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Get in the Zone!

We like to give you what you want at the UC RecCentre, which is why we introduced specialised Zones, Zone Classes and Zone concession cards this year – finding you more ways to burn some energy or restore it. Read on to find out what these all are, how they can help you, and how to get a fabulous discount on our Zone Concession Card.

Why the Zone?
Boutique gyms and classes are ‘a thing’ and we’re giving you a taste of that experience, but on a student budget! Grab a single class token for $3 at reception, or commit to 10 classes for $27. And for the first two weeks of term, you can get 10 classes for just $20!

The Zen Zone is a beautiful and calming space where you can go to, well, just BE. There are beanbags, bolsters, blocks, blankets and straps that you can use in all manner of ways to lengthen, recover and restore the body via Yin or Restorative Yoga. Not sure what to do? Come along to a Yoga Restore class! It may not be as toasty as some heated yoga studios, but it does have everything you need. Max of 12 people, so lots of personal attention to get it just right.

The Fun Zone is a fun space for functional training with battle ropes, tyre flips, sledgehammers on the other tyre, ski machine, assault bike….time will fly! We offer Fit45 in the Fun Zone – think boutique studios like Orange Theory, F45, 9 Round…except without the price tag, fancy tv screens or the masses! 45mins, max 14 people, no running, instructor teaching and motivating you, great beats…what more do you need?

The Spin Zone is a darkened room, complete with black lights, disco lights and loud pumping music. Our instructors will expertly guide you through hills and flats, and have you amped to ride a bike! Best part? No rain or wind, just great music. We offer 30, 45 and 50min options, so just check the GF timetable.

Spin class at the UC RecCentre

Now, to the important bit…how to get in to a Spin, Fit45 or Yoga Restore? Simply head to reception, up to 40mins prior to class start time, and grab your token. You can either buy as you go at $3, or get a 10 class concession card for $27. We’ll even loan you a towel to wipe down all that sweat you’ll be dripping. Your concession card is loaded onto your RecCentre account, so you can check the balance online any time you like.

Zone Concession Special

For the first two weeks of term, we have a super deal, where you can buy a concession card for just $20, with a limit of two per person.   Yup, from Monday 29th April through to Sunday 12th May, every single one of you can get your hands on up to two concession cards for just $20 each. Sorted!

Exam hack – exercise boosts your memory and cognition

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We all know the benefits of exercise for our physical health, and we are coming round to the mental health benefits being common knowledge, how many of you are aware that exercise helps your memory and thinking skills?

Exercise helps memory and thinking through both direct and indirect means.  Directly, it has the ability to reduce inflammation and insulin resistance, and stimulate chemicals in the brain that affect the health of the brain cells. Indirectly, a good sweat sesh improves your mood and sleep, and reduces stress and anxiety – all of which can contribute to cognitive impairment (ie your ability to think clearly).  

So what kind of exercise is useful for boosting your brain power?  Well, much of the evidence points towards cardio, so getting your heart rate up for around 30mins, doing any kind of activity (even hard core procrasti-cleaning) will help fire up the brain. Recent research also suggests alternative exercise (like yoga) can also have a positive effect on cognition.  And for those who like to lift? Good news…research in 2012 showed that both aerobic and strength exercises improved executive function (higher level thinking – the stuff you do when prepping for exams).   

Ultimately, a combination of strength, cardio and yoga is likely to bring you the best rewards.  However, with time perhaps not on your side, perhaps pick activities that you enjoy the most, and re-frame them as a reward for good study efforts. You can break it up into little chunks throughout the day or hit the gym or pavement for one solid effort. You could go food foraging at UC, using this handy Edible Campus Map, getting in some fresh air, some exercise and bonus, some free food.  We also love the UC Sustainability Office’s suggestion to listen to some inspiring music or pod casts on your walk, or simply as your thinking space. We have lots of lovely walks around campus, including Okeover Stream and Ilam Gardens.  

Don’t forget, if you need some free advice, just hit up one of our Fitness Consultants on the gym floor, they’re only too happy to share their knowledge with you. Or, if you’re more of a ‘schedule it in’ kinda person, then book in for a free 15min consultation for a chat that you can lock into your diary (and view on your Membership portal) or StartMe

Good luck with your exams!

UC RecCentre

Getting your free UC RecCentre gym membership for 2018

Kia ora!  The UC RecCentre would love to welcome you (back) to UC for 2018, and hope that you get your gym membership sorted and get over here to try out our most excellent classes and equipment.

THINGS HAVE CHANGED, but only a little…

Don’t panic, your membership is still free, but we’re in the process of upgrading our software, which means the process to activate your free membership has changed.  We’ve outlined this step-by-step to make it easy for you to sign up and use the gym to stay healthy and active.  The process is the same for ALL students, whether it’s your first year or your seventh!

  1. Finish your enrolment and obtain your student ID card
  2. New students – get your IT log on and change your password etc
  3. From 1 February head to our website reccentre.canterbury.ac.nz. Click on the big red ‘Activate here!’  button
  4. Use your IT log in and password and fill in the online form to register
  5. On your first visit to the RecCentre, bring your student ID card to our reception and one of our team will physically activate your card.
  6. Enjoy unlimited access to the RecCentre until 1 March 2019 (for full year students) or until 15 July (for Semester 1 only students).

We have iPads at our reception for you to easily sign up on the spot, or you can save time and do it from your own device at your leisure.

Remember, your student ID card is your key! We can’t issue memberships without it, as you must be fully enrolled, having paid your student levy (which funds the free membership).  

Hot tip:  You must bring your card with you for every visit, and scan to gain entry.  If you forget your card, we’ll give you two chances per semester where we will look you up on the system.  On the third time, we will charge you $11 for entry, and this will be fully refunded when you come on your next visit (within the week) and show us your card.

See you soon!
UC RecCentre Team