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Group fitness: Pink Shirt Day mega class

Pink Shirt Day is a day to celebrate diversity and show support to reduce workplace bullying.  So, that will explain the large numbers of UC staff wearing pink on Friday 26th May.   At the RecCentre, we can’t wait until Friday, so we’re holding a super special Pink Shirt mega class on Wednesday 24 May and we’d love for you to be there!


What is a mega class, you ask?  Multiple instructors and 90mins of exercise fun.  We’ll rumble through the range of classes we offer at the RecCentre, for about 10mins of each.  So don’t worry – if the thought of Zumba or HIIT frightens you, it will all be over quite quickly. Or who knows, maybe you’ll try it and end up discovering something new that you love! Dress up pink and be in to win prizes for best dressed. We’ve got spot prizes too!

Your RecCentre membership is free if you’re a UC student.  If you’re not a member yet, sign up online now so we can activate your membership, or you can do it at the desk when you arrive.

Want to bring a friend, but they’re not a UC staff/student or member of the RecCentre?  They can, but they will need to pay our usual $11 casual visitor fee, and be over 16yrs of age.

A quick recap…
Wednesday 24th May
5.10pm start time (so get here by 5pm)
90mins of awesomeness
PinkShirt Theme (optional but encouraged)

See you there (in pink!)
RecCentre Team


Now serving – free squash and volleyball

Does cardio day feel like a grind?  The UC RecCentre has two new ways for you to get involved and get your dose of cardio at the same time!

Recreation Centre photo shoot, showing all aspects of the Rec Centre facilities, badminton, balance exercises with balls, weight pack exercises, floor exercises on the mezzanine, Rec Centre reception, group weights in the gym, steppers, walkers, spin, weight machines, free weights, straps, yoga, rowing machines, 15.8.14


For a limited time, the RecCentre is offering all members (and that means all students) free squash court hire.  Normally $4 per court, per half hour, you can now hire the court at no cost between 6am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.   Want to bring a friend with you?   You can, they’ll just have to pay our casual entry fee of $11 (but they can go on and use the gym before or after your game as well).

What about equipment?  You can rent ours for HALF PRICE during the promotional period.  Pay just $2.50 per racquet, and .50c per ball for the duration of your booking.  Or just borrow from a friend or bring your own.

The promotion period runs from 15 May – 26 June, 2017.   Call reception or check our website for further details or to make a booking.


On Fridays at 11am you can join a drop-in volleyball hour for more experienced players.  A number of regulars turn up each week from the UC Staff and student body, and they would love to have a few more players.    If you’re a beginner, then it’s probably not for you, but you can look into the social volleyball competition run by UC Sport on Thursday nights.

These sessions are being run as a trial until then end of Semester 1, so show us with your feet (and er, hands) if you want it to stay, and we’ll keep it running for the rest of the year.

Have an incredible day!

UC RecCentre Team

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