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Bootcamp, Ballet and Boxing – four week courses start 18 November

Keen to get into your best health in summer?  Not sure where to start?  Any exercise is good for your health, but here’s why Small Group Training might be a good fit for you – and you don’t have to be a RecCentre member….read on!

Why SGT? 

  • Accountability – you commit for four weeks with your hard earned cash, you’re more likely to turn up.  The group is small, so they’ll notice if you’re missing !
  • Fun – it’s way more fun to workout in a group, the time will fly by.  And because it’s the same group of people each time, you may even make a few new friends and acquaintances
  • Value – personal training can be expensive, SGT is not!  Get a top notch supervised workout at a fraction of the price.   You don’t need to plan, just turn up and be willing to do the work.

What courses are available?

Boxing A boxing based fitness class to get your heart rate up and condition your muscles to be strong, fit and healthy.

Options:  Mondays, 6.10pm with Gary or Wednesdays 6.10pm with Jay.
Cost:  $30 Members, $48 Non-Members



Bootcamp – No limits, get pushed to your edge and find your inner warrior!     Two days a week, be motivated by Gary and then you only have to motivate yourself for at least one more workout per week for good health!  Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6.30am.
Cost:  $44 Members / $74 non-members


Ballet – a ballet based fitness class where you’ll prepare the body for dance and learn real ballet steps.   Great for beginners and for those who’ve danced before!  Taught by our ballet teacher Zoe.
Cost:  $40  Members/ $64 Non-members


How to register

Simply head to the RecCentre and sign up at the desk.  We only take registrations with payment, so get in quick, because these fill up fast!   All courses are 4 weeks, commencing the week beginning 18 November, 2019.

For more information, visit our website or contact 

Summer Memberships on Sale at the UC RecCentre – starts Cup Week!

Ah… the sweet hibernation of winter is long gone, along with excuses that it’s too cold, too wet, or too dark to exercise. Then came Spring, and we dusted off our walking shoes and took a few jaunty laps of Hagley Park to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Summer is just around the corner,  and with most of the students away, it’s a quiet time to get to the RecCentre to add to your wellbeing, all just a stone’s throw from your desk.

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about taking some yoga to relieve stress and pain, or zumba classes to dance away your ills? Maybe you’ve finally got yourself ready to ‘hit the gym’ to reap the benefits of adding muscles to your frame?  Whatever your ‘why’, summer is a great time to look for your ideal exercise at the UC RecCentre.

The Rec&Sport team – who run the RecCentre facility – aim to offer a variety of exercise options because we know that one size does not fit all!   Make no mistake, the best way to stick to an exercise plan that adds to your health is to find something that brings you joy!   Reflect on each activity you try and ask yourself if you beared it, or whether you really enjoyed yourself?  Keep trying and learning new things until you find what fits.

To help you explore the buffet of activities we have at the RecCentre, we’ve got a great Summer special for new members.  On top of a roughly 30% saving on the 3mth price, we’re adding on a free BCS (gives you a great baseline health assessment) valued at $20, and a free SteerMe ( a personalised programme to help you reach your goals and be really efficient with your time at the gym) valued at $35.      Head over to our website to read the full offer, terms and conditions. 

Need an exercise buddy?  Great idea!  Anyone can join the RecCentre, they just pay a little more than UC Staff do! This offer commences on Monday 11 November 2019, and finishes on Sunday 8 December 2019.  If you’re still on the fence, why not try a 14-day trial?   It’s free for UC staff, and $25 for everyone else. If you get onto it now, you’ll still have time to grab this great 3mth deal!

See you soon!

Self-Care Staff Specials at the UC RecCentre

“If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won’t have to hear it shout”.      

Are you listening to your body?  The small daily aches and pains are signs you may need to address your health and wellbeing.   You may already have some self-care routines in place, but are you ready to take it to the next level and add some exercise to that routine?

As the weather gets colder, now is a great time to pop over and see what activities we have on offer that will serve your wellbeing.

Self-Care Staff Specials

In conjunction with Self-Care fortnight, UC Rec & Sport are pleased to offer a range of membership specials and TWO FREE WEEKS at the UC RecCentre for you and your support people. 

Exercising alone is tough, we’re much more likely to be successful if we do it with a friend (or two!).   Your exercise buddy doesn’t need to be a staff or student at UC.  Just make sure you read up on how to access your 2 week passes – they’ll start the day you pick it up and start your fitness journey.

How to exercise

Going solo
Essentially, just move!  Any kind of movement will be beneficial, so it’s best to find something you enjoy.   If you’re a little unsure on how to use the gym, then book in for a free StartMe session and our instructors will take you through a simple starter programme.  

We also have a sharp deal for UC staff on our PushMe personal training – experience the PushMe package deal at student prices.

Do the group thing
Blend into one of our large group fitness classes and get your workout on.  If large groups aren’t your thing, then perhaps try our Zone classes – Fit45, Yoga Restore and Spin –  they are smaller in size and in a more private setting.  These do cost an additional $3 per class, we do have a concession special that makes things faster, easier and even cheaper.

Small Group Training (SGT) is also be a good fit for many – small classes, private rooms, same group of people each week building up your skillset each session.  New in Term 2 are Ballet and TRX-Pilates, check out our website for information and some cool videos.    You don’t need to be a member to join our SGT courses but if you are, you do get a good discount.

Sport to be well

So your dreams of making the Silver Ferns or the All Blacks is over? That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of friendly competition, connections, skill development and fitness that sport offers.   UC Staff can enter our social sport leagues, or come along to an organised drop-in session if committing for 6 weeks is a bit much.    As a member, squash and badminton court hire is free on weekdays before 4pm, on a turn up and play basis.

Have a fabulous fortnight!
UC Rec & Sport

Powerful Self-Care to heal your trauma

Healing after trauma has no set schedule, we will all move through the process at our own pace, in our own way.  Accepting that you are a unique and beautiful individual, and it’s okay to feel differently to others, is a huge step in your healing plan.    

In addition to your self-care basics of sleep, exercise and nourishment, here are four more powerful self-care practices that might serve to help you through.

4. Cry, talk and grieve
Let out your feelings with a trusted friend, family member or if you need, a counselor.  Talk about your feelings, rather than focusing on details of events.  There is a fine line between being informed to help make sense of an event, and reliving it through repeated exposure. 

5. Spiritual Connection
Spirituality is different to everyone, but it does mean a connection to something greater.  This might be through nature, family, mindfulness, meditation or prayer.  Try and tap into your connection.  You can explore meditation or simply make a promise to pick up the phone and call your family more often.

6. Rest, relax and breathe
Take time out to do things you love – what makes you happy?  It could be treating yourself to a movie, taking a yoga class, reading a good book, writing or journaling, taking a trip to the beach or hills, or playing games on your cell phone.  Set aside some time just for you, and enjoy the space in the moment.

7. Practice mindfulness
Be in the present.  Notice the things around you, the colours, the smells, the feels, the tastes.  Savour every second, and think about all of the good around you.   Perhaps even take up the #100daysofhappy challenge, using your phone to capture a single image of one thing every day that makes you smile.

To recap, you don’t have to undertake all of these practices, but we would recommend starting with creating a better sleep routine, fitting in some exercise and good nutrition. Then, consider adding in even just one additional strategy from 4-7 above, and see the benefits of good self-care help you start to heal.

Remember, there is plenty of support for you on campus. 
If you need to talk to a trained counselor, free call or text 1737 from your mobile phone.

For information on practical support available for staff at UC, click here>

There are also additional resources and support services in the community that you can access from home, and can assist non-students who you know have been affected are:

  • Lifeline: 0800 543 354
  • Need To Talk: 1737 (free text or phone)
  • Victim Support: 0800 842 846

Rec & Sport Team

Coping after a traumatic event – start with Self-Care basics

We have all been impacted by the events of 15 March. It is normal to feel distressed, anxious and maybe even angry for quite some time after the event. So what are some of the ways you can cope?

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for healing from trauma, here’s some self-care basics to start with.

1. Sleep
Sleep as much as you need, and you may need more than usual in this time of healing. Your body repairs and renews itself during sleep, get a good sleep routine, minimise caffeine (or avoid it if possible), turn off electronics at least an hour before bed, and take naps.

2. Exercise
Exercise is like medicine in the treatment of a huge range of medical conditions, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other trauma-related issues. It elicits hormone responses that will make you feel better, increase energy and improve your sleep. The social nature of physical activity can make you feel connected – take a gentle stroll through nature to boost your mood. Even a 10 minute walking break will do wonders for your soul. If you have more time, then perhaps a group adventure to New Brighton or Sumner beach, to reap the benefits of Vitamin Sea? If you don’t have access to a bike or car, then you can plan your trip using the Metroinfo.

3. Nourishment and Nutrition
Speaking of vitamins and minerals, the simplest (and most cost effective) way to get your essential nutrients is to ensure you eat different types and colours of food. Have a look at your plate…what’s the predominant colour? Sadly, those delicious comfort foods like donuts, chips and bread tend to be yellow and brown, meaning a lot of refined sugar and fat, providing very little nutrition. Eat your greens, reds, purples and oranges first, then if you’re still craving that donut, you’ll be good to go.

By taking care of your physical body, you’ll be in a far better place to take care of your mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Remember, there is plenty of support available for staff, but if you need to talk to a trained counsellor, free call or text 1737 from your mobile phone.

There are also additional resources and support services in the community that you can access from home: 
Lifeline: 0800 543 354
Need To Talk: 1737 (free text or phone)
Victim Support: 0800 842 846

Rec & Sport Team