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Small Group Training, the extra push you need?

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

Did Term One come and go in a blur, and then you realised you’d only been to the gym twice?   Do you need some extra motivation and accountability, but can’t afford to pay for personal training?  Here’s where Small Group Training (SGT) can help.  Read to the bottom and find out how you can get a $10 discount on your next SGT enrolment!

Why do small group training?  Hear what two of our students have to say!

“SGT courses are a great way of adding something new into your workout routine, and I definitely find that working out in a group pushes me further than solo workouts do.  The best part is seeing how much progress you’ve made by the end of the course”

Nina, 5th Year Biochemistry student (MSc)

“The best thing about SGT is coming home at 7.30am to your flatmates waking up knowing that you have finished your workout for the day”

Kiri, 3rd Year in Natural Resource Engineering

How does it work?

  • You’ll turn up for your sessions each week with the same group of people. Often there’ll be elements of partner work or team games, so your group needs you to turn up!
  • Term 2 courses run for 5 weeks (they’re normally 6 weeks).
  • Sessions are held in various locations – the RecCentre, Kirkwood Village and outdoors.

How do I sign up and how much does it cost?

  • Browse our Small Group Training webpages and check out the options available
  • You can sign up at reception or over the phone   – remember, you pay for all sessions up front, no refunds if you don’t turn up!
  • We encourage you to look around and find the best location, activity and price to suit your budget (although we can say that we do keep our prices below market rate!)
  • Need a little extra incentive? The first 10 people to email kat.henderson@canterbury.ac.nz  asking for a $10 discount voucher will get one. Simple. It will be valid for use, one time only, in 2017!

Yours in health & fitness,
UC RecCentre Team

 

Three ways to exercise for cheap or free

(Only when you can’t go to the RecCentre)

Maybe you don’t like the gym, or the gym is closed (like the RecCentre is closed this weekend for a couple of days), or you are away on holiday.  Here are some cheap and free ways to keep exercising , staying on track for your health and wellness goals.

  1. Seek out free trial passes  or classes

Many gyms offer a free trial pass, either for a day or a week in most cases.  Simply do a google search for free gym trials Christchurch, and see what comes up.  In our quick search we found Les Mills (1 day), Snap Fitness (3 days), Jetts (5 days), Anytime Fitness (7 days) and  F45 (14 days).   If you have a friend who has a CityFitness  Black membership , you can tag along on their free guest access benefit.    Yoga studios, such as Apollo, Flow and Grassroots also offer discounted 2 week trials for first timers (usually in the region of $25-30 for 2 weeks – keep in mind a single class is usually ~$18).

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Do remember that these gyms have full sales teams, so do expect to be added to their database and be called for years to come!   Also, don’t forget that the RecCentre closes for a full 2 weeks at Christmas every year, so you may want to keep the 2 week pass to F45 until later in the year!

  1. Experience the great outdoors

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There are some excellent walking tracks and stairs around Canterbury, so get out amongst it!

Check out the Christchurch & Canterbury Website for inspiration!     The sunlight is good for your bones and overall wellness, boosting the happy hormones.

  1. Do a home workout

There are some great online sites and apps that can guide you through safe exercise routines.  Look for accredited/qualified practitioners.  Some that we recommend are:

Yogaholics – 14 day free trial, and then it’s AUD$12.95 per month for unlimited access.  There are a range of yoga styles, teachers and durations to choose from.   It’s relatively new, so not as many options, but enough to see you through!

Yogaglo – 15 day free trial,  and then it’s $18USD per month.  It is more expensive, but you do get over 3500 classes to choose from, and a bigger range of teachers.

Crunch Live – 10 day free trial, and then $9.99USD per month.  85+ workouts at different levels and durations.  Choose from cardio kickbox, BAT style, yoga and dance style classes.

Don’t forget, the RecCentre has reduced hours over the Easter break.  You can find these on our website www.reccentre.canterbury.ac.nz  or on our Facebook Page.

Happy holidays!
Kat

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Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15

Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

RecCentre Group Fitness Challenge

Are you ready for this year’s Group Fitness Challenge, sponsored by Bargain Box?  Registrations are open now, and you can start collecting stamps from Saturday 1st April!

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

Not sure what it is?  Head to our website and read up on the details.  In short, you sign up to complete 100 Group Fitness classes by Sunday 15th October, 2017.    It helps you stay on track to attend 3-4 classes per week, which will help you stay healthy and well through the year.   Keep track of your attendance by collecting a stamp in your class diary (you’ll get this once you register) from the instructor, after every class.  You can win monthly prizes, or the big ones at the end, and you’ll earn rewards as you hit milestones in your class diary.     Double stamp days earn you twice the stamps, which are great if you get behind when you go on holiday.

Here are our top tips to reach 100 classes in 29 weeks:

  1. Pick a day to plan your week, and pop your favourite classes into your diary. Prioritise yourself, and make sure you keep that appointment!
  2. Find a gym buddy to keep you extra accountable, they’re relying on you to turn up too. You can have your daily (or 3x weekly) catch-up over a workout instead of coffee (or do both!)   It really is much more fun!
  3. Keep an eye out for double stamp days on our facebook page and montly newsletters – you can collect 2 stamps for every class you attend on these days to zoom ahead (or catch up!)
  4. Attend our mega and glow classes – these are super fun, a chance to dress up and earn you extra stamps for attendance. The mega class also allows you to cross off a class you can’t get to because of scheduling, or that just doesn’t appeal to you.  (because yes, you do have to attend every style we offer at least once! It’s good to be open to new experiences!)

There are no limits to how many people can participate in the challenge, but the sooner you get started, the easier it will be to hit that magic 100.

Bargain Box Logo jpegThis year, we are stoked to be partnering with BargainBox who’ll be providing us with all sorts of goodies for prizes and giveaways, along with nutrition tips and advice.

Happy exercising!
Kat & Danielle
UC RecCentre