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FREE staff sport lunchtime sessions at the RecCentre

How about getting out at lunchtime for some friendly sporting action? The Rec & Sport team are pleased to offer several sessions a week, where UC Staff can pop over to the RecCentre and get active for an hour, absolutely free. You don’t have to be a member.

How does it work?
Turn up to the RecCentre with your Staff ID card. This is essential, no matter how often you come. We’ll get you to sign in as a casual visitor (for H&S), then you can get in there and play. We don’t set it up for you, so if you’re first to arrive, you can swap your staff card to borrow the gear and start setting up. That’s it. Your free entry doesn’t entitle to you use the fitness facilities while you’re here, but you are welcome to use the showers after. BYO towel, or rent ours for just $1.

The Sports
Until the end of 2018, we are offering the following time slots for UC Staff to participate:

Tuesday 12pm – 1pm Volleyball Sportshall All levels
Wednesday 1pm – 2pm Badminton Sportshall All levels
Thursday 12pm – 1pm Volleyball Sportshall All levels
Friday 11am – 12pm Volleyball Sportshall Int – Experienced staff and students
Friday 12pm – 1pm Futsal Sportshall All levels

All equipment is provided, although you can bring your own badminton racquets if you prefer, as we only have a limited number.
The plan for 2019.

Recently, UC RecCentre and UC Sport amalgamated to become UC Rec & Sport. Our new team will be doing things a little differently in 2019.

Free Staff Sport Sessions
We’ll continue to offer free staff sport hours, commencing in February, and we’ll set the days and times, once we know what timeslots are available. Show us with your feet what the demand is, and we’ll try to get the mix just right.

Social Sport Leagues
Staff and community will now be able to enter what our social sport leagues! Get a team together and play in a regular weekly match. We offer Futsal, Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and more. Our leagues take place weekday afternoons, between 12 -5pm. The cost will be around $125 for a six week league. Keep an eye out for more information in early 2019!

Summer Gym Membership Sale on NOW!

Summer has arrived, so it’s time to offer up our Summer Membership specials again! 

Save around 40% on our three month package deal.  It’s a great time to come the RecCentre, over the summer months, we have less people in the gym and classes, so you’ll be able to pop in, get your workout done, and pop out to enjoy your summer evenings.

What’s the deal? Well, as UC Staff, you’ll get three months RecCentre membership for just $89 (usually $119) and we’ll throw in a free SteerMe personalised programme (valued at $25) to tailor a workout just for you. That’s a $55 saving right there!  We’ve got savings for everyone, so even your friends who aren’t UC staff or students can come along.

The RecCentre membership provides you access to a summer group fitness timetable, weights and cardio, and our new studio spaces – the ZenZone, the FunZone and the StartZone. Almost all of our GF classes are free, with a $3 fee for Spin and our new ZenZone yoga classes. These smaller specialised yoga classes are great value, with a limit of 15 participants and use of yoga props to provide a restorative and relaxing yoga experience. Our GF yoga in the gymnasium remains free to all members.

Want to know more? Look up our website to see what we offer, and if you’re still not sure, why not contact us for a free seven-day guest pass?  You can even bring a friend, just get them to request a seven-day guest pass too.   Our membership specials are valid from now until 30  November 2018, so you’ve got time to try it out a little bit first.

Stay well 
Kat – Sport and Recreation Manager


Meditation Mondays – free at UC!

Ever wondered how to meditate? Whilst there are a plethora of free meditation apps and videos on you tube, sometimes it’s just nice to have the comfort of a real teacher there to guide you, and answer your questions at the end of your meditation.

There are a range of meditation techniques out there, and we’ve lined up our yoga teacher Saskia Tranter, to offer 2x 20min guided meditation sessions. There is no cost to participate, and you don’t have to be a member of the RecCentre to join.

UC Students and Staff will have priority if we run out of space.

Where and When?
Every Monday throughout term time, beginning Monday 16 July for six weeks. You don’t need to come to every session, just the ones you can make.

Sessions start at 12pm and 12.30pm, and will be held in Rm 210, Puaka-James Hight. Sessions are capped at however many we can safely fit in the room, so do arrive early to get your seat.

Why meditate?
Relaxation is number one! Studies on the relaxation response have shown various short-term benefits to the nervous system including lower blood pressure, improved blood circulation, lower heart rate, slower respiratory (breathing) rate, less anxiety, more feelings of well-being, less stress, and deeper relaxation.

It’s worthwhile noting that the purpose of meditation is not to achieve benefits, but to simply be present. Out of being present, we may find that these benefits come.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact

PT plus membership intro special for UC staff

What is a Personal Trainer (PT) good for, and do you really need one?

In all honesty, not everyone needs a PT, but they can certainly  help those of us who struggle with motivation, knowledge or boredom in the gym.

Why should you get a trainer?

1. It’s educational. We all love education right? If you want to learn to change the oil in your car, you don’t go to a hairdresser, and relying on unvetted Youtube or Instagrammers can be risky.  The best option is to find a qualified trainer who can work out a plan to suit your lifestyle and achieve your goals. It can also help prevent injuries or overtraining woes, which may slow you down.

2. Accountability. How many times have you procrastinated or said ‘tomorrow’? With a trainer, you’ll have a scheduled appointment for your diary to motivate you to turn up. And they’ll keep tweaking your programme to ensure it’s still challenging and intrinsically motivating for you.

3. Time management. With little spare time, it’s crucial that we find time to work on our own health and wellbeing. A trainer can help you maximise your time, so that you get the best workout in the time you have available.

4. It’s just more fun! Not having to think about what’s coming up next in your routine, and just letting the trainer guide you can be freeing and relaxing (all whilst working up a sweat). They can come up with fun and interesting ways to achieve your goals, without going to ‘standard’ exercises that are easier to remember on your own. They generally have good banter and charming personalities, which makes a 45min sweat session that much more enjoyable.

If any or all of these points resonate with you, then maybe you could do with a trainer? Good news is, starting Monday 11 June, we have an amazing 1 month Introductory training package available to all UC Staff.

We’re offering 1 full month of RecCentre Membership PLUS 4x PushMe personal training sessions for just $99.

Why are we doing it? Because your health is important, and we know that budget can be another constraint, so let’s remove that and get you off to a good start.  At that price, you can afford to give it a whirl, and see if it’s right for you.

Hurry, the special ends on Saturday 30 June, 2018, and you must bring your current Staff ID card to sign up at our reception (not available online). Visiting staff can take advantage of this too!

Finally, just note that this offer isn’t available in conjunction with other discounts, like discount vouchers or union membership discounts.

Staff Open Week at UC RecCentre – and win a month free!

Location is everything – choosing a gym that is handy to work or home is vital, and it’s less likely you’ll keep your routine if you have to drive or walk out of your way during the working week. To help you discover the activities on offer at the UC RecCentre, right on your work doorstep, we’re opening up the doors to all UC Staff for our Open Week, 4 – 10 June, 2018.

How do you access open week?  And how do I win?

Just turn up for a workout anytime you like, and remember to bring your Staff ID card. We’ll get you to sign in at the door each time, and then you’re good to go.  Any staff member who signs in and uses the gym at least 2x that week, will go in the draw to win a month membership for free. We’ll also throw in a free SteerME gym programme, to help you get started safely. So, what are you waiting for?

Group Fitness

Check out our Group Fitness Timetable, where all classes are free, except for Spin, which costs $3. Fancy a hardcore high intensity workout? Try HIIT, Supercircuit or Strong. Like a more gentle approach? Try Pilates or Yoga. Something inbetween? Step, Pump, BAT, Zumba and Spin fit the bill. We have something for everyone, and you don’t need any special equipment or fancy clothes!

Exercise Areas

The fitness centre and cardio areas have a good selection of modern weights and cardio equipment. In addition, we have a boxing room, climbing wall and a little gem in the Circuit Room. The latter is set up for all sorts of things, including as a Womens Only space for three hours a day. Check out the timetable of hours online.

Sports Activities

Is sport more your thing? You can hire squash and badminton courts, including equipment for a quick game.  Alternatively, you could join the Staff Volleyball sessions on Tuesdays and Thursday at 12pm, all levels welcome. Fridays at 11am is a further session, for more experienced players, where we mix it up with some students as well. These are free all year round, just sign in with your Staff ID Card.

Keep an eye out on Intercom…we’ve got a great fitness starter package coming up for UC Staff, immediately after our Open week!

RecCentre Team

PS Congratulations to Kali Foster, Centre Manager for the Ngai Tahu Research Centre at UC, our winner of the Autumn Gym Special promotion – 2months has been added onto your membership to keep you moving for longer!