The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition to encourage our UC colleagues to experience first hand joys and benefits of riding a bike. There are lots of fantastic prizes on offer to tempt your team, which will be announced as the Challenge approaches!
How does it work?
You and your workplace team earn points for every kilometre you ride, every day you ride, and for every person you encourage to sign-up (they don’t have to be in your team – they just have to log a ride in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge). The points system has been carefully selected to ensure a fair and exciting competition, and to strongly encourage teams to engage new riders if they want to climb the leaderboard and secure victory.
You’ll compete against other workplace teams of comparable sizes. Ride anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top folks in the individual leaderboard categories and some lucky participants will win for certain activities including encouraging other to ride or logging trips. The more often you log rides and encourage others to log their rides, the more likely you are to win a prize!
You’ve got all of February to get out and earn points!
How to take part
Follow these four steps:
Register on this website, it’s free. Register here
Ride a bike anywhere, anytime for at least 10 minutes during the Challenge (1-29 February)
Congratulations to Danielle Mather , Group Fitness Co-ordinator at UC Rec & Sport (UC RecCentre), who won the 2019 Group Exercise Instructor of the Year (Own Choreography) Award last weekend.
The New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards have been taking place annually since 2005, recognising excellence in the exercise and fitness industry. Judging was a three-stage process and took just over 3 months. Danielle submitted multiple videos of her teaching and personal reflection questions. In the final stage, mystery shoppers evaluated the six finalists, who came from Christchurch, Nelson, Auckland and Wellington. Danielle was awarded the top prize in the awards ceremony in Auckland.
Danielle’s journey started as a casual receptionist for the UC RecCentre in 2012, whilst studying full-time toward her BSc in Biology at the University of Canterbury. At the encouragement of RecCentre staff, she undertook concurrent study at SIT to complete her Group Fitness Instructors Certificate. In late 2013, Danielle stepped up to be acting Group Fitness Co-ordinator, whilst continuing her studies and working reception. At the completion of her BSc in 2014, she was successful in becoming the permanent Group Fitness Co-ordinator at the RecCentre. She now leads a team of 50+ instructors and offers a broad programme of over 70+ classes per week in term time.
As a certified Skills Active Assessor, Danielle now trains budding UC Students to become group fitness instructors. We have certified 15 new instructors since we started the programme in 2015, with five more currently receiving the helpful steady hand of Danielle as they complete their certification through on the job learning.
The team at UC Rec & Sport are extremely proud of Danielle’s journey and success so far, and we look forward to what’s to come. In the meantime, we’ll be jumping in on her classes at the RecCentre to get our daily dose of wellness!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.