Hey Rec'ing Rams!

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 went with outdoor programs on their yoga day hike! Although this particular trip will not be happening again this semester, there are many more programs to pick from that are coming up. Make sure to check them out here.

Before we went on the hike, we had a short informational session with our instructor Chloe about the trail we would be going on, the weather, and what we would need for the trip. If we had any questions, we could also ask them during that time. This helped me a lot with preparing to go when I was at home.

Once Saturday rolled around, we all met at the Rec Center, and Chloe ensured we were prepared with all the necessary gear. I did not have gloves or a day pack for our snowy hike, so I was able to borrow them! This helped me a lot, knowing that I would not have to purchase anything to be able to go on the trip.

We left and had a beautiful drive up to our trail. We all got ready to go and set off! Although it was cold outside, I felt prepared for the weather and had a fantastic time on our hike. I met new people and got to enjoy the beautiful snow-capped mountains. We took breaks when needed and were encouraged to drink lots of water. Chloe did a great job making the hike very fun!

After we got off the trail, we picked a spot to do yoga using the mats that the Rec provided. Our yoga instructor, Kalia, started us off with light stretching and followed with sequences of deeper stretches which felt great after all the walking we did.

our group about to start yoga!

Once we finished up, we slowly got up and got ready to head out. We were dropped off at the Rec and returned the borrowed gear to Chloe afterward.

I had never been on a trip with Outdoor Programs before, and I wish I had done it sooner! I had a great time and would definitely recommend it to a friend.

That’s all Rec’ing Rams! If you go on this trip, 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 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.

Looking for some culinary inspiration? Check out these delicious and easy recipes from the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center.

If you’re looking for a healthy, hot meal in a hurry, you’ll love this quick and easy chili!

Start your day with an antioxidant-rich breakfast! Try dark leafy greens in the winter and fresh tomatoes in the summer. The flavors of this recipe can always change depending on what vegetables are in season.

These popsicles make a delicious and healthy sweet treat! Try mixing up the fruit variations like raspberries, peaches or melons; depending on what’s in season.

This recipe is perfect for a healthful snack on-the-go. It is easy to prepare and can provide energy to fuel your busy schedule or your favorite fall activities!

Enjoy both greens and grains in this healthy springtime salad!

Create a burrito bowl as an alternative with brown rice as a base, and leave out the taco shells. Tempeh can be cut into strips instead of crumbled if desired.

Hummus is an easy way to incorporate fiber and protein into a meal or snack.

Start your day off with a convinient and healthy breakfast of overnight oats! This recipe is prepared in the evening for an on-the-go breakfast.

Don’t throw away those ripe bananas! Ise them for this delicious banana muffin recipe.

Enjoy the tastes of a delicious cocktail-without the alcohol! This delicious kombucha-based mocktail is perfect for those trying to reduce their alcohol intake with refreshing floral notes.

That’s all for now, Rec’ing Rams! If you try a recipe, be sure to let us know.

See you soon!

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!