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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!

The Recreation Centre: Worth Every Cent of Your Student Levy

I have to admit that I wasn’t overly impressed when I heard that the student levy price was going to increase this year.  Of course, it would look like chump change compared to my total student loan. Despite this I was very pleased when I discovered that we would now be able to enjoy the use of the university recreation centre as part of the student levy, hoorah!

I had only been into the Recreation Centre a few times the previous year and I had been scared off a little bit by the big boys lifting the weights. They sure knew their business, and here was I, unsure of how to operate the  most simple equipment (swiss balls aren’t just for bouncing up and down on?). This year I returned, determined to make the most of my student levy. My expectations of gyms were high due to the fact that I used to, when I had the luxury of living at home, go to one of the fancy establishments in town. I had even overheard a few people around uni talking about their expensive gym memberships at other places around town, but I thought that it would make sense to make the most of what I have paid for as part of my student levy.

On my first visit I was, and I still am, very impressed with the university Recreation Centre! The staff are absolutely lovely, under their careful and friendly instruction I have finally learnt how to use the equipment properly.

Now I have officially turned into a gym junkie. I love the group fitness classes, as a yoga and zumba enthusiast I can tell you that you do not need to look any further than the university Recreation Centre. The classes vary every session, they are up beat, challenging and give solid results!I am proud to say that I have lost 10kgs in the last six months due to my commitment to the Rec Centre and their commitment to me. Don’t be too intimidated to come in and make the most of your membership. There are students, staff and community members of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels who are there giving it their best, why not become one of them?

And if you really aren’t into exercising, here are some more reasons why the Rec Centre rules:

-The showers are really nice. You may be like me and have five flatmates and one tiny hot water cylinder. Not only can I go and shake my booty with absolutely no shame in a Zumba class, I can then have a hot shower and use the GHD hair straighter. I rest my case.

– Study procrastination. It’s the time of the year when things are starting to pile up on you. It’s OK if you want to roll up in your duvet and never come out, but perhaps a more productive way to procrastinate would be to hang out at the gym? You can’t feel guilty about that! Your physical health is just as important as the health of your grades.

– Great social opportunities await! You will make lots of new buddies in the group classes and small group courses. You can even bring along your besties and have a yarn whilst taking a stroll on the tread mill.

Its not everyday that you are given something like a gym membership that gives you access to knowledgeable staff, high end equipment and exciting group classes.

Give it a go!