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!

This is how we Rec!

Whether you’ve declared it on social media or not, this time of year never fails to bring a surge of “new year, new me” talk, especially with the blank slate of a new decade. It might have occurred to you in a late November pumpkin pie haze that once the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1 you’re going to eat less sugar, or maybe you made a list of fitness goals at the dawn of new year’s day.  The most common new year’s resolutions are usually something along with the lines of eating cleaner and exercising more. We’ve all been there. After the resolutions have been set, it’s all too common that the influx of gym memberships and crowded weight rooms dissolve before they see the light of February.

Making a declarative resolution such as “I’m going to get fit this year” is at the very least intimidating, and sadly 92% of you might be setting yourself up for failure according to a study by the University of Scranton.  According to studies, over half of us ditch our resolution before the end of the first month, and then it’s a done deal (until next year comes around). If you have the desire to improve your health and wellness with the dawn of the decade: congratulations, you’ve acknowledged an area of growth for yourself and you’re one step closer to achieving it. However, it’s important to incorporate intentionality to attain the results you’re looking for instead of expecting a major lifestyle change when the clock strikes midnight. You are capable of conquering your goal no matter how daunting it may seem!

The first thing you should do is address the resolution-making process. Making a resolution implies there’s something you need to resolve and make a firm decision to do so, which could be creating a recipe for failure. The intention is pure, but the execution needs some work. Instead of using this language, focus on making realistic and trackable goals instead. If you’re committed to transforming into the healthier, or a more fit version of yourself in the new year, invest the time and energy into planning specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely goals. If your business 100 lecture is a bit fuzzy, SMART goals outline five criteria that can break down any goal to make it easier to accomplish. Think baby steps! The method has been around for decades and is a reliable way to approach the complex goal-setting process, especially amid the new year’s resolutions craze. If you put in the work to turning your fitness resolutions into SMART goals, you can be sure to not fall into the pattern that many of us are guilty of.

Here’s the breakdown:

There are endless possibilities for self-improvement in the 2020s. As cliche as it may be, don’t forget to celebrate the small successes. If you’re planning on something more long term, don’t be discouraged if you have to take a step back now and then to evaluate your steps of action if they aren’t working out. Embrace the process of making steps forward and an occasional step back. Even if you prefer to hit the gym solo, it can be helpful to have a friend to share your progress with and have another person to hold you accountable and celebrate your wins. Even a small goal can be applied to this method and will give you the tools to make more long term goals that help create healthy habits for the future. With the help of SMART goals, you’ll be ditching the “new year, new me” mindset and working toward your health and fitness goals in the smartest fashion.

Don’t sweat it, just sweat!

Article by Bailey McCaffrey

College is the best time to get in the habit of being heathy and active. College campuses provide numerous easy-to-access programs at a more affordable cost than the normal gym membership. Many of these involvement opportunities include learning how to be successful in your own personal fitness journey.

Colorado State Campus Recreation includes fitness classes, personal training sessions, the Outdoor Program, Climbing Wall, Aquatic Center, swim lessons, and a variety of sports to join. Everyone at all abilities is welcome to participate in any of these activities. With endless possibilities to get involved and learn new skills, all that’s left up to you is to find your motivation to come and find what fits you.

How do I get motivated?

Motivation looks different for everyone which is why it’s important to find what gets you up and moving.

The desire to get fit might be up to a person’s intrinsic or extrinsic motivation; it is totally individual. Intrinsic motivation is simple in theory. It’s the enjoyment of the physical act of working out and pushing your body. The love of adrenaline you might get from going on a long run, the feeling of your muscles lifting large amounts of weight, even the feeling of sweat running into your eyes and the sound of pump up music in your ears. If you work out for this reason, you are intrinsically motivated. It can be hard to find intrinsic motivation when you first get started, but keep with it and you might notice that you find it along the way.

If your motivation comes from the desire to get fit or imagining a life where you are more active, you’re extrinsically motivated. Having the desire to lift more, become a better athlete, and physically looking more fit are all included in this. People who are motivated in this way often look to friends and outside support systems for continuous encouragement to find their success. Programs like personal training and fitness classes, outdoor trips and climbing wall classes all help members find a community that will provide fun and lasting encouragement.

What motivates our members?

5 Campus Recreation Members were asked where their motivation comes from to which they responded a variety of inspiring answers.

“My friends are usually the main source of my motivation, I only come when they drag me to play basketball” – Carson, third year

“I’m motivated by always trying to better myself, it’s such an accomplishment to do more than I did yesterday.” -Ronnie, first year

“I come to the Rec center because I feel better about myself when I leave and it puts me in a good mood the remainder of the day.” -Kayla, First year

“I get motivated to work out because I want my family to know it’s possible to stay active and healthy.” -Lori, Professor

“I always come to work out for myself, while I’m at the Rec I get motivated by all the people around me trying to better their life and pushing themselves to the limit.” -Erin, fourth year

If you haven’t figured out where your own motivation comes from, the best place to to start is at Campus Recreation. The possibilities are endless for finding the best fit for you.

No matter where your motivation comes from, Campus Recreation is here to support you along your fitness journey.

We have added a new piece of equipment on the first floor fitness area for a limited time… The Krank Cycle! The Krank Cycle is located at the end of the main ramp and offers:

  • Independent crank arms for greater variety of movement to keep users engaged
  • Narrow crank axis allowing for higher RPMs, increasing speed and endurance
  • Ergonomically designed saddle allowing easy transition between seated and standing exercise positions
  • Crank and flywheel assembly rotation to accommodate forward and reverse movements
  • Adjustable crank arm height encouraging greater range of muscle activation
  • Wheelchair accessibility 

Not sure how to use the Krank Cycle? Check out the how-to video:



Let us know your thoughts about the equipment in the comments sections below.