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Five Things You Need to Know About Campus Recreation Services

Wade King Student Recreation Center on Monday, Sept. 30. // Photo by Jordan Van Beek

By Jordan Van Beek

1. X-Pass Group Fitness Classes

A free demo week of select X-Pass classes are available from Monday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 6, according to the Wade King Student Recreation Center website. Classes for the fall 2019 quarter include Olympic weightlifting, aqua fitness, belly dancing, self defense, yoga and Zumba.

Classes are held every day with unlimited access for $45. The rec center also offers a drop-in pass, which allows students to attend one class at any scheduled time for $5. 

For those not interested in paying for fitness classes, Adam Leonard, director of Campus Recreation Services, said, “The rec center also offers a variety of aquatic and fitness clinics at no charge.”

2. First Step Program

The First Step program is a free program for members of the rec center designed for those who are returning to physical activity after an injury. It is also offered to members who don’t know where to start in the gym. Trainers help participants reach individual goals in five sessions. 

The first session is a consultation with a selected trainer. In the second session, participants will be evaluated on a simple series of movements to help the trainer find the best exercise routine. Finally, in the last three sessions, the trainer will set up a plan that works best in one-hour sessions.

According to the rec center website, participants sign up by completing a questionnaire that is reviewed by the program coordinator. After program completion participants can choose to continue with paid sessions. 

Makena Degolier, front desk attendant at the rec center, said not many students know physical therapy, located in rec center room 146. 

The exercise equipment orientation is another option for learning students. 

“The exercise equipment orientation is to help you be safe, effective and efficient with your time and efforts,” Ron Arnold, fitness coordinator at the rec center said.

3. Intramural Sports

The Campus Recreation Services offers quarterly Intramural Sports for students to compete in, according to the campus rec website. The list of sport leagues for the fall quarter include basketball, flag football, soccer and volleyball. Each Intramural Sport has playoffs of the top teams to compete for the championship in their league.

The Intramural page said, “Intramural playoffs are set up as a bracket tournament. The number of teams that go to playoffs is determined by how many teams are in a league.” 

The top half of the best teams in the league go to the playoffs. The winners of the league for the quarter get an Intramural Champions shirt.

4. Locker Rentals

For frequent rec center visitors who tend to carry a gym bag or backpack, lockers are an option. The website states that rental rates for the lockers depend on their long-term or daily use. A full size, 34 inch by 11 inch locker costs $25 per quarter or $60 per year. A third size, 19 inch by 11 inch locker comes out to $20 per quarter or $40 per year and a hallway locker 15 inch by 11 inch costs $15 per quarter or $20 per year. Students can also get a quarter size, 15 inch by 11 inch locker for a single day, free of charge.

5. Aquatics

The rec center has a swimming pool for all members who bring the proper swim attire, listed on the Campus Rec website. Two lanes for lap swim are open at all times. 

They offer a variety of swim lessons, including one-on-one lessons that meet each person’s needs and fits their schedule. The rec center also has a variety of pool equipment such as inner tubes, noodles, lifejackets, flippers and aqua jogger belts that are available for use. Leonard said students can also utilize the recreation area to relax in the hot tub.

For those who love the pool, birthday party packages are available. This includes a two-hour party with time in the pool and the rock climbing wall. Prices start at $125 for 10 people. After Oct. 5, 2019, parties will only be held Friday night through Sunday, due to the school year beginning.

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