Programs offered at REC provide a healthy way to have fun

Olivia Alvord, Staff Writer


The Charneski Recreation Center (REC) offers a variety of diverse programs and activities for people who are dedicated to fitness, as well as people who want to get out of their comfort zone and have fun. Fitness classes, like Zumba and Thai Chi, are offered numerous times throughout the week. Below you will find a detailed explanation of all the fitness class as well as information about intramural sports, and the Saints Outdoor Adventure Recreation (SOAR) program.

Zumba is an aerobic fitness program that features fast and slow rhythms, with dance moves inspired by Latin American cultural dances. Zumba fitness classes are based on a fun and easy workout that sculpts your body in the process. These classes are available Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 5:00-6:30 p.m., in the upstairs studio of the REC. The environment is fun and upbeat, and the instructors offer a welcoming environment that encourages newcomers.

HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training, is offered in the studio on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 in the morning. This training class requires 100 percent effort for the intense bursts of exercise, which are followed by short recovery periods. This is the class for someone who wants to get in shape, but doesn’t know how to go about it. The instructor is very encouraging throughout the 45-minute workout.

Yoga is a physical workout as well as a workout for the mind. It is an intense workout that will make you sweat while connecting your breathing with your movement. If you’re up for a relaxing, yet challenging workout, come out to the studio on Monday afternoons from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and on Tuesday mornings from 7:00-8:00.

Pound fitness is a workout inspired by the fun you experience when playing the drums, that includes cardio and weight training as well as rhythmic techniques from Pilates. This cardio-packed jam session leaves you dripping in sweat and feeling like you can conquer the world. You can rock out in the studio on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 and Wednesday afternoons from 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Cardio Kickboxing is a workout specific to the cardiovascular system. It combines boxing, martial arts, and aerobics, while also including traditional cardio kickboxing movements, like kicks and punches. If this is your jam, make sure to come out to the studio on Wednesday evenings from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Barre classes have just recently been added to the long list of fitness classes. Barre is offered in the studio on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30, here you can gain full body strength through a rigorous fitness class. The instructor helps you focus on your strength and alignment for better posture and flexibility while using the ballet barre to sculpt your entire body.

Mixxed Fit is a dance-based fitness class that incorporates boot camp-toning techniques with explosive dance moves. It takes place in the studio on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30

MMA Conditioning is a new fitness class offered in the studio on Wednesday nights from 4:30-5:30. MMA Conditioning is a full body workout. This is an intense class for those looking to take their traditional workout to the next level. Here you will learn to strike and move just like the MMA pros, all while getting some great exercise during this killer workout.

Thai Chi is a traditional Chinese form of exercise that incorporates deep breathing into movements that are done in a slow and focused manner. If you’re up for a cultural experience during your workout, it is offered in the studio on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

There are also numerous Intramural Sports offered in the evenings, so establish a team and prepare to compete. Winter league sports include 4 v 4 volleyball, 5 v 5 basketball, and ultimate frisbee. If you are interested in those you will have until next January to make your team, as the season just ended. Registration is going on now until April 3 for archery tag and until March 29 for soccer, so be sure to sign up.

The SOAR program is a mix of various activities that are offered on Saturdays. You can participate in go kart racing, hiking, indoor rock climbing, snowshoeing and snowboarding trips for a small fee of $15. Trips meet at the REC where students are required to fill out a participation form to attend. Indoor rock climbing is happening soon, and no experience is necessary, so be sure to sign up at the link below

If there is something that the REC does not currently offer, feel free to swing by, or email David Crawford, Director of Campus Recreation, he is always up for new ideas that encourage student involvement.

Sign up for all programs and activities at

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