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Our popular Term 4  Small Group Training (SGT) courses are open for registration, just in time for Spring!
These courses are open to everyone (no membership required), so if you’re looking for a bit of extra motivation during your workweek, we might have the perfect solution for you, just over the other side of University Drive!

What is Small Group Training? 

  • Short 6-week fitness courses, focusing on a specific fitness/mind-body discipline. E.g. Boxing, Bootcamp, Yoga, etc.
  • Our experienced instructors work with you, along with the same small group of people each week in a supportive and energising environment.
  • Workouts can be individualised to suit you and your experience, due to the small class size.
  • A great way to remain accountable and motivated to reach your health and fitness goals.

What’s on offer for Term 4?

To discover more, click on the courses above.
All sessions are held at the UC RecCentre  (expect Staff Yoga which is in Jack Erskine 111) and commence from week 2 of Term 4.

To sign up…
Just pop in to see the Rec Centre reception team, or give us a call on ext 92433 and you can sign up over the phone.

Jump for health

We’ve all heard the recommended amount of daily exercise is 30 minutes, done at least five times a week. But what is the best way to get fit? High-intensity? High frequency?

Here’s your chance to find out.

PhD student Tane Clement from the School of Health Sciences | Kura Mātai Hauora is investigating how low-dose, high-frequency exercise on a trampoline affects aerobic capacity and common health markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.

Join in this research study for a chance to learn more about your health. The study involves completing 100 bounces of a trampoline three to five times a week, over a period of eight weeks. So about two minutes of exercise per day. An application will be used to record your jump height each day, with the goal being to improve the total jump height over the eight weeks.

The trampoline is located in the Robert J. Scott Atrium (Mechanical Engineering building), so is nice and convenient for anyone who comes into uni each day anyway.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the study or to sign up, contact Tane for more information>

The project is being carried out by Tane Clement, under the supervision of Nick Draper and Keith Alexander. Nick can be contacted at nick.draper@canterbury.ac.nz. He will be pleased to discuss any concerns you may have about participation in the project.

Small Group Training Courses – Term 4

Did you know the Rec Centre’s popular Small Group Training courses are open for anyone to attend, no membership required??  We have a bunch of different courses for all UC Staff to take advantage of!

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 and 23.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

What is Small Group Training?
Short 5 week fitness courses, where you will work with the same small group of people each week in a supportive and energising environment.
The courses are a great way to try something new and stay healthy and well at the same time!

Whats on offer for Term 4?
Animal Flow
Meditation though Yin Yoga
Suspension Training (TRX)
Yoga Play (Inversions)

Check out all of the specific course details, days and times here! 

All courses start during the second week of Term 4.
To sign up, just pop into see the Rec Centre reception team, or give us a call on ext 92433.

Zumba Glow Dance Party – we don’t sweat, we glow!

Want to do something a little different on a Friday night? Come join our Zumba Glow Party!

170823 Zumba glowOn Friday 22 September, we’ll be turning off the regular lights, and turning on the party and uv lights to have a glowing Zumba dance party experience!

With five Zumba instructors to keep you going through 90 minutes of fun Zumba dance, and your friends (or new ones!) to help put on your glow paint, this is something special to celebrate Spring and the return to warmer times!

Tickets are just $5 for members of the UC RecCentre, or $10 for non-members. So yes, anyone can go! (as long as they’re over 16yrs old). So, don’t miss out and pop over to the RecCentre today to buy your ticket from reception.

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Would you like to win a ticket for you and a friend? We’ve got 2 prize packs to give away for Intercom readers, each containing a 2 Glow Drink Bottles and 2 tickets to the Zumba Glow Dance Party.

To enter, simply comment below with your favourite Zumba song, or if you’ve never tried Zumba, your ‘go to song’ that motivates you to move!

Entries close 10 September, 2017. Winners will be contacted by 18 September, 2017, and must agree to have their names published on this thread.

Win a 6 month gym membership!

We’ve got a brilliant mid-winter membership special for the month of July, including the chance to win back your membership!

Spring is just around the corner, which means summer is not far away now. What better time to reboot your health and fitness than with a gym membership at the RecCentre? We offer all the usual gym stuff (cardio, weights, group fitness, small group training, personal training) plus a whole lot more like squash, badminton, basketball and a climbing wall to mix up your health activities.

Our building might be a little bit weary, but we have a team of exceptional and experienced staff, all passionate about fitness and eager to help you on your health & fitness journey. Our equipment is modern, most of which is under five years old. We’re not gonna lie, the gym can be really busy when the students are back, but if you can convince your team leader to give you an extra 15mins for transit & shower time, you can get a quick workout in at lunchtime and be uber productive in the afternoon! Or maybe try coming before work when it’s super quiet? Students don’t seem to do mornings so much… Peak time is 3.30pm – 8pm, so head over outside those hours for a quick workout.

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We’ve got a fabulous special for new members (ie those who haven’t had a membership with us in the past 6months). For UC Staff, it’s just $149 for six months, including a free SteerMe personalised gym programme, saving you $65 in total. For any staff member who joins during July, you’ll be in the draw to win your membership back (via bank deposit) or choose to add an additional six months on for free! So, if you’re not eligible for our July special, check out our standard rates….they’re still pretty sharp! (and don’t forget the discount for Union members)

Not sure? You could try a free week trial, just to see what it’s like before committing. You’ll still be eligible for the July special, assuming you’ve met the other T&Cs.