#GetRecd with your Valentine <3

POSTED BY ERIC
Couples who #GetRecd together stay together! Getting active with your valentine or significant other makes you feel more connected as a couple because it creates synchronicity, cooperative spirit, and shared passion. The time you spend together working out becomes “us” time for the two of you, which helps strengthen your connection. So during the month of February, #GetRecd with your valentine by checking out the activities listed below! Zumbamania On Friday, February 5th from 7:30-9:00pm, you and your valentine can come check out Zumbamania in Main Gym for a night of fun while you dance for a good cause—women’s heart disease. To help spread awareness for the disease, Zumbamania is on Nation Wear Red Day so make sure to wear red while you Zumba the night away! It’s FREE and for all skill sets, making it the perfect way to #GetRecd with your valentine. All the information can be found here. Partner Massage Workshop On Saturday, February 6th from 9:00am-1:00pm bring your valentine and treat yourselves to a massage experience! In this workshop you will give and receive a full body massage using various techniques taught by the instructor. Doesn’t a massage from your valentine sound great?? For more information and sign ups, click here. Can’t make the workshop? Not a problem! Did you know that we have our very own massage studio right here on campus? Treat your special someone to a Massage for Valentine’s Day at the only on-campus massage therapy center – Rejuvenations located in Main Gym. Prices range from $55 to $110. Stop by the RIMAC Sales Desk for a gift certificate. Dance Classes Looking for a way to spice up valentines day while getting active? Check out one of our dance classes! For couples there’s Beginning Couples Ballroom and Latin Dance: Beginning Couples, or you can sign up for any other social dance classes that we offer. To find a class that fits your style, check out all our dance classes here. Some of our dance classes are no longer accepting new students at this point in the quarter, but still take a look at all our classes so you know which ones to sign up for next quarter! There’s classes for all types of dance and skill sets. Rock Climb Mission Gorge On Saturday, February 20th Outback Adventures is taking a day trip to Mission Gorge (only 20 minutes from campus) to climb for the day! The climb has excellent routes for both first time and experienced climbers and the guides will lead the group through a fun and challenging progression of climbs. All climbing equipment is provided. It will be fun climbing with your valentine by your side while you see awesome sights and improve your climbing skills! Trip info can be found here. Recreation is a great way to connect as a couple with the added benefit of keeping both people happy, healthy and in shape! So go out there and #GetRecd with your special someone this Valentine’s Day season 🙂
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Terri’s Fitness Corner: The Many Benefits of Suspension Training

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Terri Dowie is our very own Assistant Director of FitLife and workout guru extraordinaire. Each quarter she gives us the low-down on a fitness trend/topic.  You’ve heard people buzzing about suspension training, but you are unsure what it is all about. Something with straps and contraptions…seems a bit scary. Do not fear! Suspension training is anything but scary, it is a revolutionary form of bodyweight exercise using fitness equipment called a Suspension Trainer (the most popular one on the market is the TRX). Suspension Trainers allow you to perform natural movements and exercises to build strength, lose weight, and tone up. Suspension training can be adapted for people of all abilities, from absolute beginners to elite athletes. These trainers are essentially length adjustable straps which can be temporarily fixed to an anchor point to allow you to harness your body weight against gravity and carry out exercises in a suspended state. Suspension Training is a superb form of functional training which maximizes strength development, and endurance. Combined with cardiovascular exercise and dedicated strength training a superb way to have a well-rounded routine.
  • Trains the entire body and build strength
  • Excellent core conditioning and abdominal workout
  • Easily adapted to all fitness levels
  • Builds functional strength
  • Easy set up and portable
Want to learn more? Sign up for one of our FitLife classes: TRX or Total Body Circuit. Suspension training equipment can be found in our Wellness Studio (downstairs RIMAC). Come in during our “Ask the Trainer” hours : Tuesdays and Thursdays 8–11pm. A FitLife Personal Trainer is in ‘the Studio’, ready to help you, and its FREE!
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Zumbamania is back!

POSTED BY LAUREN
dsc_0267 Grab your red gear and come join us for a FREE 90 minute Zumba class at the 5th annual Zumbamania, Friday, February 5th from 7:30-9:00pm! There will be giveways and raffle prizes! Bring your friends and come to Main Gym for a night of fun and dance for a good cause—women’s heart disease. Even though heart disease in women is 80% preventable, it still kills 1 in 3 women. That’s more deaths than from all cancers combined. By spreading awareness, more people will be educated about the red flags and make lifestyle changes before it’s too late. Since the RED campaign started in 2003, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease each day, but more awareness is crucial. Zumbamania is on National Wear Red Day so by wearing red, you can help spread awareness! Zumba is an aerobic fitness dance phenomenon featuring movements inspired by hip-hop, salsa, merengue, mambo, and more. You can build strength, improve motion and posture, and burn a ton of calories all while having a fun time! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never tried it before because Zumba is made for people of all ages and skill sets. So if you love Zumba or have always wanted to try it out, now is the perfect time. Zumba classes are also offered through UCSD Recreation, so if you want to have more Zumba in your life, sign up for a class by clicking here. Make sure to come out to help spread awareness for women’s heart disease while Zumbaing the night away! RSVP to our Facebook event page to receive information and updates. Together, dressed in RED, we dance.
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10 Ways to Keep the Holiday Weight Off

POSTED BY LAUREN
After weeks off with mom’s home cookin’ it is hard to get back into the swing of college life. Don’t fear, UCSD Recreation is here! We put together 10 ideas to help you get back in shape and stay true to your 2016 resolution! 1. Student Personal Wellness If you want a workout and diet plan specific to you, you can check out the FREE personal wellness program offered by UCSD Recreation Fitlife. This program is in a small group setting and helps you develop personal fitness and weight loss goals; from a personal trainer and tips from our Registered Dietician. You’ll receive a personalized workout and diet plan at the end of the program. Classes start the first week of the quarter! Dynamic 2-1 2. East Coast Swing, Lindy & Jitterbug (Dance) Looking for an energetic way to stay healthy? Try the East Coast Swing, Lindy & Jitterbug Rec Class! You’ll learn the basics of each dance and get to be creative as you dance around the room with your friends. 3. R.I.P.P.E.D Experience a total body workout, utilizing resistance and cardio training which masterfully combines Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, and Diet components of R.I.P.P.E.D. to help you attain and maintain your physique. This Fitlife class is fun, safe, doable, and extremely effective, burning 750-1,000 calories in just 50 minutes! You can come check out R.I.P.P.E.D or any of our Winter FitLife classes on the first day of class for FREE. This gives you a chance to try out a class before you register! View the complete schedule online at ucsdrecreation.edu or in our Winter Magzine. 4. Boxing Improve your speed, balance, and endurance by taking a boxing class! This class is a great way to get a good arm and core workout in. All skill levels and weights are welcome. 5. Aerial Silks The core strength, endurance, and flexibility required for Aerial Silks will help you tone your muscles, and you get to learn something new at the same time! Aerial Silks workouts burn about 300-400 calories per hour and muscle mass increases with this workout, making it perfect for after the holiday’s exercise. DSC_2945-2 6. Winter Intramural Sports   Grab some friends and get active by playing Intramural Sports this Winter! There’s Basketball, Soccer, Team Bowling, Team Rock Climbing, Volleyball, 5-on-5 Football Passing League Football, Tennis Singles Tournament, Log Rolling and Team Golf to choose from. Intramural sports are a fun way to get exercise while meeting new people too! Key Log @ UCSD-24 (Large) 7. Surfing Impress your family and friends back at home by learning how to surf with a Rec Class! You’ll learn the fundamentals and understand the ocean conditions after taking this quarter long class. Surfboards are provided and wetsuits can be rented from the Outback Adventures Rental Shop located in Pepper Canyon. 20 8. Spanos Athletic Performance Center The newly opened Spanos Center (located by Triton Track & Field Stadium) has state-of-the-art lifting equipment free for anyone with a student ID or Rec Card. Start toning your arms today by lifting at Spanos (read more about the facility and open hours in our previous post!) IMG_3849 9. Rock Climbing Outback Climbing Center (located inside Canyonview) allows students to climb for $5 (free for the first climb). Not only is rock climbing fun to do, but it burns about 450 calories per hour, so go grab some friends and head over to Outback Climbing Center for some fun exercise! 967041_10151655798459628_941218971_o 10. Moonlight Cowles Trip (Outback Adventures) On January 24th and February 21st, Outback Adventures has trips planned for Cowles Mountain in Mission Trails Park. You’ll hike three miles in the moonlight and take in the beautiful skyline views, helping you forget about the stress of school and keeping you in shape at the same time. Its $18 if registered before January 19, and $21 after. People usually gain 1-2 pounds over the holidays, which isn’t that scary, but the thing is, most people don’t lose it afterwards. That cycle, over and over again, only results in more weight gain. As college students, we are usually more worried about schoolwork than we are about our well-being, so make sure to take some time after this holiday season to exercise your body and maintain your health by participating in some (or all!) of these great activities hosted by yours truly! #GetRecd #GetActive
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