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Box, Dance or Bootcamp – a fun way to get fit!

If you’re looking for something a bit different to get your fitness back on track then check out our Small Group Training options for Term 3! 

Rewarding & Fun

Training (or playing!) with the same group of people each week brings its own benefits, beyond the usual health & fitness benefits of a solo gym session.   You’ll get to know your instructor, they’ll get to know you, which means they’ll be in a better place to help you really find your best.   Even if you join with a friend, you’ll meet some new people who have at least one similar interest!    And finally, we all know that once you’ve paid for something, that’s an added incentive to turn up each week to get your money’s worth – accountability right there.  Most of all, our small group sessions are really fun and interactive.

What’s on offer?

Term 3 brings back the favourites – Ballet, Boxing, Bootcamp and HipHop.  New this term is Kettlebells,  a great tool for those using the gym and wanting a change in workout to mix it up.    These courses are open to everyone,  staff, students and community. You don’t have to be a member.  but we do offer a discounted rate to members.  For example, a five week course (1 session per week) is $37.50 for members, and $60 for non-members.  Bootcamp is 2 sessions per week for 5 weeks, and comes in at an affordable $55 for members, and $92.50 for non-members. 

Sign me up

Registrations are open now, and you can sign up at our reception.  Payment is required at the time of rego.   If you’re out of town, you can contact danielle.mather@canterbury.ac.nz and she’ll get in touch by phone to get you registered, so do include your cellphone number, along with the course you’re interested in.  These courses do fill fast, so get to it!

Stay well!
UC Rec & Sport Team

RecCentre to continue booking system as trial

The RecCentre has seen some great uptake over our first few weeks, in Level 2.  The booking system was necessary to manage capacity and spacing, and we’ve had much feedback from our members requesting that we keep the booking system!

male staff member helping female client with ipad
Customer Experience Rep helping a member with online signup

Combating overcrowding & improving accountability

It turns out, that many of you loved the accountability and structure it provided for your day, even those who struggle with routine.  The knowledge that there was going to be adequate space for you in the class or in the gym to train was also a positive.   We know it can get overcrowded, especially at peak times and with our popular instructors!   But, you also told us that a little more flexibility was needed.    This was true for both group fitness classes and the fitness centre.

Booking system trial will continue – as a trial

We will continue with the booking system for classes and peak times in the fitness centre, on a trial basis, until no later than 13th July.

We’ll keep tweaking it, based on our observations and your feedback until we arrive at something that meets all of our needs.  If it’s successful, we will implement as a permanent feature, as we’re confident it will improve your experience with us.

What are the main changes?
  • Bookings are essential  for the Fitness Centre (main weights room), during peak times only (Monday- Friday 6am – 10am & 4pm – 8pm )
  • You don’t need to book if you want to come outside those times, or if you don’t want to use the Fitness Centre (eg hoops, boxing)
  • Bookings are essential for all Group Fitness classes
  • You can cancel right up to 15mins before your time/class starts, so if something comes up, just delete your booking in the app
  • If you decide to spontaneously go exercise, just check your app and see if there is space in the class or session.  If htere is, book in and head over.  If there isn’t, you’ve just saved yourself a trip (and time) so you can replan.

Please head over to our our COVID-19 Updates page for all the details on how things have changed.  You still use your Rec&Sport app to make your bookings.    Get in touch if you’ve got some thoughts or leave a comment below.

Noho ora mai – Take care and stay well.
UC Rec & Sport Team

 

How safe is it to exercise at the gym?

The RecCentre has been open for just over a week now, and in the first week, we’ve seen just over 620 members, across 1355 visits, have a safe and enjoyable experience at the gym.  We’ve recorded 1355 visits, some of you have been just once, whilst others have come a bit more frequently.  So, how safe is the gym?

Based on what we know, Covid-19 appears to be spread primarily through close personal contact with an infected person, or potentially through touching high contact surfaces. So, gyms don’t necessarily pose a greater risk than any other public space where people gather.  Our team have taken extra precautions to keep you safe, and there are a few things you can do as well to reduce your risk of becoming sick.

  • Physical distancing – 2m between exercisers at all times, sadly no high fives or physical assists/spots at this time
  • Cleaning – our team cleans down high touch points every 90mins, and our members have their own disinfecting kit to clean down equipment before and after use .  In addition, our gym is part of the UC fogging schedule
  • Hand & Face Hygiene – sanitiser stations are everywhere, including on arrival.  Bathrooms are available to wash your hands with soap and water for 20secs. Also, try to remember to not touch your face!
  • Reduced capacity – having less people in the gym and classes, means it’s easier for you to keep your distance
  • Bookings essential – we can easily comply with track and tracing requirements, and you can avoid FOMO by booking your workout session.  We clear the building at the end of every session, so we can do the high touchpoint cleaning and manage our entry & exit points for physical distancing
  • Stay home – we expect our staff to stay home if they feel unwell.  We expect our members to do the same.  We have over 100 recorded workouts on our YouTube channel if you feel good enough to exercise, but that little tickle in your throat or allergies says you should stay home.

As we progress through Alert Level 2, the team aims to open up more services and facilities, allowing greater capacity in the gym, longer opening hours  and the return of sport.   We’ve seen some great etiquette so far, and if this continues we should see this progress nicely.

Me taiki, noho pai.  Take care and stay well.
UC Rec & Sport