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Got gymxiety? Our top five tips to move through

What to do when the hardest part of doing a workout is walking through the front door?   Rest assured you’re not alone.  No matter what the voice in your head is saying, know that you do belong there living your best healthy life.       So, how to overcome it?   Here are our top tips, just choose the strategy that resonates with you! 

Try classes 

If you’re not sure what to do, classes can help you solve that problem!  With a qualified and helpful instructor leading the way, just do as they say, to the best of your ability, and you’re winning!    The UCRecCentre has a range of classes to suit all levels of fitness and co-ordination, musical and non-musical alike.   We also have many of them offered as livestream via our app, so you can check them out online at home first.    Book your spot via the app. 

Bring a friend 

Having an exercise buddy can sometimes make things a little easier, until you feel the confidence on your own.  You can figure out how to do stuff with two brains, not just one.  Plus, it can be more fun and motivating to do a partner workout and you can be accountable to each other to show up.   You can try workouts from the Rec&Sport app – they come with little videos to show you how.  

Avoid peak times 

The RecCentre is less busy than usual (thanks Covid), but we still have peaks and troughs, similar to most commercial and council gyms.     We start to get busier from 3pm until 8pm weekdays, and Saturday morning 9am – 12pm.    You can see how busy the classes are via the app, when you make your booking. 

Have a plan 

Wandering aimlessly around the gym is, in our humble opinion,  a recipe for anxious times.    You could find a programme in our app before you come, and plan how long it will take.   Or, if you want to take the guesswork out, you could book in for an exercise programme with an exercise consultant.   These do cost, but we keep that cost low low low for UC students. 

Get some free advice 

If all of these options seem a little too much still, why not book in for a free orientation session with one of our staff?  Just 15mins, and we’ll take you for a walk around the building, answer any questions you have, and show you how to use the app for booking classes or finding programmes to follow.    You can book via the app yourself, or you can call us and we can book you in to get you started. 

Be well!
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina 

Affordable massage at the RecCentre

Got a tight neck? A bit stressed? Want to add another tool to your wellbeing kit? Well, hold onto your hats, because UC Rec&Sport are bringing back massage at the RecCentre, for super cheap!  

Teaming up with Ara Massage Therapy Students 

We’ve teamed up with Ara, and are providing a paid internships for a few of their students to boost their clinical hours.  This means they’re all still learning, but we tested their skills during  recruitment and we’re happy you’ll get a good, professional massage at a fair price.  All students are registered with Massage New Zealand, and our intern co-ordinator is Tina George, a Registered Massage Therapist.

How much? 

Relaxation is just $35 for 1hour for UC students, whilst a therapeutic massage is $45.

How to  book? 

First up, know that there are limited spots. Up to six each day. We only take bookings the day before (no walk-ins or same day booking), so that our students can manage their time effectively.    

The simplest way is via the Rec&Sport app. If you’re not a member of the RecCentre yet (remember, there’s no additional cost for students to join the gym, it’s paid by your levy), go online and sign up now, then sign up for the app as well (there’s two steps). Once you’ve done that, allowing a little bit of background time, up to 24hours, then you can go in and book via the app. 

If you’re not a member,  or you don’t want to wait to book your massage, you can call our Customer Experience team on 369 2433 or stop by the desk on your next visit. We’re taking bookings now, and first appointments start Monday 19 September. You can check what the typical timeslots are or find further information here, including our cancellation policy. 

If you have anything else you want to know, please contact Tina George. 

Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport 

Term 4 Small Group Training registrations now open!

Where did the year go??  We’re gearing up for Term 4 already, which means our Small Group Training courses are open for registration when you are! 

Why SGT? 
  • You get to meet and hang with the same small group of people each week, so it can be a little less overwhelming 
  • You’ll get to know your instructor better, and they’ll be able to better help you one on one 
  • You can learn a new skill that we don’t teach in our full group fitness timetable 
  • You feel like you gotta show up, cause you’ve paid for it, so if you struggle with accountability, this can be an affordable way to help you set new routines 
What’s on offer? 

All of our courses are five weeks, and you get 1 session per week, except for bootcamp, where you front up 2x per week.   

Check out the links for more information on days/times and costs. 
If you’ve got any other questions, just get in touch! 

Ngā mihi
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina