Category Archives: Health and Fitness

Can the students out-pedal the masters?

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is officially underway!

Students: now is your time to hop on board with the Aotearoa Bike Challenge and help UC pedal our way to victory!

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a free, fun competition to see which organisation can get the most people to ride a bike during the month of February. Teams earn points for kms travelled, trips taken and for recruiting new riders.

UC Staff are already on the bandwagon, holding top spot in their size category so far… but the question is…. CAN THE STUDENTS OUTDO THE MASTERS? Join the UC Student Team here and let’s see who the ‘wheel’ champions are…

We’d love to see as many of you on your bikes as possible to kick of the New Year.  So what better way to get some motivation than a fun challenge? Plus, sweet prizes (like an e-bike and store vouchers) are fully up for grabs!

Remember, UC offers heaps of great services for cyclists, including the popular Dr Bike weekly fix-it clinic, our annual Bike Breakfast, new covered and uncovered bike stands, repair stations and more. For all the cycle services, events and facilities on campus, see UC Sustainability’s webpage.

See the Aotearoa Bike Challenge webpage for more information, and to register with the UC Student Team. Kua takoto te mānuka – The challenge has been set! Let’s go UC!

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Got a question or want to know more? Email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz

Summer Small Group Training Courses – Registrations now open!

Keen to get into the best health of your life?  Not sure where to start?  Any exercise is good for your health, but here’s why SGT might be a good fit for you.

Why SGT? 

  • Accountability – you commit for four weeks with your hard earned cash, you’re more likely to turn up.  The group is small, so they’ll notice if you’re missing !
  • Fun – it’s way more fun to workout in a group, the time will fly by.  And because it’s the same group of people each time, you may even make a few new friends and acquaintances
  • Value – personal training can be expensive, SGT is not!  Get a top notch supervised workout at a fraction of the price.   You don’t need to plan, just turn up and be willing to do the work.

What courses are available?

Boxing A boxing based fitness class to get your heart rate up and condition your muscles to be strong, fit and healthy.

Options:  Mondays, 6.10pm with Gary or Wednesdays 6.10pm with Jay.
Cost:  $30 Members, $48 Non-Members

Boxing

Bootcamp – No limits, get pushed to your edge and find your inner warrior!     Two days a week, be motivated by Gary and then you only have to motivate yourself for at least one more workout per week for good health!  Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6.30am.
Cost:  $44 Members / $74 non-members

Bootcamp

Ballet – a ballet based fitness class where you’ll prepare the body for dance and learn real ballet steps.   Great for beginners and for those who’ve danced before!  Taught by our ballet teacher Zoe.
Cost:  $40  Members/ $64 Non-members

Barre

How to register

Simply head to the RecCentre and sign up at the desk.  We only take registrations with payment, so get in quick, because these fill up fast!   All courses are 4 weeks, commencing the week beginning 18 November, 2019.

For more information, visit our website or contact danielle.mather@canterbury.ac.nz 

Renewing your RecCentre membership

Are you hanging around Christchurch for summer? Did you know that your student membership at the RecCentre, in most cases, finishes on 1 March, 2020?   That means you can keep exercising at the RecCentre over the summer break.  It’s also fairly quiet at the gym during the summer months…how convenient!

Check your RecCentre account online for your expiry date

Head to our website, and  on the  left hand nav at the very top, you’ll find a link to ‘Account login’, or you can use this link. If you click through here, you’ll be able to login to your RecCentre account and check your personal expiry date, any bookings you’ve made with us and how many zone classes you’ve got left to use!

I’m studying again in 2020, when do I renew?

Once you’ve paid your 2020 student levy, you can sign up again from 1 February 2020.   The process is now automated, so if you haven’t paid your levy, your membership won’t be processed.     You can renew your membership through the same reccentre account login 

I’m not studying at UC in 2020, can I join anyway?

You sure can!   We offer a range of rates to non-students, so check out our website for the options and see which category you fit into.  We offer discounts for alumni (graduates), other students and UC Staff.   You’ll need to purchase this at our counter though, as we don’t have online memberships for other membership types yet.

If you’re still a little confused, just stop by our reception and speak to one of our Customer Experience Representatives.  They’ll be able to talk you through how to keep your routine going without interruption and queues.

Summer Opening and Closing Days

We close for 2 weeks over the Christmas with the rest of the University.  Our last workout day is Sunday 22 December, closing at 9pm.   We reopen on Monday 6 January, 2020 at 6am.