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!

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

It would be an understatement to say that students get busy over the semester. And that is okay!

In fact, I will be the first to admit that sometimes priorities change as time goes on.

Last semester we wanted to document some of the group classes offered at the Rec in an effort to relieve any unwanted gym-timidation. However, things got busy.

Just know, BIG things are coming from this series soon. Please stick with us through the process; we promise it won’t disappoint!

As we get closer to finals season, having a post-study workout session might mean doing it from your room instead of at the Rec. But don’t worry, here are five ways you can do just that!

Video classes

Rec tours

IM leagues

  • Fantasy sports
    • Intramural Sports runs an NCAA Basketball Tournament Pick ‘Em Contest in March and an NCAA Football Bowl Game Pick ‘Em Contest in December. Check back early in those months for information on how to sign-up online!
  • Video game tournaments
    • IM Sports holds Xbox Madden, FIFA, NHL, Tournaments throughout the year. Tournaments are one-day events at the Student Rec Center, usually taking place from 3-11 pm. Check back often for upcoming tournaments!

Outdoor programs

Sports Clubs

  • These student-managed groups offer a great way to participate in the sports you like at a more competitive level than intramurals. Find out more here!

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!