Welcome back Rams, we are so excited to have you back! Though this semester may look a little different than what we are used to, Campus Rec is committed to providing you a healthy, fun environment to RECreate in! That said, here’s how the Rec is currently operating:

New Normal

At CSU, Rams take care of Rams, and the Rec is no exception. This semester we are requiring all patrons to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose. Check-in is now touch-less, so remember to bring your RamCard to swipe in! We have sanitizing stations placed throughout the Rec and ask that you continue to wipe down equipment before and after use. We also have rearranged our equipment to accommodate social distancing guidelines and expect patrons to respect the 6-feet of distance. We have also lowered the total building capacity to 175 people (including Campus Rec staff). To see capacities for specific areas and a live building count check here.

Access

Our doors are once again open, so the Rec is also requiring that you complete the daily symptom checker before entering the building. Our hours can be found here, and for any unexpected closures check out our socials, @csurec on Twitter and Instagram, as well as @csucampusrec on Facebook. Due to the current building capacity limits, The Rec is only open to students. Meaning there are no faculty/staff, spouse/partner, alumni, affiliate memberships, guests, day-passes, day memberships, or tours. Part-time students can still purchase a membership using a credit card or RamCard. Click here or more information on memberships.

Locker Rooms

We want you all to stay healthy and feel comfortable working out at The Rec. Both Men’s, Women’s locker rooms as well as the All Gender changing rooms are available for changing and restroom use only (showers are unavailable). The lockers within the locker rooms aren’t up for grabs, but good news: the day-use lockers located outside of the locker rooms are available for use.

Program Areas

Each program is running a bit differently these days. Fitness classes will be taught outside the Rec and in the MAC gym when necessary. Remember to register online before attending your class! In-person sports clubs will be taking a backseat this semester due to the pandemic. Find out more about sports clubs here. But hold your horses, or should I say Rams, because select intramurals are still happening! Check out their website for more information. The aquatic center is closed for the foreseeable future, however  CPR classes are still available.

Campus Rec has got your back during these weird times. We hope you can still find healthy ways to enjoy being active at The Rec. Together we can make it through these unique times. Welcome back and have a great semester!

Colorado State University is ideally located to access a diverse and wide array of public lands and outdoor recreation opportunities.  A lot of great information exists out there – but sometimes you can’t beat the value of a solid guide book.  Here are five of our favorite local outdoor guide books: 

  

Hikes Around Fort Collins: A Trail Guide to Urban Hikes, Poudre Canyon, North Park, and Loveland  

by Melodie S. Edwards 

Link to book on Amazon 

Melodie Edwards book remains one of the best local hiking guides and is especially nice to get a sense of all the “greatest hits” trails of Northern Colorado.  This is a good book to have to explore all of NoCo’s hiking potential that is not in Rocky Mountain National Park – areas like Horsetooth Reservoir and the Poudre Canyon. 

  

Poudre Canyon Rock Climbing Guide 3rd Edition 

by Bennett Scott 

Link to book at Fixed Pin Publishing 

The Poudre Canyon’s rock climbing areas are cleanly and neatly detailed in this full-color guidebook by longtime local route developer Bennett Scott.  This is a must have book for anyone wanting to adventure with a rope in the canyon – from bouldering, sport climbing, and trad climbing. 

 Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Hiking Guide by Lisa Foster 

Link to book on Amazon 

Lisa Foster’s extensive detailing of Rocky Mountain National Park’s hiking trails is a must have for anyone seriously interested in hiking in the Park.  Beginner hikes to mountaineering adventures – this book covers the vast amount of mountains, lakes, and streams.  Perfect for day hikers, backpackers, sight-seers, and more. 

 

Rocky Mountain National Park: A Comprehensive Guide to Scrambles, Rock Routes, and Ice/Mixed Climbs on the High Peaks  

by Richard Rossiter 

Link to book at Fixed Pin Publishing 

The newest, full-color version of the climbing guidebook for Rocky Mountain National Park.  This guidebook covers the technical climbing that can be found in the Park.  Most of the routes covered in this guidebook require specialized training, knowledge, and experience. 

  

Arapaho Names & Trails: A Report of a 1914 Pack Trip by Oliver Toll 

Link to book on RM Conservancy 

A classic account of the 1914 Arapaho horse-packing expedition through what would become Rocky Mountain National Park.  The author travels with two elder Arapaho tribe members documenting native names for the peaks, valleys, and rivers, as well as stories, legends, customs, and more.  A must read for anyone seriously interested in the history of our local National Park.   

Officiating intramural league games is Campus Rec employee Tyler Peabody’s passion. Tyler’s third semester as an Intramural Sports Official was highlighted the first weekend of 2020 when he earned the opportunity to officiate the Regional Flag Football Tournament held at CSU in October. A selection of top student officials from around the country were given this opportunity to officiate the final rounds of tournaments through NIRSA, including the championship game. The opportunity is commendableproving the dedication and commitment Tyler shows to the position on and off the field. 

Officials for the NIRSA Region V Flag Football tournament in October.

Upon arrival at the tournament at Round Rock, the group completed a number of training sessions reviewing game footage and case plays. This training prepared Tyler for a long weekend of officiating 10 games on Friday and Saturday and the final championship game on Sunday.

Thrown into a whirlwind of the best teams and officials in one place, the environment was certainly higher stakes than local games. Many of the teams in final rounds have coaches and a more rigorous practicing schedule, which is more intense than most intramural teams. Given the magnitude of regional tournaments, officials are understandably held to a higher standard as well.

The increased competitiveness of the games wasn’t a source of nerves for Tyler, even during moments of uncertainty. “It’s easier to officiate because the level of play is higher, so the athletes are usually better,” said Peabody. “When there is a penalty, it’s a lot easier to see than a typical game at the Rec.”

“My favorite part is the relationships I’ve made with other players and officials. You start to get to know them well and build mutual respect for each other.”

Though officials’ job is to keep a hawkeye on the game at all times, they are simultaneously assessed in their own positioning and communication. Officials learn that good practice takes much more than remaining on the marginsstaying actively engaged with the players and communicating with them between plays is crucial. As Tyler has learned, there is an emphasis on having a strong on-field presence and maintaining two-way communication between both parties. Players having a sense of trust and respect for Tyler’s calls and the reasoning behind them, were essential to his success while officiating.

“I learned that I am never as good, or bad, as I think I am,” he reflects. “There were games where I thought I absolutely killed it and I got the harshest criticism from the clinicians. Other games I thought I did so poorly, and they thought it was the best game I officiated all day. I learned to just stay level headed and never get too down or be too cocky.”

Tyler is a mathematics major with a concentration in education, looking forward to graduating early in Fall 2020. A correlation, he believes, exists between math and officiating which allows him to seamlessly transfer certain skill-sets on and off the field. Many of the logical and problem-solving skills are present in solving equations and analyzing plays during games.

 “In math, you need to take what you know and apply it in a logical fashion to the problem you are working on. In officiating, you need to understand rules, definitions, and case plays from the rulebook. Then you need to apply all of these ideas while you’re on the field.”

Tyler credits his position at Campus Rec to helping him build a network of connections with players and other officials on campus. “My favorite part is the relationships I’ve made with other players and officials. You start to get to know them well and build mutual respect for each other.”

Looking ahead, Tyler hopes to continue officiating flag football, basketball, and youth tackle. He is candid about his advice for officials who are just starting out: “Don’t be afraid to mess up and trust your instincts. You want to make the games fun and keep them under control, so don’t second guess yourself!”

This week, take a moment to reward yourself for the miles you’ve traveled or peaks you’ve summited. February is Body Positivity Month — a time to celebrate all the amazing things your body can help you do. Body positivity is more than outward appearance, it’s about respecting our bodies as our home, even if we have fitness goals. It’s a time to practice being mindful of our body’s incredible capabilities, which looks different for everyone. Part of celebrating body positivity is accepting these accomplishments while also being patient and welcoming bumps along the road.

No matter your relationship with your body, the topic of body positivity can be anxiety-provoking in many ways, especially if you feel dissatisfied with your body image. Remember that the mindset of loving and accepting your body is more than hashtags on Instagram or progress pictures, which can bring very real feelings of self-doubt from comparison. It can be a tedious process to see past the small, critical things about our bodies that make us squirm. The journey to self-love is not linear – and it’s okay to look in a mirror and see a beautiful work in progress.

a list of body positive affirmations

Finding affirmations that make you feel confident and assured is one awesome way to practice body positivity. Once you find some that resonate with you, write them in places you see often such as a note on your bulletin board, inside your planner, or even your phone screen. Allow positive affirmations to work their magic by surrounding you and your space with good energy.

No matter your to-do list for the day, a hearty breakfast is a key to staying energized and productive in the AM. We decided to create two quick sweet & savory recipes to try this summer and film the process.

REC RECIPE #1: GREEN & GOLD EGG CUPS

We know time is often a barrier to cooking breakfast, especially as a student. Egg whites are a yummy low cholesterol / high protein option that can be used as a delicious base to to be bake with veggies or other ingrediants. These green & gold favorites are going to be your new meal prep go-to for the week.

YOU WILL NEED: (makes 10-12)

  • standard muffin tin
  • 1/2 quart egg whites
  • 1-2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 yellow pepper chopped (or other veggies)
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt + pepper + siracha

Follow the recipe in 5 easy steps!

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees and butter each cup in the muffin tin.

Buttering the pan

Step 2: Chop broccoli and yellow pepper into small bits to your liking. You will be adding these in your egg cups to bake.

Veggies ready to be chopped on a cutting board.

Step 3: Pour the egg white into each tin (about 3 quarters full) and add salt & pepper to taste.

Pouring egg white into tins

Step 4: Add broccoli, yellow pepper, or other chopped veggies to the cups. Then, sprinkle in some mozzarella cheese (or a handful).

Adding veggies to cups

Step 5: Place tin in oven for 10-12 minutes to bake.

Finished egg cups

Remove from oven and enjoy! For some added heat, drizzle on some sriracha.

Finished picture of egg cups.

…or watch the entire video:

REC RECIPE #2: CHEAT DAY FRENCH TOAST STICKS

Eating a balanced diet is an important element of fitness, but cheat days are here to make life a little sweeter. Our second Rec Recipe is a twist on classic french toast but in bite-sized portions. We sizzled these to perfection with brown sugar and dipped in strawberry syrup.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • mixing bowl
  • 5 slices brioche bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter

Follow the recipe in 6 easy steps!

Step 1: Cut 5 slices brioche bread into thirds.

Picture of brioche bread cut into sticks.

Step 2: Crack 3 eggs into mixing bowl.

Eggs

Step 3: Add 1/4 cup milk and 1 tbsp vanilla extract into mixture.

Milk pouring into bowl

Step 4: Coat each stick in mixture. Heat pan to med. temp.

Prepping bread sticks

Step 5: Add coated sticks to medium heated pan over 1 tbsp butter. Cook until golden brown and flip.

Bread sticks in pan

Step 6: Mix brown and white sugar and coat each stick. Drizzle syrup and enjoy.

Finished bread sticks