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Autumn membership specials at the RecCentre

With Autumn advancing upon us, and summer saying goodbye, it gets harder and harder to stay motivated to exercise outdoors. It’s too cold, it’s too wet, it’s too dark… you know the drill!

While we fully recommend staying in nature as much as you can for your wellbeing, sometimes it’s just not feasible or safe, if working around busy schedules and early sunsets. Read on to find out the great specials we’ve got on six month memberships, and how you could win a bonus two months on us.

The RecCentre can come to the rescue to get you through the darker months. We’ve got an ace location (right on campus), with showers, towels and toiletries, and a fully equipped gym and plethora of group fitness classes.

Perhaps you can wangle a flexible lunchbreak to pop over and find 30 minutes to pump up the muscles, which will definitely pump up your thinking power when you head back to work. Or maybe an early morning workout, before you start work?

Whilst it might seem a bit drastic at first, that feeling you’ve ‘already knocked the bastard off’ (to paraphrase Sir Ed), can make you feel quite heroic for the rest of the day, knowing you can go home to the warm comfort of your home straight after work. Both of these times are great for those who like a quick workout, with fewer people around.

Whilst we are a busy gym, we are considerably quieter throughout the day, up until around 3pm. But, if after work suits you best, you’ll be met with a large range of classes to slot into from 4pm – 8pm most nights, and a variety of training spaces to choose from – just prepare mentally for the crowds!

So, if you’re not sure, contact us for free seven-day guest pass (it includes one epic spin class too) to try it out. There’ s no obligation, and there’s definitely no follow-up sales phone call that you can expect from other gyms. We believe we have fantastic services and equipment, and if it feels right for you, then you’ll just know. We also have a small private space within the centre that is sectioned off for women only time, a few hours a day.

How can you win an additional two months of membership? Easy. Anyone purchasing a six month membership from us in the promotional period (1 – 15 April, 2018) is automatically entered in the draw for a bonus two months added to their membership. Simple!

So, what are you waiting for?

Small Group Training now available for non-members!

Do you need some extra motivation and accountability, but don’t want to pay for a personal trainer? Here’s where Small Group Training (SGT) can help!

Previously a benefit only available for UC RecCentre members, we’ve opened the courses up to anyone and everyone, so you don’t have to join the gym to get some really excellent training. Read to the bottom and find out how you can get a $10 discount on your next SGT enrolment!

Why do Small Group Training?

  • Experience the motivation of a trainer at a lower cost than personal training
  • Group camaraderie keeps you training hard when you want to quit
  • Add variety to your workout to keep you motivated and on track to reach your goals
  • Sign up alone and meet people, or sign up with a friend or family member to help them along
  • And most definitely have so much fun it doesn’t feel like exercising!

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, except staff yoga courses, which are 8 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: Staff only yoga, yoga play (backbending), boxing, bootcamp….
  • 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. Extra motivation!
  • You don’t have to be a member of the RecCentre, but you will pay slightly more than our members do.
  • 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

Three ways to exercise for cheap or free (when you can’t go to the RecCentre)

Maybe you don’t like the gym, or the gym is closed (like the RecCentre is closed this weekend for a couple of days), or you are away on holiday. Here are some cheap and free ways to keep exercising, staying on track for your health and wellness goals.

1. Seek out free trial passes or classes
Many gyms offer a free trial pass, either for a day or a week in most cases. Simply do a google search for free gym trials Christchurch, and see what comes up. In our quick search we found Les Mills (1 day), Snap Fitness (3 days), Jetts (5 days), Anytime Fitness (7 days) and F45 (14 days). If you have a friend who has a CityFitness Black membership , you can tag along on their free guest access benefit. Yoga studios, such as Apollo, Flow and Grassroots also offer discounted 2 week trials for first timers (usually in the region of $25-30 for 2 weeks – keep in mind a single class is usually ~$18).

Do remember that these gyms have full sales teams, so do expect to be added to their database and be called for years to come! Also, don’t forget that the RecCentre closes for a full 2 weeks at Christmas every year, so you may want to keep the 2 week pass to F45 until later in the year!

2. Experience the great outdoors
There are some excellent walking tracks and stairs around Canterbury, so get out amongst it!
Check out the Christchurch & Canterbury website for inspiration! The sunlight is good for your bones and overall wellness, boosting the happy hormones.

3. Do a home workout
There are some great online sites and apps that can guide you through safe exercise routines. Look for accredited/qualified practitioners. Some that we recommend are:

  • Yogaholics – 14 day free trial, and then it’s AUD$12.95 per month for unlimited access. There is a range of yoga styles, teachers and durations to choose from. It’s relatively new, so not as many options, but enough to see you through!
  • Yogaglo – 15 day free trial, and then it’s USD$18 per month. It is more expensive, but you do get over 3,500 classes to choose from, and a bigger range of teachers.
  • Crunch Live – 10 day free trial, and then USD$9.99 per month. 85+ workouts at different levels and durations. Choose from cardio kickbox, BAT style, yoga and dance style classes.

Don’t forget, the RecCentre has reduced hours over the Easter break. You can find these on our website or on our Facebook Page.

Happy holidays!
Kat

Top Five Tips to Help you Stick to your Exercise Plan

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 and 23.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.It’s getting colder, which invariably makes it even harder to stick to your exercise plan, especially if you’re a morning exerciser! BRRR! So what can you do to stick to your best laid plans and maintain your new healthy habits?

Here are my top five tips for success:

  1. Schedule your workout in your Outlook calendar, mark it out of office, and don’t break it. Ever. Prioritise you. You are more likely to be performing your best for your team, if you have taken care of your own health and wellness needs first.
  2. Find a workout buddy to keep you accountable. They’re relying on you to turn up and vice-versa. You can have your daily (or 3x weekly) catch-up over a workout instead of coffee (or do both!) It really is much more fun!
  3. Choose activities that you look forward to and have fun doing, not ones ‘I have to get through’. (See my earlier blog on ‘what exercise is right for me’. )
  4. Choose locations for exercise that are convenient to your home or work, or on your way home. It’s more likely you’ll keep your fitness appointment, if you don’t have to go out of your way.
  5. Keep a packed workout bag (including healthy snacks and extra socks) in the car or office to minimise excuses.

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

And finally, don’t sweat the small stuff! For general health and fitness, just making sure you move every day, and more intensely 3-4x per week is what matters. It doesn’t matter if you train in the morning, afternoon or evening. Just make sure you do!

Happy exercising!
Kat
UC RecCentre

Check out the Bargain Box 2017 Group Fitness Challenge – an excellent way to stay motivated through winter.
See our website for more details  

Five great reasons to try Group Exercise

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, 15.8.14Hitting the pavement, cardio machines or weights room can be a fabulous way to reach your health and fitness goals, and suits many just fine. But there are some great reasons to join a group of like-minded individuals to get your regular exercise fix. Here are just five:

  1. The group fitness atmosphere is motivating and energising. The music, moves and teacher can drag you through your workout on the toughest days.
  2. There is no planning or thinking required! That’s the job of the instructor – they’ll plan the class, motivate you, and provide feedback and technique assistance on how well you’re doing. Just turn up and join in!
  3. You can schedule the class time into your calendar – committing to a time and place helps you create good habits.
  4. You can work at your own pace. Instructors teach multi-level classes, meaning people will be doing different adaptations of the same exercise all around you! You can choose to go heavier with your weights in pump (or not), to plank on your toes or knees or whether to turn up the dial in spin. As long as you are giving your best on the day, then you are winning.
  5. The social connections you can make with other exercisers and the instructors can really add sparkle to your day!

Most gyms that offer group fitness will have a range of styles on offer to suit most people. There will usually be a selection of cardio, resistance training, or mind-body based options.

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.The RecCentre offers 50+ classes per week as part of their Group Fitness timetable once the students are back, and an additional 10+ Small Group Training courses. You can check out our term time schedule and see if any of our classes look enticing! Not a member?

You can obtain a two week pass simply by emailing kat.henderson@canterbury.ac.nz and letting me know you saw this offer on the blog.

Do you prefer the great outdoors? There are a number of outdoor classes operating around the city, at various prices. Do you prefer free? Check out the free, family friendly Saturday morning session run by PT in the Park www.facebook.com/PtInThePark/

Have a fun-filled day!
Kat

Take part in the 2017 Group Fitness Challenge – find out more here