Hey Rec'ing Rams!

The series we've all been waiting for is finally here.

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

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

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 on a mission to try and review group classes at the Rec so that going in and taking one feels less daunting.

This time, I got to check out the VinYin class at the Rec. You can register for this vinyasa and slow-flow fusion through the CSU Rec App or on our website.

Before I tell you what I thought, let me give a better description of what you will be getting into:

“A combination class of a heat-building Vinyasa flow and breathwork during the first half of class. Here we will build heat and work off the energy of the day. The second half of the class will be a slow and restorative Yin practice. The Yin portion of class will be seated and supine poses that offer deep stretch and relaxation. All levels. A rejuvenating class to promote breath-body connection and relaxation.”

Jes is the instructor for the VinYin class and was very welcoming when I came in. She made sure that I had all the props necessary for the class – a yoga mat, two blocks, one strap, and one bolster – and waited until everyone got settled to start.

The first half of the class included moves from your normal vinyasa class which got me nice and warmed up for the rest of the workout. As someone who doesn’t frequently work out, I was very happy with the level of intensity in the tougher parts of the class! When I needed a break, I made sure to stop and take a sip of water and then hopped right back into what the instructor had for us next. It is safe to say that I got a good workout during this portion of the class.

In the next half, we moved on to much slower and more restorative movements, allowing ourselves to focus on deep stretching. I am a big fan of slow flow because it helps me release the tension that I carry from looking at a screen all day! While moving through the sequences, Jes made sure to remind us about breathing intentionally which is something that I often forget to do during a workout. We ended the class like most others with a moment of stillness to wrap up all the good exercise we got.

Overall, I was very pleased with this class and would love to take it again! Jes was a great instructor, and now that I have done it once, I feel much more confident for the next time.

That’s all Rec’ing Rams! If you take this class, let us know what you think. We would love to hear your feedback.

Hey there Rec’ing Rams! If you’ve been following us recently, you will know that we have many changes being made inside of the Rec before the semester begins. Curious about what’s going on? I sat down with the director of facilities for Campus Recreation, Tyson Kehler, to better understand the need for the current closures.

For most of the summer, students have been entering the Rec through the side entrance due to construction in the lobby areas. What you may not know is that we are installing new turnstiles next to the service center. Kehler stated that the project is “designed to increase the efficiency and security of the service center by separating the business function from the patron check-in.” This change will make it so patrons can self-check-in rather than swipe in with the service center staff.

Additional digital signage will be added to the area alongside a built-in carpet at the main entrance to the building.

The project, however, will not be completed until the end of phase two. In this final phase, the Rec will completely re-design the service center, and aims to begin the second phase near the end of the fiscal year 2023.

The annual closure for maintenance of the facilities also falls during this current construction. Specifically, this time will be used to prepare the aquatics center for the upcoming year by swapping out filters and power washing the pool, among other regular preventative practices. Kehler emphasized that this benefits patrons by ensuring the longevity of aquatics equipment and maintaining the space’s cosmetic appeal.

The service center area and aquatics facility will be available again on the 18th of August, just in time for our annual event, Night @ the Rec.

We hope to see you back in the Rec soon; take care, Rec’ing Rams!