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Free Spin and FIT50 at the RecCentre until the end of 2022!

Are you ready for your next physical challenge?  Why not try our Spin and FIT50 classes – FREE until the end of the year for RecCentre members (usually, it’s $3)  

Just like F45 but save your dollars for your holidays  

FIT50 is Functional Interval Training for 50mins.  It’s a hard core circuit and HIIT style class, but you modify as you need (we’ll do our best to push you for more).   Check out our wee video online .   The room has changed a bit since we made it, but you get the idea.   We limit our classes to 12 people in our FunZone for a sweat sesh like no other.   Think…kettlebells, ski erg, jump boxes, battle ropes, assault bike and more.   Suitable for all levels, as long as you bring your best effort!   We got you. 

Book in via the app, and visit reception to check-in.  We’ll loan you a towel (you’ll need it).  Arrive a little early, like 5-10mins, and we’ll set you up with a HR monitor if you don’t have your own, and connect you to the big screen.  That keeps you accountable!   Why pay the big bucks in the boutique gyms, when you can get (much) the same workout for free? 

Three people at spin class at the RecCentre

You SPIN me right round baby, right round, like a record player… 

What can we say about SPIN? What a class!  Be entertained, motivated and dragged along the imaginary roads for 50mins (45min at lunchtime).   Our instructors pick some (mostly) great tunes, a few questionable ones, and put some great moves to it, all on the bike.  It’s low impact, which means it’s great for the joints.  Because you control the resistance and the speed of your own legs, you can take it easy or go hard.     It’s also dark.   With party lights.   Hit the back row if you prefer not to be seen.  Ooh, and wear white or flouro, cause you’ll glow! 

We have 24 bikes, so book in via the app, and visit the reception to check-in.  We’ll loan you a towel and token for entry.  If it’s your first class, arrive early (like 5-10mins) so we can set you up on the bike correctly.  It’s not fun for the muscles and joints if your bike doesn’t ‘fit’ properly.  

Friendly and qualified staff delivering you an exceptional exercise experience! 

Rest assured, you are in safe hands.  All of our instructors have exercise qualifications, or are closely supervised whilst they are obtaining them in training.  We have years of experience as well, with some of our teachers clocking up more than 25years experience each and presenting at national conferences and training workshops. We even have an award winning NZ Group Fitness Instructor of the Year in our ranks.  

If you’ve got any questions, just ask our team or flick us an email.  Or better yet, take the plunge and we’ll see you in the gym this side of Christmas! 

Ngā mihi
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina 

How to turn failure into success

Looking back at his early political career, Barack Obama reflected:

“I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped. I had been in the state legislature for a long time, I was in the minority party, I wasn’t getting a lot done, and I was away from my family and putting a lot of strain on Michelle. Then for me to run and lose that bad, I was thinking maybe this isn’t what I was cut out to do. I was forty years old, and I’d invested a lot of time and effort into something that didn’t seem to be working.”

President Barack Obama 

Unfortunately, failure does happen, and sometimes it happens in relation to things we really care about. When it does, we can always ask: what is the next best thing we could do?

Obama decided that, for him, it was to stop worrying whether he was succeeding or failing and focus on the work ahead. This seems to have helped, and 10 years later he was elected as the first African American President of the United States. He followed this up four years later with re-election for a second Presidential term in 2013.

While most students will hopefully feel pretty good after the release of end of year results, it’s to be expected that some will not. If you find yourself in that position, I really want to encourage that there are things you can positively do.

In working out what that ‘next best thing’ actually is, here are three pieces of advice:

  1. Deal with the feels: take time out to manage whatever you’re feeling, whether it’s disappointment or frustration or annoyance. Failure can suck, so do positive things for yourself to offset that. Spend time with friends and whānau, get outdoors, watch your favourite Netflix series…
  2. Evaluate the situation: instead of putting it out of mind, put a detective hat on and assess what might have gone wrong. Did you put in enough study and preparation? Did you misread the exam and give answers that didn’t address the questions? Were you running at less than 100% due to circumstances out of your control, like sickness or a breakup? Did you ask your lecturers and tutors enough questions?
  3. Make a plan of action: having come up with a list, you now need to take practical action. What could you control or do differently next time? What extra steps could you take or put in place? You might find it really helpful to talk with support staff for their advice – they can offer objective, honest suggestions to help.

Want to know more about fear of failure? There’s lots to it – check out more info here.

Tim Rowe
Kairuruku Oranga | Wellbeing Coordinator
Wellness Services

Get into the festive spirit with Carols on Campus on Thurs 10 Nov

Exams are almost over, and summer is nearly here. Before you head off for the holidays, get into the festive spirit early with UC Carols on Campus! Come along to Eng Core and sing-along to some classic Christmas tunes, accompanied by a live band. There may even be some Yuletide treats too. What a nice way to see out the uni year! Everyone welcome.

Date: Thursday 10 November
Time: 6.30pm onwards
Venue: Eng Core atrium