Rules of Recreation #8 - Try Something Different
“Step outside of your comfort zone. Take chances, not foolish chances but take chances because you never know what the world has for you out there.”
- Bo Jackson
Whether it’s a workout routine you’ve never attempted or a sport you have never played, step outside your comfort zone and get involved!
Group Fitness is offering a unique class called “Tigerpump” this semester at 5 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Tiger Room. Last week, I decided to venture out and give Tigerpump a trial run. My first observation about the class was, gentlemen, check your egos at the door. As a guy, my first thought was that this class would be a breeze. The class involves weights, and when I was told that we would only use at most 40 pounds, I thought the class would be easy. This was not the case. While the weight may be relatively light, the reps are not. Susannah, the instructor, informed the group at the start that the workout consists of 800 repetitions! The class incorporated all body parts, and gives a great full body pump by the end. Each body part is broken into a section. During that section music is playing and you work that body part for the full length of a song. The music selection was upbeat and hip. We did squats to songs like Fall Out Boys “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” and Katy Perry’s “Roar”. I also loved the workout because you can adjust the workout to fit your fitness level. The weights are easily changeable so that during the workout you can add or drop weight. Susannah was firing the group up the entire class and really encouraged us all the way through the workout. It was a lot of fun to workout next to friends and classmates. It made me push myself further knowing that my peers were grinding through the workout just like I was. Tigerpump offers a different type of workout than I have ever done, and it was a great addition to my usual workout routine. Tigerpump is an awesome class and I will definitely be going back for another great workout.
Auburn Outdoors Mountain Biking Clinic
With Auburn Outdoors being the newest program to join Auburn University Campus Recreation, there are a lot of undiscovered events and activities unknown to the Auburn student body.
As students we all have seen the 50-foot rock-climbing wall in the new Recreation and Wellness Center, but few have heard about the Thursday Mountain Biking Clinics. My fellow Marketing staff member Rachel Caruso and I grabbed some of our friends and ventured out to Chewacla State Park with Auburn Outdoors.
The staff members at Auburn Outdoors make the trip as convenient as possible. You register for the class online at recreation.auburn.edu. The registration process is easy and self-explanatory. The class is every Thursday from 3-6 p.m., and you meet at the Recreation and Wellness Center at the Auburn Outdoors entrance just down the stairs on the outside of the main entrance.
When you arrive the staff members fit you for a bike and helmet and explain the ins and outs of the bikes. Next they load the bikes for you onto a trailer and they provide transportation for you out to Chewacla State Park. Once we got to the park the staff took our group down an easier trail for us to warm up and get acclimated with the bikes. Once we warmed up we crossed over to some more intermediate trails.
Our group was compromised of both guys and girls with all ranges of mountain biking experience. At one point in the trip Taylor, one of the Auburn Outdoors staff members, took some of the more experienced bikers on a different trail then the rest of the group. The staff worked well with the different experience levels in the group. No one was left out, but the more experienced bikers were not forced to slow down or wait on the others. Rusty, Taylor and Jen also did a great job of teaching us how to ride through the different trails and obstacles.
It is obvious that they all know what they are doing, and conveyed tips and advice well to the group. At the end, if you wanted to try the mountain biking course Chewacla has, you were more than able to! There is a wooden wall that you can ride on to, which was a lot of fun for the more experienced riders. After a few hours of biking we rode back to the vehicles, loaded up the bikes and headed back to the Recreation and Wellness Center. The class took about 3 hours, with the majority of that time being trail time. This course was a great way to get out of the normal Auburn environment and have fun outside with a group of my friends. It was a great workout, and a lot of fun for everyone in the group.
The kicker to this whole experience, it only costs $2, which is just the entrance fee into Chewacla State Park. I think this was the best $2 my friends and I have spent in a long time.
I recently attended one of the newer classes to come to Auburn Campus Recreation, Aqua Zumba. I absolutely love being in the pool and I was a dancer for eleven years so I figured putting the two together would be pretty awesome.
This class takes place in the Leisure Activity Pool in the three-foot area; just enough water to get you in, but not enough that you have to tread water. So for those of you who can’t swim very well, you can still get in and have no problem at all! There was also a very diverse group of people attending the class, guys and girls alike; Aqua Zumba is for everyone!
Aqua Zumba was pretty intense. You’d think that since the class is in the water that it would be easier but it really is quite challenging. The dance moves are designed specifically for the water. So really you’re not only moving yourself but the water around you. Pushing my way through the water was a lot more difficult than I had expected!
Group fitness instructor Ali B, who is probably one of the peppiest people I’ve met in a while, taught the class. She was so encouraging and full of energy you couldn’t help but get into the class. She stayed on dry land during the class so everyone could see her and was very helpful throughout each dance number.
The pool, the friends, the dance moves, and the music all add up to one great workout. Aqua Zumba has definitely made a splash here at Campus Recreation. So all in all, I would definitely encourage everyone to come try this class.
Check out this video I made from the class!
From the Campus Recreation Family,
Gravity 45- Group Fitness
Among the 140 different Group Fitness classes offered in the New Recreation and Wellness Center, there are a few class names that you might not be familiar with, one being Gravity 45. I was able to experience this class, on Monday at 4 p.m., in the cycling room of the Fitness Tower. Having no idea what this class was going to throw at me, Susannah, the instructor, quickly explained what Gravity 45 was all about.
This is a Chuck Norris inspired workout, so for all you fans out there, this class is for you! Gravity 45 uses the Total Gym workout equipment. Susannah was quick to show us all the possibilities of exercises you can do with the Total Gym. We started off with different leg workouts. Let me tell you, my legs were burning in the first five minutes of squats with this machine! She then showed a series of arms, chest, back and abdominal works you can do with this machine, all which you could really feel the burn. Gravity 45 is really a total bodywork, with the benefits of only using on machine! After taking this class, and learning what they Total Gym really had to offer for my fitness, I can definitely say, this would be a class I would go to all year, and I know I would see results.
Check out Gravity 45 Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in the cycling room, I promise you will not regret it!
From Your Campus Recreation Marketing Team!
TRX Circuit Class - Group Fitness
This past Monday I stepped out of my comfort zone and took the 7:30 a.m. TRX Circuit class. In high school, I was on the wrestling and rugby team and workouts consisted of mostly powerlifting and circuit training. Needless to say, TRX was something I had never done, or really even heard of. When I walked into the class Sarah, the instructor, immediately greeted me. She made me feel welcome and comfortable right from the start. The first thing I noticed in the room were the TRX straps. At first, I was slightly intimidated by the odd-looking workout equipment, but Sarah instantly showed the class how to use and modify the straps to fit you as an individual. The class itself was different than anything I had ever done before. All of the exercises utilize your body weight, and you can make the workout as hard or as easy as you want. The workouts are broken into 3 sections: core, lower body and upper body and the workout had multiple rounds that incorporated each section.
The class only takes 45 minutes but you still receive a full body workout. There were a mix of people in the class from with all different types of fitness backgrounds. It was enjoyable to workout along side my peers and push each other to make it all the way through to the end. The room the TRX class is held in is another selling point for any Group Fitness class. The new Fitness Tower is amazing! The new equipment is clean and well taken care of. The room itself is inviting and conducive to a fitness environment. The most spectacular part of the room is the large windows. While the class is going on you can look out the window and see Jordan-Hare Stadium right across the street. It gives the class a feel that is uniquely Auburn. Overall, I loved the class, from the workout itself, the instructor and the facility. If you come to a TRX class you may just notice me sweating right along side you.
From your Campus Rec Marketing Team,
Finals Week Tips
The dreaded “Finals Week” is closing in on us here at Auburn University, and we here at Campus Recreaction are here to help you get the most out of your finals! I have comprised a list of finals facts and tips to keep you from losing your mind and to help you make the best scores you can on all of your final exams!
In order to get the optimum amount of studying done, you need to get organized! Make a plan of action and stick with it! If you plan out a study schedule you are more likely to actually follow it and get more studying done than if you just study when you feel like it.
While making your plan of action don’t forget to plan snack breaks! Snack breaks may be the best thing ever invented, and not just because you get to procrastinate for a while. While studying, your brain consumes large amounts of glucose, so taking a short snack break will fuel your brain and keep you going. Things like almonds, fruit, and yogurt are great choices!
All exams are not created equal. While we all know how important our finals are to our overall grade, we need to realize that some exams may be a bit more important than others. It is a mistake to consider all of your finals equal if you’re better at one subject than another. Some students think that they should commit equal time to studying for each test. They’re taking away from their opportunity to really commit time where they need it. So while studying everything IS important, it is also important to realize how much study time is actually needed for each subject.
“All Nighters” are NOT the way to go. Your brain needs sleep in order to function! Eight hours is the ideal amount of sleep the night before an exam. It may be tempting to stay up late and study until “you can’t see straight”, but you’re really only cheating yourself out of energy and ability to focus during your exams.
Flashcards are awesome! Don’t underestimate the power of the simple, yet effective flashcard. It has been proven that flashcards can earn you a few more points on a test, and is much healthier than staring at the same page for hours trying to absorb every detail. So go through and decide what the highlights of each chapter are and make flashcards for those things.
Lastly, when the exam is over, let it go! There is no point in worrying over what you could have done after you’ve turned in your exam. Just take a deep breath and trust that all your hard work will pay off.
Now you have all the basic tools to survive finals week. Good luck and War Eagle!
From the Rolling Plains of Dixie,