Lexi Broz has been a part of the fitness world for most of her life, playing volleyball and basketball all through her primary education. When she came to CSU, she wanted to continue being healthy and fit but was not sure how to do so without the motivation of a sport. That’s when she discovered the Rec’s group fitness classes. Starting off as a participant, she loved the group setting. she found that she could become a group fitness instructor and jumped at the chance! Since her sophomore year, Lexi has been leading classes with the same excitement and fervor that she had when she was a class participant. 

Her passion for fun fitness is what drives her, and since the pandemic that hasn’t changed.

“I think I’ve actually become a little bit more involved, and I wanted to find ways to put classes out there so that people could work out when they were at home”

That being said, the transition was “initially kind of shocking”, she says. With strictly virtual classes on Instagram live and YouTube, she found it a bit hard to stay motivated without being surrounded by others. But now that we are back on campus and able to host outdoor group fitness classes, she is loving it. 

 

Group fitness still comes with its challenges, though. We are in the middle of a pandemic, after all. When it comes to the virtual side of things, “Of course [it] has all the technical difficulties” Lexi said. Between Instagram lives occasionally crashing and YouTubes strict music regulations. Being outside is great, but sometimes weather prevents classes from taking place, or last-minute location changes throw some people off. The bumpy ground isn’t ideal for kickboxing, one of the classes Lexi teaches. “It can create different motivation challenges for teachers and participants”. Other than that, she says it hasn’t been too difficult to make things work. The fresh air and open spaces make it a fun and exciting new experience. Life gave Lexi some weird lemons, but she is still out here making lemonade. 

 

Some of the most successful changes to group fitness has been outdoor cycling classes. “That was one option that we didn’t really have with all the online stuff,” she says. Not everyone has a spin bike, let alone the same exact one as the Rec. But with the beautiful Colorado weather, the class is packed! “Giving people that option again I think has been really successful”. 

Overall, Lexi would say that group fitness during the pandemic creates a real sense of accomplishment. The lack of motivation so many have felt during the pandemic melts away after going to a fitness class. And for Lexi, she’s excited to be around people again, seeing both new and returning faces.

Interested in group fitness?

 Check out their site here, and make sure to stay updated with the weekly schedules!

With the semester now in full swing, school has taken over our brains. From keeping track of due dates to making sure you are in the right Zoom class, it’s all anyone can think about. That being said, it’s important to remember to take care of the organ that makes it all happen: your brain. September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center has some food for thought when it comes to preventing this disease.

About Alzheimer's

First, let’s talk about what Alzheimer’s Disease is. Alzheimer’s affects the brain and causes inflammation, plaque build-up, and increased cell death. The outward expression of AD can present itself in many ways, including changes in thinking, memory, and motor abilities, as well as in behavior and personality.

Food Fight!

Luckily, there are ways you can lower your chances of developing Alzheimer’s through your diet! The KRNC has a whole blog dedicated to the “MIND” diet. The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet has been shown to slow down the process of cognitive decline by including foods that are known to be protective against this disease. The diet also warns against foods to limit and avoid, although dietitians say the MIND diet should be used as a guide to encourage the consumption of brain-boosting food groups. 

 

Here are the KRNC’s tips for MINDful eating:

  1. Be bold with berries (2 or more servings per week)
  2. Load up on leafy green vegetables (at least 1 serving per day)
  3. Focus on healthy fats (1 or more servings of seafood per week)
  4. Build your plate around grains and beans (3 or more servings of whole grains per day, 4 or more servings of beans per week)
  5. Limit meats and sweets

Recipe of the Month

Looking for new recipes? The KRNC has you covered with their recipes of the month! Check out this month’s savory salmon patties.

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.   

As we transition many aspects of our lives to online platforms, we want to make sure your wellness journey can continue virtually!  Campus Rec has been working hard to ensure you have the resources to stay active and engaged from home. We are constantly updating our social media, Youtube channel and website to offer you guided workouts, mindfulness exercises and at-home fitness content throughout the week from our personal trainers and staff. We are excited to be launching group fitness classes on Instagram Live which will feature guided workout sessions of your favorite low and high-intensity classes! You can also find archives of digital fitness content here. Our commitment to you and the CSU community remains the same – bringing you opportunities to continue your fitness journey and reach your wellness goals.

A silver lining is that at-home fitness can often be done equipment-free, or even using household items! We want to help you along the way to make this adjustment in whatever ways are most comfortable for you. Remember that the internet is a powerful tool in the world of fitness – with a little searching, there are tons of free workout videos that can be utilized during this time. Down dog is currently free or students and other online workout programs are offering discounts and extended free trials. Below is a  summary of our online fitness content in hopes of inspiring you to continue your fitness journey with Campus Recreation from home.

Fitness 

We are providing at-home fitness content throughout the week on Youtube and social media channels. Tune in for…

  • Massage Monday: Start your week off tension-free with Massage Mondays over on our YouTube channel. We are featuring guided massage exercises hosted by our certified massage therapists.
  • Trainer Tuesday: Head over to our YouTube channel on Tuesdays for an awesome workout tailored to at-home fitness instructed by a Campus Rec personal trainer. Try this upper body workout with trainer Molly C:
  • Workout Wednesday: Don’t miss our Insta story and tweets every Wednesday for a full workout including warm-up, conditioning, and modifications.
  • Trainer Tip Thursday: Every Thursday we’ll be bringing you expert tips from trainers on Instagram and Facebook.
  • Fitnesss Friday: We’ll be ending the week with more fitness content from out trainers across social media. Stay tuned for our Knot-of-the-Week to learn different climbing knots from home!
  • Through May 8th, we’re offering virtual group fitness classes via Instagram Live. Connect with your favorite group fitness classes with a live-streamed virtual workout from our fitness instructors. Find the schedule below and visit here for more information.

Intramural

  • Trickshot or Talent submission: IM Sports will be hosting trick shot and talent conets during the month of April. One trick shot and one talent winner will be selected for each season listed below. Click here to submit your video and here for full contest rules.
  • At 6PM MST, join Recwithoutborders on Twitch to participate in a fun trivia competitions and win swag from across the country!
  • Click Here to Join ECAC Community Game Nights (Overwatch, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros, Fortnite) . View full Community Game Night instructions here – If you win a tournament, you’ll win the highly coveted CSU IM Champ shirt!
  • Join here: CSU IM Sports NBA2K, MADDEN, and FIFA Discord Channels

Outdoor Program

  • There’s no harm in early preparation for future OP trips or just learning something new about the outdoors! Click below to view these informative outdoor clinic presentations about avalanche safety, beacon rescue and hiking your first 14er!

Avalanche Awareness

Avalanche Beacon Rescue

Hike Your First 14er

  • Watch this video to learn how to access accurate and reliable weather forecasts for hiking, snowshoeing, etc.
  • Click here for a variety of online climbing resources for our community, as well as a schedule of online education opportunities provided by our staff.
  • Stay engaged with the outdoors with these free resources to view at home or on mobile.