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Women’s only exercise hours

If you are a female, the gym can be a daunting or uncomfortable place.

Whether for cultural, confidence, or other reasons, it can be the last place you want to go to exercise.

We want you to feel comfortable in a space that is less intimidating, more supportive, and that meets cultural needs.

This week marks the first week of Women’s Only hours at the UC Recreation Centre.

Throughout this semester, Women’s Only hours will be available in specified areas of the Recreation Centre, to trial different times, equipment and the success of these hours to work out the best fit for the future.

Female fitness consultants and instructors will be available during these designated times to provide assistance, exercise ideas and any other questions that you may have. You can also book in for a one-on-one Train Me session with a female fitness consultant.

In addition, the Recreation Centre will offer free Teach Me classes, a small group session with a female fitness consultant designed to grow your knowledge around different methods of training, which can be booked at reception. Female only small group training classes will also be offered throughout term four.

We want you to live your healthiest life – and feel comfortable doing so.

More information on the hours and spaces available as Women’s Only and on Train Me, Teach Me and Small Group Training sessions, visit the Recreation Centre website at http://www.phed.canterbury.ac.nz/ or talk to our friendly reception team on 03-364-2433.

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 and 23.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

Annual Tower Race proves fun again

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The annual Tower Race up the stairs of Puaka-James Hight was held on Tuesday this week. It’s an exciting tradition that students have enjoyed since 2005. The race begins with a 200 metre sprint around the base of the Puaka-James Hight tower, followed by a 53 metre vertical climb up 264 stairs – all 11 levels to the top floor of the tower.

The event was sponsored by The Edge again this year and they encouraged students to do the race in fancy dress with a prize for the best dressed competitor. This year that prize went to Alastair McDowell who completed the race fully equipped with mountain climbing gear including a full tramping pack. However, he didn’t like the sound of his time, two minutes and 25 seconds, so he decided to do the race again without the mountain gear, finishing with a more pleasing one minute and 40 seconds the second time around.

The stars of the race were Patrick Turner and Kathryn McLardy, who set new records for the fastest male and female times, both beating the records they set in 2014. Patrick finished this year’s race in one minute and 25 seconds, beating his previous record by four seconds. Kathryn crossed the line at one minute and 58 seconds, beating her previous record by an impressive seven seconds. That is some seriously fast stair-climbing!

The organiser of this year’s race, Sam Garmonsway from the Rec Centre, said “this year’s event ran a lot better than previous years’ races, which was contributed to in a big part by the amazing volunteer staff from the library and the Rec Centre.”

Losing the Fresher Five with the UC Rec Centre

Keeping on top of your health and fitness while you are studying can be hard! After a long day of study the last thing you can feel like doing is hauling your butt down to the gym. If you are anything like the majority of students then you have probably put on a “fresher five”. This is probably due  to a stable student diet of two minute noodles and alcohol. I know that shifting that extra weight can be tough, when my own weight loss started to plateau I gave a personal training package at the uni Recreation Centre a go. I was paired up with the absolutely amazing Sam who I had six intense training sessions with.  He personalised a gym programme for me that focused on my fitness goals, showed me how to use all of the equipment properly and  taught me how to do the exercises effectively and safely. After my six sessions I have to say that I am feeling a whole lot stronger and healthier. I have never seen myself as the kind of girl who would dare to try and lift a bar but damn it feels good to push my body and watch the weights increase as I become stronger. Sam pushed my body further than I would have if I had ventured into the gym alone, it was tough but well worth it. I now have the tools to continue to train alone and extra personal training sessions are so ridiculously cheap that even my student budget can accommodate the luxury of having a personal trainer! If you are needing some help with motivation, your fitness level is plateauing or you are looking for advice about how to get started on losing that fresher five, then get your butt down to the Rec Centre and get a personal training package!  UC students have the cheapest rates of personal training in Christchurch at their fingers, go forth and use it well!