Group Fitness is offering a unique class called “Tigerpump” this semester at 5pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Tiger Room. Last week I decided to venture out and give Tigerpump a trial run. My first comment about the class is, gentlemen, check your egos at the door. As a guy when I walked into the class my first thought was that this class would be a breeze. The class involves weights, and when I was told that we would only uses 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 7:30a.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 was a mix of people in the class from girls to guys 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,
Club Sport of the Month- Men’s Lacrosse
April has come and with the spring weather we have been having, Men’s Club Lacrosse is the perfect spring sport to highlight! Logan Riley, the Officer of Public Relations for the Men’s Lacrosse team answered a few questions for us:
When was The Men’s Lacrosse team established? We first started in 1981.
How long is your season? Our season goes from January to the end of April and if we make the playoffs, into May.
What upcoming competitions are you preparing for? We have a game on April 7 against Georgia here in Auburn at 2:00 at the Hutsell Track Field. We also have Alabama in Birmingham on April 19 and Tennessee in Knoxville on April 20.
Does your team have any recent achievements that you are especially proud of? We are undefeated so far in league play and headed to a #1 seed in the SELC tournament.
What is a tradition your team has? After every win, we gather as a team and sing the fight song. We’ve also played Georgia Tech and UGA every year since 1981
What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Auburn? My favorite part of playing a club sport at Auburn is that we get the opportunity to travel and compete with other teams without the heavy commitment of a varsity sport.
How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like? We practice 4 days a week for more or less 2 hours. Practice consists of a good warm up and stretches, followed by an hour of drills and ending with full field scrimmages and running.
What is it like to travel around and play different schools? It’s really exciting to go on another schools campus and play in an away environment. Every school we’ve played has had a good fan base and the competition we get to see is great.
What is your best memory about Club Sports? My favorite memory of Club Sports is the friendships that I’ve gained with my teammates, not only from my grade, but across the board.
What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts? The Lacrosse team has a table at O-Days every year where students can sign up for our mailing list. For any other information about the club, contact Logan Riley (firstname.lastname@example.org). Typically we have enough interest to hold tryouts and limit the roster to 40-42 players.
We wish the best of luck to the Auburn Men’s Lacrosse team at their game this Sunday at 2 pm! I hope you enjoyed learning more about Auburn’s Lacrosse team and hope you check out the game this weekend!
From the Get Fit Family!
U-Jam Group Fitness Class
If you like Zumba, then U-Jam is the fitness class for you! This dance class is upbeat, fast paced and a ton of fun. Hannah, the instructor, choreographed different workout dances to different songs. If you can follow along then you can easily be apart of this class. I went to Hannah’s class at 4 pm in The Village, and she is a very enthusiastic instructor who wants her students to get the best work out possible. Hannah answered a few questions for me about the class:
What’s your favorite part about teaching U-Jam? I really enjoy the fact that it’s upbeat and very dynamic.
What are the benefits for students to come to this class? Because the format is so dynamic, students get a full-body workout, utilizing muscles that are often neglected when working out on repetitive machinery. Plus, it’s FUN…an hour really doesn’t feel like an hour at all…it’s over before you know it and you feel great at the end.
What exercises did we do today? Do the classes vary from day to day? A standard class consists mainly of cardio intervals, all in dance format, as well as strength exercises, which target the arms, legs, gluts, and core. Classes gradually vary to a small extent (I’ll usually change the playlist a little every other week), which makes it easier for returning students to follow choreography and experience a more effective overall workout.
What makes this class different from the other ones? U-JAM offers the broadest range of dance styles—every song is unique and has its own fun flare.
What are the target areas of this workout? As I mentioned above, a standard class consists mainly of cardio intervals, all in dance format, as well as strength exercises, which target the arms, legs, gluts, and core.
Why is the class called U-Jam? The title abbreviates the company’s motto “United, We Jam,” portraying their goal of creating a fun, easy-to –follow workout students of all levels and ages can enjoy. You can find out all you need to know on their website: http://www.ujamfitness.com
So if your looking to get a work out and jam out at the same time this class is for you! This is class is fun and entertaining for everyone participating in the class. Hope to see you at the next class. Stayed tuned for next weeks highlighted Group Fitness class.
From the Get Fit Family,
If you LOVE Intramural Sports and Chipotle read this!
Auburn University Campus Recreation Intramurals and Chipotle have teamed up! Starting March 25th, Chipotle will be making appearances at select intramural games. Be on the look out for the Chipotle banner for some free gifts such as: shirts, water bottles, and coupons for free burritos! Enjoy the free stuff along with watching the teams compete to be in the championship. Chipotle will also be providing the winning teams with a free meal.
The dates for Chipotle coming to the events are:
Monday, March 25 @ 8 pm- Intermediate softball
Thursday, March 28th @ 6 and 7 pm- CO-Rec Soccer
Tuesday, April 2nd @ 7 pm- Large Fraternity
Wednesday, April 10th @ 9 pm- Co-Rec softball
So if you love playing sports and you love eating that delicious Chipotle food, be a part of Intramural Sports, or come support and have a chance of getting some freebies! Hope to see everyone out there!
From the Get Fit Family!
Club Sport of the Month
Another month has come, which means another Auburn Club Sport to be recognized. For the month of March, we have highlighted the Women’s Club Volleyball Team. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Issiac, the president of the club to find out more information about the team. Here is what Jessica had to say:
When was The Women’s Volleyball team established?
I am not sure when the club was established, but I have been president for the last three years.
How long is your season?
We play year round, but our main season is in the spring. We usually go to about two tournaments in the fall and about four in the spring.
What upcoming competitions are you preparing for?
We plan on going to Florida State on March 23 and maybe USF on March 30.
Does your team have any recent achievements that you are especially proud of?
Yes! After years of trying, we were finally able to host our first tournament on Feb. 23 and we won by defeating Alabama in the finals!
What is a tradition your team has?
We like to go to Olive Garden for dinner before we play the next day, and we have a pregame ritual that we do before our matches. That changes year to year, but we even have a special order for shaking hands with the other team before matches.
What is your favorite thing about playing Club Sports at Auburn?
I love that we are still very competitive without being too hardcore. We still have tryouts, so our players are still very good, but we get to go out with each other on the weekends and be a part of other organizations as well. It’s the perfect happy medium.
How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?
Usually we practice twice a week for about two hours each practice, and we do a lot of drills that are self-run, and we like to scrimmage. Sometimes, we like to play the boys team too (and beat them!)
What is it like to travel around and play different schools?
It’s always nice to see other campuses, and since we’re all competitive yet laidback, it’s really fun to just get together with others who simply enjoy the game. All the matches are officiated by other teams at the tournament, so there’s a level of respect that you have to have for the game and for other teams. Travel is also a great time for our teammates to bond, and we always have a good time at various Olive Gardens together.
What is your best memory about Club Sports?
Playing on this team has allowed me to make friends that I will keep forever. I know that sounds so cliché, but it’s true! I have had friends come and go in college and in high school, but two of the girls that are also my teammates are my friends ‘till the end. We are an absolute riot when we are together!
What if someone is interested in playing your sport? How can they find out more information? Are there tryouts?
The best thing for someone to do is find our table at Organization Days in the fall. We give out information about our team, and tryouts are usually held the week after O-days. We usually keep about 20 girls year round unless we have issues filling a position.
Check back for next months club sport of the month!
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