NOW HIRING Challenge Course Faciliators

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IMG_9011 Want a fun, challenging and rewarding job? Become a Challenge Course Facilitator for our Outback Adventures Challenge Course on campus! Challenge Course Facilitator Job Announcement: The UCSD Challenge Course is seeking dedicated individuals to hire and train as facilitators. Ideal applicants for this entry-level position possess a combination of both interpersonal and technical skills. The Challenge Course staff is made up of part-time/contract student and non-student facilitators. Facilitators develop skills and experience through a process that includes initial training, mentoring, shadowing, and on-going training and skills development. These skills will be personal and professional assets for the rest of your life. About the UCSD Challenge Course: The UCSD Challenge Course provides adventure-based teambuilding program designed to develop communication and teamwork through challenging activities. Our course is located in the eucalyptus forest on the beautiful UCSD campus, an ideal setting for a variety of ground-based and high course activities. Our programs serve campus, community, and corporate groups, providing each an opportunity to problem solve and overcome obstacles as a team—from up to 45 above the ground. Summer Orientation/Training: Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24, 2017 (8am to 6pm) Our fall training will provide future facilitators with the foundational knowledge to confidently guide groups through teambuilding/leadership programs on and off the course, including facilitation and technical skills training. All accepted applicants will be required to complete this 40-hour training before being hired by UCSD. Scheduling and Pay Following the training and shadowing process, Facilitators can expect to work between 6-30 hours/week through the busy program season (May-October). There rest of the year can still be quite busy but the work is not consistent. Beginning pay is $12/hour for Students and $14/hour for non-students. Application To learn more and apply, visit https://recreation.ucsd.edu/challenge-course/facilitator-training/  If you have additional questions, please contact Denise Ouellette, Challenge Course Director, at 858-822-3558, or email teamchallenge@ucsd.edu. Important Dates Application Deadline: Sunday, June 4 Date                                            Event                            Time Sunday, June 4                          Application Deadline        - - -                                 Online Application Wednesday, June 21                Staff Training                 8:00am-6:00pm              UCSD Challenge Course Thursday, June 22                    Staff Training                 8:00am-6:00pm              UCSD Challenge Course Friday, June 23                          Staff Training                 8:00am-6:00pm              UCSD Challenge Course Saturday, June 24                     Staff Training                 8:00am-6:00pm              UCSD Challenge Course
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Run in our MoonGod 5K and Climb in our Boulderdash Competition this May!

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In the month of May we have TWO back to back awesome events,  UCSD Recreation's annual Moon God 5k and Boulderdash Climbing Competition!  Moon God 5K:  Not your average 5K…join us for a full moon dash at one of San Diego’s only night runs. Race past moonlit bears, snakes, falling houses and the Sun God– just some of UCSD’s giant outdoor art pieces that seem to come alive under the moonlight. Every spring quarter, UCSD Recreation hosts an incredible night run that showcases the beauty of UCSD from a nocturnal perspective. Grab one of your friends and do this fun, carefree, and entertaining run. you’ll follow a glow in the dark 5K path to a finish line that has music, treats, and prizes for the race winners. Not a UCSD student? Never fear! The Moon God 5k is open to everyone! Now that you’re sold, here’s the nitty gritty: When? Tuesday, May 10 What time? 7:00-8:30pm: Race check-in at the Triton Statue at the Price Center West, South entrance. The race begins at 8:30pm. How do you Register? Online, in person at one of our facilities, the day of the race OR by phone 858.534.0684 How much? UCSD Students: $15 advance/ $20 day of race; all others: $20 advance/ $25 day of race Proceeds of the annual Moon God Race supports student leadership programs at UCSD. Pro Tip: Arrive early to park! The closest visitor parking is in Gilman Parking structure and will be $2/hour. Pay stations accepting bills and credit card are available at the structure. moongodstart Boulderdash Climbing Competition: Attention all Rock Climbers!! On Tuesday, May 10 2016, from 6-10pm the Outback Climbing Center will be hosting the annual bouldering competition: Boulderdash! This awesome event brings UCSD and San Diego climbers together to test their skills on climbing routes set specifically for this competition. Competitors will climb without ropes or harnesses on different short routes. It is a point based comp and there will be great prizes from the competition sponsors to be awarded to top finishers. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out with climbing or an experienced climber! This competition is for all abilities since there will be routes for each skill level. Bring some friends and come out and have fun! Schedule:
  • Doors open at 5:00pm
  • Climbing Competition will begin at 5:30pm and wrap up at 8:30pm
  • The Final Round is from 8:30-9:30pm for top finishers
  • $25 for students/ $35 for all others. Entrance is free for those not competing.
*Competition entry includes an Allied Climbers of San Diego membership. Sign up online here or at any of our facilities. Questions? Call Outback Climbing Center (858-822-1996) or email them at climbingcenter@ucsd.edu
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FitFest 2017 Recap

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Thank you to everyone who participated in FitFest 2017! FitFest is our most anticipated annual event where students get the chance to sample out a class or two offered here at UCSD Recreation to see what's the best fit for you! Sample classes range from Yoga, Zumba, Bicycle Cycling and more. Watch the video below to see how much everyone who participated enjoyed their FREE Fitness and Yoga classes, food truck, and LIVE DJ!
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Upcoming One Day Fall Workshops!

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Don't have time in your busy schedule to dedicate to a class? Not to worry! We have several one-day fall workshops you can join to learn something new. Check out four awesome workshops coming your way.
Drop by and drop some bars son! Open session to cyher, collaborate, craft rhymes, and meet other members of the UC San Diego Hip-Hop Community.
Fri 5:30-7pm | October 14 | Tiki Room (Main Gym) | Free
Learn how to make the perfect, delicious and savory filling! We will construct a traditional quiche with bacon and a vegetarian one with spinach and goat cheese. Great for entertaining!
Mon 5-7pm | Oct 24 | Lutheran Church | $25
Learn the art of tamale making and be introduced to banana leaf tamales, two other types of tamales in the husks and the accompanying fillings and toppings! A must for the tamale lover!
Mon 5-7pm | Nov 7 | Lutheran Church | $25
Join Chef Carmen as she teaches the art of burrito making, complete with homemade flour tortillas, savory fillings and bumpin' salsa.
Mon 5-7pm | Nov 28 | Tiki Room (Main Gym) | $25
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Meet the Beach 2016 Recap Video

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Please enjoy our UC San Diego Recreation recap from our 2016 Meet the Beach welcome week event. Thank you to all the students, staff, administrators and vendors who made this event a success!
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Sports Club’s Award Winners!

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To highlight all the amazing things our Sports Club athletes, coaches and teams have accomplished this year, we celebrated with the 2016 Sports Club Banquet on June 3rd. Seven individuals were honored at the banquet and won awards because they were nominated by their peers and our staff for their talents and contributions to their teams as well as the program. Congratulations! The awards are: MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Dylan Shives-Ice Hockey Dylan
  • Second year captain
  • Leads the team on and off the ice
  • In 12 games, Dylan scored 23 goals and added 8 assists for 31 points
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Hannah Hurd-Women’s Soccer Hannah
  • Most consistent player on the team
  • Stepped into a starting role flawlessly
  • Filled in as a leader
  • Played a key role in upsetting reigning national champs UCLA, 4-1
MALE CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR David Liberman-Swim David
  • With support of co-captain and other officers, he created the UCSD Swim Club
  • Highly resourceful-reached out to other organizations to find a collegiate league and learned tips from other successful swim programs
  • Responsible, willing to drive people and pick up the pieces for events
  • Recruited both of the team’s coaches
  • Steps in to coach if the coach is absent
  • Encourages team bonding outside the pool
FEMALE CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR Amy Schwartz-Women’s Soccer Amy
  • Has run the UCSD Women’s Club Soccer program for the past 3 years
  • Highly organized—always responds to emails in a timely manner, asks questions, almost always has everything done before the deadline and sometimes before its requested
  • WGSA has asked her multiple times to work for the league—they need it
  • Has often stepped in and helped the Men’s Club Soccer team
  • Took on the role of coach and captain this year
  • Constantly encourages a sense of community and representing Sports Clubs at the highest level on and off the field
COACH OF THE YEAR Philip Brault-Women’s Volleyball Phillip
  • Women’s Volleyball coach for 3 years
  • Went from being competitive in silver bracket at Nationals to fifth in the nation
  • Creates an environment for success
JEFF SIMON MEMORIAL AWARD Caleb Richter-Surf caleb
  • Unparalleled enthusiasm and excitement for surf
  • First to show up to practice
  • Absolutely committed to the team
DUSTIN NEWELL MEMORIAL AWARD Chris Griebenow-Men’s Volleyball chris
  • Co-President and Social Chair for Men’s Volleyball
  • Organized social events with other clubs
  • Encouraged his teammates to attend various home games and each event
ONE TEAM AWARD Men’s Volleyball VOLLEYBA
  • Represented in all Sports Club community events
  • Multiple members of the team were present in various games throughout the year, supporting fellow Sports Club teams
  • Best team articles
  • Best (appropriate) hecklers
  • Honorable mention-Women’s Water Polo
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD Men’s Soccer soccer
  • Campus Clean-up
  • San Diego Food Bank
  • Pinkout game-National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Honorable mention-UCSD Sailing team
Congratulations to our amazing Sports Clubs athletes, coaches, and teams! It sounds like you had an awesome year and we are excited to see what next year holds! If you want to join a UCSD Sports Club team, find out more information here: http://sportsclubs.ucsd.edu/ #GetCompetitive
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Swim, Fundraise, Save a Life!

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Swim 24 Banner The Swim24Challenge is back at Canyonview August 27-28 from 12pm–12pm. We are calling for anyone who wants to volunteer or participate for a great cause– swim safety and the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation. The Swim24Challenge brings swimmers of all ages and all levels together for a 24 hour swim relay, groups of 12 participants form a team and they can either compete for glory or just for fun. All swimmers/teams must be registered and have met their minimum required fundraising goal one week prior to the start of the event. They must also sign both a waiver and media release form. Not a swimmer? That’s ok! We're looking for both volunteers and participants. Registration and more details can be found at swim24.org
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Wilderness Orientation Trips 2016

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Are you new, incoming student to UCSD and want to meet lifelong friends before the school year even starts? Are you adventurous and outdoorsy too? Well check out Wilderness Orientation (WO)! With Wilderness Orientation, you can take trips dedicated to surfing, canoeing, backpacking, camping, and so much more! Trips take place in August or September depending on which one you choose and last anywhere from 5 to 9 days. WO is a great way to meet people who also love the outdoors, bond with them on the trip, and come to UCSD in September already knowing some friendly faces on campus. Experience is not necessary! Your guides will help you learn the skills you need, and maybe you can even transfer those skills to when you start exploring the area around UCSD too!

If you are a going to be a freshman in the Fall, you can choose from: Baja Surf Safari 9 Day (Aug 26-Sept 3 or Sept 6-14) Black Canyon Canoe (Sept 9-14) Catalina Island Adventure (Aug 20-Aug 24) Sea Kayak Baja California (Aug 26-Sept 3 or Sept 6-14) Sierra Nevada Backpack (Aug 26-Sept 3 or Sept 6-14) Check out trip details and register here.

If you are a Transfer student: Transfer Student Backpack in the Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park (Aug 26-Sept 3) Check out trip details and register here.

For Grad students: Grad School Orientation Black Canyon Canoe (Aug 29-Sept 2) Check out trip details and register here.

School of Medicine: Outdoor Experience MSI Incoming students (Aug 22-24) Check out trip details and register here.

Students have said that attending Wilderness Orientation was one of their best decisions  they have made while attending college. Not only did they get to explore an amazing location, but they were able to come to campus already having a close group of friends too. Start your time off at UCSD with an adventure by attending one of our Wilderness Orientations!

If you have further questions, contact (858) 534-0684

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Summer Fun Continues with Recreation

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Whether you are sticking around this summer due to summer session classes, jobs, or just to enjoy the beautiful La Jolla summer weather, don’t forget to check out what UCSD Recreation has to offer! There are still all sorts of programs and classes that happen over the summer, and here is a list of just a few.

Intramural Sports

Did you know that intramurals still go on over the summer? Well they do! Basketball (men’s and coed), soccer, and softball intramurals will be played this summer and would be a great way to casually workout while playing a favorite sport with friends in your free time.

Yoga Pass

We offer a Fitness-Yoga Pass that gives fitness fanatics the ability try all different types of yoga classes! The Fitness-Yoga Pass ($75 for students) is an unlimited pass for buyers to use for either Summer Session 1 or 2. If you are too busy to get an unlimited pass, there’s also a 10-Time Fitness-Yoga Pass ($60 for students) that gives access to 10 yoga sessions and it never expires!

*Passes can be used for most yoga classes, not all. Must purchase in-person at one of our facilities.

Outback Adventures Rentals

If you are an adventurous person who plans on doing some exploring this summer, head to the Outback Adventures rental shop in Pepper Canyon! Equipment can be rented for any sort of outdoor exploring you might be doing. They have watersports equipment if you want to surf at La Jolla Shores or kayak at the cove; camping equipment for a weekend away with friends; and a lot of other equipment that will make your outdoor adventure affordable and more enjoyable.

Cross Fitlife

Summer is the perfect time to get back in shape, so make sure to check out our Cross Fitlife class! It is an all-inclusive workout that focuses on increasing stamina, power, flexibility, and strength and is formatted to be comparable to trademark workouts such as CrossFit, P90X, Insanity, and more!

Swim Incentive Program

Canyonview Pool is open all summer, so if you want to stay in shape through swimming, start our Swim to Santa Barbara Swim Incentive Program! You’ll keep track of your laps in a logbook at Canyonview and the goal is to swim 340,000 yards (approximately 200 miles) which is equal to the distance from La Jolla to Santa Barbara. This is an individual program so you can try to finish this as quickly as possible, or take as long as you want! It never expires.

*Inquire in person at Canyonview Pool; lap swim hours are posted online

Tennis Classes

With warmer summer weather coming, it’s a good idea to find an activity that gets you outside and sweating! Taking one of our Tennis Rec Classes would do that for you while helping you sharpen your skills. There’s classes from Beginning to Advanced, so no matter your skill level, you can sign up!

Bootcamp Workout in the Gym-Strength and Flexibility Training

Want to improve your strength and flexibility in a fun yet challenging way? Want a great, well rounded workout? Sign up for our Bootcamp Workout in the Gym! It focuses on total body strength, flexibility, and endurance. It’s the perfect cross training for any sport or just for getting in shape. Be prepared to work hard!

Sports Clubs

It’s never too early to start planning for next year! Look over all the Sports Clubs we have and pick out one you’d like to join so you are prepared in the Fall to sign up. They are a great way to keep in shape, meet people with similar interests, and you even get to travel with them too! A list of all the Sports Clubs can be found on our new website. Get training now!

Weight Rooms

All of our weight rooms, gyms, and pools will be open, so feel free to continue to work out on your own. Hours are slightly different over the summer, so make sure to visit our website to view them.

*Note: if you are not taking summer session, you will have to sign up for a Rec Card in order to still have access to our facilities.

Massages

Has this school year gotten you super stressed? Well to help you out, try out one of our various massages! Indulge yourself and relax with a private massage with one of our certified massage therapists in our Rejuvenations Massage Therapy center located in Main Gym. It will help you reduce stress, improve circulation, pain relief, and is great for overall health maintenance.

Hopefully one or more of these ideas sounds appealing to you and will help make your summer more enjoyable while staying in shape. Or, check out our brand new website to find the perfect activity for your lifestyle! There’s so much we offer that I’m sure you can find the right fit for you. Either way, continue to #GetRecd with UCSD Recreation this summer!

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Swim to Santa Barbara at Canyonview!

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Don’t worry, you won’t be swimming in open waters! You can swim to Santa Barbara with the Swim for Fitness Incentive program simply by swimming laps at Canyonview Pool. Participants in the program can come to Canyonview Pool anytime during lap swim hours and record the yards they swam each session in the swim log binder located on the Canyonview front desk. The goal is to swim 340,000 yards (approximately 200 miles), which is equal to the distance from San Diego to Santa Barbara.

Time Estimates:

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  • A participant swimming 5,000 yards/day 5x a week will take ~ 3-4 months to complete the swim
  • A participant swimming 3,000 yards/day 5x a week will take ~ 5-6 months to complete the swim
  • A participant swimming 2,000 yards/day 5x a week will take ~ 8.5 months to complete the swim
  • A participant swimming 1,000 yards/day 5x a week will take ~ 1 year and 4 months to complete the swim
The swim log binder has 113 boxes that each represent 3,000 yards, and participants shade in one when a set of 3,000 yards is completed. Once every box is shaded in, you’ve swam to Santa Barbara! IMG_0499IMG_0500IMG_0506IMG_1066 Everyone who swims the entire 340,000 yards will receive a UCSD Recreation Swim Incentive T-shirt and a spot on Canyonview’s Wall of Fame to recognize their grand accomplishment. This is a great program for recreational swimmers who want to challenge themselves to swim greater distances on a regular basis. Since the program has no specific start and end date, it is a good, healthy way to take a break from studying and get active anytime throughout the year. *no Master’s swimmers please So join in, get wet, have fun, and stay fit by starting your swim to Santa Barbara today! Lap swim hours can be found by clickinghere. Any questions can be answered by calling Canyonview Aquatic Center at (858) 534-5375 or by visiting their location.
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Do you Dyno? Test your Dyno Rock Climbing Skills Nov 10!

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2015-Outback-Dyno-Competition-Digital-Sign- Are you an experienced Dyno climber? Or do you have no clue what Dyno climbing even is? Either way, you should come out and compete/watch the Dyno Competition at Outback Adventures Climbing Center on November 10th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm! Dyno is a move in rock climbing where both your hands and feet leave the wall to get to the next hold. In this Dyno Competition, there will be 12 climbs. Each one will have assigned point values depending on the difficulty and the goal is to do the most climbs and earn the most points before falling 3 times. It is a $10 participation fee for UCSD students and $15 for community… but is completely free to watch! Participants should bring climbing shoes and chalk, along with a brush made for bouldering if owned. Prizes will be gear from Hippy Tree and Madrock, and Adidas Outdoor and Adventure 16 will be selling gear at discounted prices! Grab your gear and register online now! For more information about the Outback Climbing call (858) 822-1996 or email climbingcenter@ucsd.edu.  
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And the Award Goes to… 2015 Sports Clubs Banquet Winners

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We are wrapping up our season with the 2015 Sports Clubs Banquet, held on May 29th, 2015, to highlight all the amazing things our athletes, coaches and teams have accomplished this year. We will also be honoring 7 individuals who were nominated by their peers or our staff for their talents and contributions to their teams as well as the program. And the award goes to….

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Andrew Hinkle – Baseball 1
  • Led the nation in hits (54)
  • 4th in the nation in RBI’s (38)
  • 6th in the nation in batting average (.537)
Ryan De Leon – Men’s Lacrosse 2
  • 2015 MCLA Honorable Mention All-America Defense
  • 2015 SLC 1st Team All-Conference Defense
  • 2014 SLC 1st Team All-Conference Defense
  • 2013 SLC All-Freshman

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Melissa Keller – Women’s Volleyball 3
  • Multiple first-team All-league and MVP awards
  • National Recognition
  • Motivator on and off the court

CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR

Amy Schwartz – Women’s Soccer 4
  • As Keeper, has stopped two penalty kicks, one against UCSB, the other CalPoly SLO (both kept the team in the game).
  • Amy has been the Women’s Club Soccer Captain for the past two years and will be returning as a senior. She is highly organized and always in communication with the Sports Clubs Office keeping the team in excellent standing with the program, their league and National Governing Body.
  • She was instrumental in the success of the 6thand 7th Annual UCSD Club Soccer Invitationals and led their team to 1st in league this past spring.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Tyler Callaway – Surf Team 5
  • Has coached the Surf Team for over 15 years
  • Believes in coaching more than great athletes, and he strives to develop strong leaders who will make a difference after they graduate and start careers of their own.
  • Instrumental in securing sponsors like Rusty and Mountain Dew for the Surf Team to reduce costs to the athletes.

DUSTIN NEWELL MEMORIAL AWARD 

Olivia Hadidian – Women’s Soccer 6
  • Despite being injured and unable to play, led the team on and off the field
  • Liaison between the Women’s Club Soccer Team and other Sports Clubs teams to encourage cross-team events and support
  • Represents the Sports Clubs program and Recreation department as a member on the new Recreation Student Advisory Board (REC S.A.B.)

 JEFF SIMON MEMORIAL AWARAD 

Samuel Rohrbach – Sailing Team 7
  • First year varsity skipper
  • Coordinated the team’s first international competition and assisted team to 3rd place finish in Western Canada Cup
  • Participate in Tall Ships Sailing as a crew member on the Irving Johnson

THE “ONE TEAM AWARD”

Women’s Club Soccer 9
  • Participated in every Sports Clubs Community event from Dodgeball and Bowling to the Campus Clean-Up event.
  • Traveled to Occidental College to cheer on the Men’s Lacrosse Team in their first round of playoffs
  • Supported Men’s Lacrosse, Baseball, Men’s Soccer and other teams throughout the year
  • Worked with the Surf Team to make sandwich lunches for the homeless community
Congrats to all of our Sports Clubs superstars!! Want to get in the game with UC San Diego Sports Clubs? Find out more information here!
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UCSD’s Powerlifters Get Rec’d in the 2015 Powerlifting Contest

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Some of UCSD’s strongest students showed up in full force on Saturday for UC San Diego Recreation’s Powerlifting Contest. Powerlifting is a showcase of physical and mental strength. For this competition each lifter had three attempts at maximal weight on two different lifts: bench press and deadlift. The best lift in each discipline was recorded and then added together for each lifter’s total for the contest. The highest total won each weight class, calculated by the weight they lifted compared to their own body weight. Winner’s Included: MALE 123: David Nguyen 132: Benjamin Kim 148: Miguel Angel 165: Daniel Macks Female: 105: Tina Garcia OVERALL WINNER: Daniel Macks with a pound for pound ratio of 566.32! Thank you to all of the participants and congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Powerlifting Contest! "Tina Garcia wins 1st place for women!" "Tina Garcia with her winning deadlift of 165 pounds!" "Daniel Macks becomes overall winner!" "Daniel Macks benching his winning weight of 330 pounds!" "David Nguyen wins 1st place in 123 weight class!" "Benjamin Kim wins 1st place in 132 weight class!" "Miguel Angel wins 1st place in the 142 weight class!" "Congratulations to all of the participants of Recreation's 2015 Powerlifting Contest!" "Thank you to all the staff that came out to support this great event!"
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Workout at Work!

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Are you a busy professional who has been putting off your fitness goals? Do you struggle to find time to exercise? Good news! The answers to these questions could be right in front of you. While it is clear that UCSD is a very busy and demanding place for students and staff alike, the ability to take a short fitness break in your day can improve your work and personal life in ways you may have never thought of…and it is all available right here on campus! 393113_786798498526_377501674_n   In a recent interview with Rubi Trevino, the Assistant Director for the Student Foundation in the Alumni Community Engagement department, she discussed the challenge of making wellness a priority and the ways she fits it into her hectic schedule. Rubi has been a Rec Card member at UC San Diego Recreation for the last year and a half and has taken a variety of classes in everything from ballet tostrength training for women. What steps has Rubi taken to be able to take these classes and make fitness a priority? She makes sure she takes classes scheduled either around noon or after 5pm. By doing this she can use her lunch break to take the class or go after work and still finish in time to catch the 6:45pm bus home! Rubi agrees there are difficult parts, like having to work through other lunch breaks, but she believes it is more than worth the effort. Rubi noted two major work benefits to making fitness a priority– greater work satisfaction and focus. When she has a scheduled reason to get out of the office, even just twice a week, she finds it helps her focus, stay more attentive and be more productive at work. Rubi has noticed a difference in her working abilities during quarters that she is taking classes and working out compared to others where she is entirely work focused. Physical activity has been shown to sharpen focus, possibly because it can help trigger the release of chemicals in the brain that are thought to affect learning and memory. One report from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that aerobic exercise in particular may improve immediate and long-term functioning in regions of the brain relating to attention. Classes are offered at different locations across campus including RIMAC at the north of campus and Main Gym in Muir. Other Recreation facilities on campus that can help staff increase their fitness and well-being include the pool and gym at Canyon View Aquatic Center near Warren College. With all of these different options, there are many ways for staff to increase the importance of fitness in their life. Take advantage of the fact that UCSD is wellness friendly and has many fitness options. Working out not only helps you achieve your fitness and wellness goals, it also can help increase the productivity of your mind at work!
  Check out some of these great new classes for Spring– perfect during your lunch break or after work! Energy Barre – The latest in high energy barre workouts. Jump into this combo of ballet barre and hip hop dance moves for great toning and booty shaking. Mondays 5-6 p.m. April 6-June 1 Afro-Caribbean Dance – Poly rhythms is where it’s at. Come explore the rhythms from Africa and the Caribbean and free yourself out on the dance floor. Tuesdays 4-5 p.m. April 7-May 26 House Dance – Come vibe and shake to the sounds of underground dance music. Get your move and groove ready for the Sun God Festival. Thursdays 5-6 p.m. April 9-May 28 T’ai Chi – Go internal and find the power and energy within while learning the slow but purposeful movements of this ancient Chinese martial art. Wednesdays 12-1 p.m. April 8-May 27 Fridays 4-5 p.m. April 10-May 29 Women’s Self Defense – Develop awareness of your surroundings and learn how to avoid physical confrontations. The class is formatted to address each student’s individual concerns. Wednesdays 5:30-7 p.m. April 8-May 27 Coed Basketball – This intro class will focus more than just the fundamentals of shooting, dribbling and footwork. You will have an opportunity to beat “Brick” in a one-on-one. Priceless. Fridays 11-12n April 10-May 29 Dance Fusion – Join instructor “Firework” for an abbreviated class that will intro hip hop, jazz, contemporary and pop dance forms. Be ready for anything. Fridays 12-1 p.m. April 10-May 1 MMA Workout – Push yourself to your limits using total body movements and timed rounds based on martial arts techniques. No uniforms. No excuses! Mondays 5:30-5:55 pm April 4-June 1 The NEW Step –Looking for a workout that burns fat and tones your legs? This is what you want! Step workouts combine the cardio, fat burning effect of the elliptical or treadmill with the dance rhythms of Zumba. Wednesdays 5-5:55 p.m. April 8-May 27 Poundin’ Pedals – Beginning to advanced riders will benefit from this highly motivating and effective mash-up of interval drills, climbs, sprints and core strengthening cycle workout. The music will make the time fly by as fast as your legs!  Monday & Wednesdays 12-12:50 p.m. April 6-June 1 Pilates & Planks – Combining the best of both worlds, this 55 minute class will challenge your core from all directions! It will have a quick pace between traditional Pilates exercises to challenge your alignment and stabilization.Then when you think you’ve had enough – we will include fun and innovative ways to plank. Thursdays 7:30-8:25 a.m. April 9-May 28 Register now for Spring Recreation!
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Grab Your Racquet and Play Smarter, Not Harder

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“My motto is to play smarter, not harder and this is exactly what I teach my students” says Tad Yamaguchi, coach of the Beginning and Advanced Beginning Tennis Rec Class. With over 30 years of coaching experience, Tad brings his own unique touch to every practice. The practices are broken into two parts: a warmup and a collection of different drills that work on everything from footwork to proper racquet swings. Once Tad has explained the maneuvers the rest of the practice is used to perfect the drills and get you ready to play tennis at a more advanced level. The Tennis Rec Classes have various levels of expertise to offer students, ranging from first picking up a racquet to a nighttime workout for advanced players to keep tennis skills sharp. Most classes are an hour in length and meet two times a week– providing a very flexible schedule to fit into a busy UCSD life while still staying active. All that students need to bring are their own racquet, comfortable shoes and workout clothes! As Tad points out, “Having fun is probably one of the more important aspects of these classes”. So grab a friend and a racquet and join us out on the courts! Interested in Tennis Rec Classes? Sign up here.  DSC_0040 DSC_0236 DSC_0282
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Dance for a Cause at the 4th Annual Zumbamania

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DSC_0267 Grab your red gear and come join us for a FREE 90 minute Zumba class at the 4th annual Zumbamania this February 6th from 7–9pm at Main Gym! Zumba is a fitness phenomenon which includes both dance and aerobics elements. Choreography incorporates hip-hop, salsa, merengue, mambo and more! So if you love Zumba or have always wanted to try it out, now is the perfect time. Wear red and dance to support the nations leading cause of death in women– heart disease. Grab your valentine or friend for a night of fun and dance for a good cause. Students, Faculty/Staff and Rec Card holders can register for free at the event and join the facebook event for real time updates. We’ll see you Friday on the dance floor!
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Get in the Game with Intramural Sports this Quarter!

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So you’ve heard people around campus talking about Intramurals, but you still aren’t sure what Intramural Sports are all about… IM01   What are Intramural Sports? Intramural’s offer individual, dual and team sports for males and females (and also co-ed teams)! Why join an Intramural Sports Team? Intramural Sports have many benefits to work up a sweat, socialize with your friends, get competitive, blow off steam and reduce stress! What type of Intramural Sports are offered? UC San Diego Recreation offers a variety of sports which vary from quarter to quarter. Activities range from traditional sports like basketball and soccer to non-traditional sports like inner tube waterpolo and dodgeball. Winter Sports include: basketball, soccer, 4-on-4 volleyball, team bowling and passing league football. When do Intramurals meet? Most teams play once a week and matches are scheduled during the weekday evenings and weekends. How do I sign up? Registration and schedules are now all online at imleagues.com. Can you register by yourself? Yes! You can join onto a already existing team as an individual or grab a group of friends to form your own team. Do I need to be experienced in the sport before joining? Nope! Sports are open to all skill levels. What if I missed a deadline? You can join a wait list on imleagues.com What are you waiting for?!  Winter leagues are filling up fast, sign up now!
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The Keyword Is Balance– A Chat with our New Dietitian

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Are you worried that you aren’t getting the right nutrients in your diet? Are you thinking that this holiday season is going to add more unhealthy food than usual into your diet? prashila-headshot Well, our new Registered Dietitian, Prashila Mistry, has some helpful hints for the holiday season and pointers that can be used every day to live a healthier lifestyle. If these pointers are not enough, she also has “open office hours” every Wednesday from 3-4pm, free of charge, or you can schedule a private or group nutrition consultationwith her. Q: What is the biggest mistake that college students make in their diet? A: Many students put school first as a priority which means that their diet, nutrition and health become a second priority. However, this needs to be at the top of your to-do list because if you aren’t healthy you can’t get good grades! Q: Since many students hurry to get to morning classes so they often skip breakfast, what would you recommend for a fast, healthy breakfast? A: A lot of people forget that you can eat food that isn’t necessarily a breakfast food for breakfast. If you are running short on time you can eat something as simple as toast with hummus and some carrots, or toast with whipped cream cheese and blue berries on top. The important thing to remember is that the meal needs to be balanced with protein, fruits or vegetables and carbohydrates to get your day started. Also, always make sure to eat within an hour of waking up, even if it is just something small. Q: Do you have any recommendations on how to keep eating a balanced diet even during the holidays, when people often eat more and a greater variety of food than they typically eat? A: The important thing to focus on, especially at Thanksgiving, is to stay mindful of what you are eating and how much you are eating. Ask yourself if you truly are still hungry or whether you are still enjoying eating, because a lot of the time we just keep eating without realizing we are actually making ourselves uncomfortable. A good trick is to have normal snacks throughout the day on Thanksgiving to make sure you are not starving by the time you get to eating. Also make sure to not fill up on appetizers and then attempt to eat an entire turkey dinner (that will just be painful!), and when eating dinner put your fork down in between bites because that gives your body time to digest and process that you might not be hungry anymore. Q: What is one final thought you would want to instill in college students’ minds? A: I think the most important thing to remember is that it’s not about following a specific diet, it’s just about being balanced and eating what you need for your lifestyle- therefore it is different for everyone. In excess anything you eat will cause you to gain weight, so you should focus on eating the amount that you will use in energy. If you stick to the idea of myplate (pictured below) and eat balanced meals you are going to be just fine. myplate_white If these questions got you thinking about modifying your eating habits then schedule your private or group consultation with Prashila today!  E-mail or call: psmistry@ucsd.edu or 858.822.0372 keep-calm-and-ask-a-dietitian-12
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