Welcome back UCSD! Here are a few of the things we have for all students to use and participate in throughout fall quarter to keep you active and healthy:
We have 4 main facilities for students to use: RIMAC, Main Gym, Canyonview, and Spanos Athletic Performance Center. RIMAC is our largest facility and has a weight room, basketball courts, racquetball courts, fitness machines, and our Wellness Studio. Main Gym has a weight room and basketball courts, as well as a natatorium. There’s also Canyonview which houses a small weight room, two large outdoor pools, a hot tub and the Outback Climbing Center. And lastly, we have Spanos, which has state-of-the-art weight lifting equipment and is located by the track. All of these facilities are open for students to use, just make sure to check out each facility’s hours before you go!
A fun way to get involved is to join one of our intramural teams! For Fall, there’s basketball, dodgeball, flag football, indoor soccer, innertube water polo, team rock climbing, team tennis, volleyball, and beach volleyball doubles. The sports change each quarter, so if you don’t see your favorite sport listed, look at our website to see upcoming quarters. Intramurals are an awesome way to compete with your friends and peers in a fun social setting. Grab a group of friends to form your own team or join an existing team!
If you are looking for a more serious commitment to a sports team, there’s 30 sports club teams for you to choose from! They exist primarily to give interested students the opportunity to experience the commitment, challenge, and enjoyment of a competitive sport. These teams play teams from other colleges, so you’ll get to travel. It’s a nice intermediate step from intramural sports to NCAA level. These teams are perfect if you are looking to have a year-round sports experience while getting close to your teammates. Make sure to find the sport for you ASAP, as most of these teams have info sessions or tryouts coming up.
Fit Yoga Pass
Last year, we created the Fit Yoga Pass which gives all users the ability to go to ANY of the 70+ classes we offer each week. And the amount of times you can use it is UNLIMITED! The classes offered are yoga, fitness, cycling, meditation, pilates, cardio, and bootcamp classes, so you can chose as many classes you want to go to each week and check them all out! The Fit Yoga Pass is a great way to stay active, try out different classes, and have it be flexible with your schedule, plus it’s only $65 for a student pass!
Climbing Center Pass
If you’ve never been to the Outback Climbing Center before, you can go FREE for your first time! It doesn’t matter if you are a new student or a returning one, if you’ve never climbed at OCC before (located in Canyonview) it’s completely free during any of their open climbing hours. If you try it out and decide you’d love to climb again, Day passes are $5, 10 Day passes are $45, or a quarter pass is $50. But make sure to go check out OCC to use your free first time pass! Just walk in and tell them you are a first time visitor.
At UCSD Recreation, we not only offer fitness classes; we have fun workshops too! This quarter, we are offering these 1-day workshops: Tamale Workshop, Yoga-Thai Massage, Cooking-Mexican Food on a Budget, and Yoga Meditation and the Brain. Our multi-day workshops include: Guitar, Sewing, and Drawing. Make sure to sign up quickly, since spots can go fast!
Personal/Small Group Training
If you are trying to get in shape this quarter, our personal or small group training may be perfect for you! You’ll get to work with a trainer who will help develop a training plan that best fits your needs and will be there to guide you through your workouts. They can also help assess your nutritional needs. Instruction may include goal setting, weight training, aerobic training, weight loss, strength gain, weight gain–whatever your goals may be! To schedule a personal training session, email email@example.com and allow 1-2 weeks to schedule an appointment. If you want to participate in Strength & Small Group training, you can sign up on our Rec shop online.
Even though the stress of classes hasn’t hit yet, it’s never too early to sign up for a relaxing massage! Start the quarter out right by getting a relaxing, soothing, private massages with one of our certified massage therapists. Choose from Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, or Heated Stone massage. If you buy 7 private massages, you can get one free!
Visit Outback Rental Shop if you are in some need of gear for your upcoming trip or adventure! They rent out sporting, snow, watersports, and camping/outdoor equipment to students. You can rent for a day, a weekend, or a week at a time. It’s a great way to have all the equipment you need for that trip you’ve been wishing you could go on, but without the hassle or expense of buying brand new equipment! The Rental Shop is located between Sixth apartments and Pepper Canyon Hall.
Learn the art of silks acrobatics this quarter! It’s just like what’s performed in Cirque du Soleil. This unique activity helps develop core strength, endurance, and flexibility while teaching you how to climb the silks along with different wraps and drops. We offer multiple levels, including beginner, so no experience is necessary!
The Rec Class Martial Arts program includes classes in 25 traditional art formed derived from Basil, China, Japan, Korea, as well as more modern hybrid arts that bring a more Western approach to the martial arts practices. You can sign up for any of these classes no matter if it’s a new skill for you, or if you want to continue your training! To name a few, there’s Aikido, Capoeira, T’ai Chi, Wushu all offered, along with many more! If you are looking to compete instead, we have competitive UCSD teams in collegiate tournaments and events. A listing of those teams can be found online here.
San Diego is home to many premier surf spots. Come learn how to surf, right by campus at Scripps Pier. You are here attending the top ranked surfing campus in the United States, so it’s a must to sign up for a surfing class! Our comprehensive surfing classes will teach you the fundamental skills of the sport, including ocean conditions, safety, and proper etiquette. Surfboards are provided for class use.
Kayak Mission Bay Outback Trip
La Jolla is so beautiful, so why not see it from a different perspective–out on the water! With Outback Adventures, you can kayak Mission Bay and enjoy the calmness of the water while gliding through the beautiful bay. Sign up on your own to meet new people, or bring a friend! You don’t want to miss this trip! Trip dates are Oct. 6th and 8th.
Anza Borrego Caves & Hot Springs Outback Trip
Join us on this popular overnight trip. By day we will explore mud caves, palm oases, wildflowers, vistas and Native American Pictographs. By night, we indulge in delicious food from a Dutch oven, soak in the hot springs, and take in the amazing star display far from the contamination of city lights. We will spend Saturday exploring the corners of Arroyo Tapiado Caves with our headlamps. Sunday will find us picking our way through the desert canyons in search of one of the many oases or desert vistas. No Anza-Borrego trip is complete without a stop for famous Julian pie on the way home. This trip has a waiting list every time, so sign up early.
Mission Bay Aquatic Center
UCSD Recreation works with Mission Bay Aquatic Center and they have discounted prices for students! Their goal is to help you learn and enjoy activities on and around the beach, free from the academic pressures of campus. San Diego is a community with much of its activity centered around the water, so come down, enjoy the bay, and sign up for a class today! They offer sailing, surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, waterskiing, rowing, and windsurfing classes. Or, if you want to go out on the water on your own, you can rent some of their water equipment!
As you can see, UCSD Recreation has a lot to offer, so make the time to sign up for at least one class or event this quarter! That way, you can get active, stay healthy, and meet new friends along the way! Keep in mind, these are just a few of the things we all have, so check out our website to see everything else we offer!