, so when you want to go to the gym, you can have some extra comfort knowing precisely what you will be getting into.


What we need you to do is let us know what classes you want to see first! Head over to the group classes page and look through the Google Calendar, which shows you the daily class schedule, updated every Thursday.


What are you waiting for! Let us know via email, campusrec_marketing@mail.colostate.edu, Instagram, or Facebook.


See you soon, Rec’ing Rams!