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 Cycle 50 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:

“An upbeat 50 minute cycling workout to fun beats that incorporates climbing, sprinting and so much more! Everyone is welcome here no matter what their background in cycling is.”

Jess was the instructor for my class and was very helpful in getting set up to start. I have never been to a cycling class before and did not know what to expect!

After everyone got their bike situated, Jess promptly started the class and turned up the energizing music we would be biking along to.

Honestly, this class gave me a real run for my money! It is high-intensity with frequent intervals of varying fast-paced movements such as climbing and sprinting.

Throughout the class, Jess encouraged us to add resistance to the bike in order to challenge ourselves. Still, I was able to take it at my own pace and never felt pressured to keep going if I felt like I needed a break. At the end, the instructor made sure that we stretched before moving on with our day.

I would highly recommend this class if you are someone who enjoys HIIT or other generally fast-paced workouts. This time I took a 50-minute class. Additionally, there are options for 30, 45, or 60-minute classes as well.

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 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.

Release Tension with Massage Therapy

A classic way to relieve stress! When the services are available, make sure to book yourself an appointment. Customize this to your preferences by choosing an appropriate massage style.

(Massage services are unavailable Summer 2022, and will return in the fall).

Stretch it Out in our Yoga Classes

Zen out with some of the Rec’s yoga classes. For ultimate relaxation, check out gentle yoga, which moves nice and slow. 

Head Over to our Fantastic Fitness Facilities

Find your favorite area and spend some time getting that stress out through fitness. Exercise can be a great way to release some much-needed endorphins.

Take a Trip with the Outdoor Programs

The outdoor program almost always has something fun going on. Whether it’s paddleboarding, hiking, camping, or any other activities, these all offer a great way to get a fresh breath of the crisp Colorado air!

Suit Up and Enjoy all the Aquatics Facility has to Offer

The aquatics facility at the Rec Center offers a myriad of activities like hot tubbing, stepping into the sauna, or floating in the lazy river. The entrance to this area can be accessed through your preferred locker room.

That’s all for now, Rec’ing Rams! Are there any other ways you like to de-stress at the Rec? Let us know in the comments.

See you soon!

 

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.