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Final week of RecCentre membership sale for UC & UCSA staff

This is the final week of the RecCentre membership sale for UC & UCSA staff, ending on Sunday 30th August, 2020.

BAT class at UC RecCentre
A BAT class at the UC RecCentre – Butts, Abs Thighs

Why choose the RecCentre? 

We get it, there are a heap of gyms within a few kilometres of us, but here’s our list of the top five reasons to choose us for your next gym:

  1. We’re extra handy. If you’ve got a flexible work schedule, or team leader, you can pop across at lunchtime for a 45min yoga class or whatever you fancy, shower and be back at your desk pronto – ready to change the world! That way, at the end of the day, you can get straight in your car, head home and relax.
  2. We have a cool app. With restrictions in place, it’s good to know you can book a guaranteed spot in class.   You can check the timetable on your phone, and download gym programmes to follow.  And very soon, we’ll have an on demand service for our members, so you’ll be able to take us home on the weekend too!
  3. We do everything the big gym brands do and more, at way lower costs! Do other gyms have a bouldering wall, squash court, or sport courts? Ours does! Your membership covers most things, with small charges (like $3) for specialist classes like Spin and FIT50 (our very own version of an F45 class).
  4. We have top notch staff who love what they do. All of our staff are qualified and passionate about health & fitness. We even boast to have the current NZ Group Fitness Instructor of the Year 2019 as our GF Co-ordinator, leading an exceptional programme we know you’ll love!
  5. We have the latest equipment from Technogym, same as those big gyms. We know….our building is from the 70’s, but we overcompensate for that by making sure our equipment is modern and our staff are teaching from the most modern training protocols.

Fun fact – we ALWAYS offer discounted rates to our UC community – that’s you – our staff, the staff at UCSA and our alumni and affiliates.  Compare our prices – we’re confident the range of services we offer for the price is top notch value.

Right now though, we have one week left in our membership sale for UC and UCSA staff, where you can take up to $100 off the already discounted price, plus we’ll throw in two free Zone class passes.  Check out all the details on our website – sale ends Sunday 30th August 2020.

Hope to see you soon!
UC Rec&Sport

10,000 Steps 2020 – are you up for the challenge?

The Australasian Universities 10,000 Steps Challenge is here!  Last year,  we reached fourth on the leaderboard, of 12 Australasian Universities, shy of 3rd place by just 8 steps!  Can we take the win over 13 other universities this year?

Australasian Universities 10,000 Steps Challenge 

It’s simple.  Simply aim to walk 10,000 steps (or more!) every single day.  You’ll reap the health benefits of walking (like improving sleep, mood and circulation) and perhaps even reconnect with nature or a group of walking buddies – all fabulous for your mental health.

What’s involved?

We’ve laid out all the info and links on our website,  but briefly:

  • Register yourself and join the University of Canterbury team
  • Download the 10,000 steps app 
  • Log your steps or other activities manually in the 10,000 Steps app or connect your Fitbit or Garmin

The challenge is on from Monday August 31 until Sunday October 11, 2020.  That’s six weeks to get up and moving for fun, friends, health and a light dose of inter-university rivalry!  Registrations are open now, don’t delay! 

If you have any questions, please contact 

UC Rec & Sport Team

Six tips on how to avoid skipping your exercise session

Does this sound familiar? It’s the end of a long day at work, you’ve made it home, and suddenly the plans to exercise are looking sketchy at best! Take heart, you’re not alone – but before skipping a day becomes skipping a week (or a month!) here are our top tips to stay on track.   

1. Drink a glass of water 

Often times, tiredness is caused by dehydration.   Drinking a glass of water can help revive you enough to get your mojo back for a short bout of exercise.   Whilst there is no universal amount of water that one should drink , drink enough throughout the day so that you don’t feel thirsty, but not so much that you’re in the toilet all day. 

2. Put some workout clothes on 

The simple act of changing into some workout clothes and shoes can  be motivating in itself.  You’re halfway there right?  Now all you need to do is…

3.  Run on the spot for 1min

Yep.  1min.  That could be enough to get some happiness hormones like dopamine flowing.  Yep, training can make you happy.   Once you’ve started, you might even keep going, especially if you double down with…

4. Amping tunes 

It’s well known that exercise can improve physical performance, with good music enabling people to exercise longer and harder. Choose music you enjoy and the right pace for the activity you’re doing.   

5. Be kind to yourself 

Missing a workout isn’t the end of the world, but it sure can feel like it sometimes!   Try not to linger on it, and instead start with the four tips above and get yourself moving again, even a 15min walk around the block counts!  Who knows?  It could be the start of something great! 

6. Bring in the professionals (and this is where we can help)

If these little tactics aren’t helping, it could be time to bring in the professionals!  Signing up for a one-on-one session with a fitness pro can help you break plateaus, get  have some fun with exercise again and help reset good habits.   Check out more reasons to get a trainer!

The RecCentre offers super prices on PushMe training, and right now we have an introductory offer for First-Time PushMe clients, so you can experience the value yourself.   Our members can buy one session for just $30 (usually $45), with absolutely no obligation to continue – but we reckon you’ll love it!   As a bonus, we’ve also a got a staff membership sale on for the same period, until 30th August, where you can save up to $100 of your membership price. 

Be well!

UC Rec&Sport 

UC & UCSA staff Winter Membership Sale

Are you looking for a boost?  Exercise is a natural way to boost your immunity, happy hormones and energy levels. For a limited time, boost your wellbeing at the RecCentre at even more bargain prices!

BAT class at UC RecCentre
A BAT class at the UC RecCentre – Butts, Abs & Thighs
Top Tips to create and keep an exercise habit 
  1. Do something you enjoy.  The RecCentre offers a range of activities – sport, climbing, gym, and classes. Give us a try at no risk, UC staff can try a free 14-day trial pass whilst it’s just $25 for others. 
  2. Exercise with a friend. There are so many reasons why – it’s more fun, you’re more likely to stick at it, and you’ll be more likely to achieve your goals.      
  3.  Location is key!  Find one that that will fit your lifestyle, usually near home or work.  Check out this handy guide from the Ministry of Health on how to choose a gym.
Winter membership sale exclusively for UC and UCSA staff 

If you give us a try (and do try us at the time you think you’ll come along most often) and like it, we have a range of discounted memberships for staff all year round.  And from Aug 3rd to Aug 30th 2020, you can get your hands on a fabulous winter sale price as well!  You could save up to $100 on your membership fee and grab yourself two free zone class passes. Check out the details on our website. 

If you’ve got any questions, be it membership or exercise related, just give us a call or email 

Be well! 
UC Rec&Sport 

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 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