http://campusrec.uncg.edu Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:45:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Friendly Competition http://campusrec.uncg.edu/friendly-competition/ http://campusrec.uncg.edu/friendly-competition/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:17:34 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=13718 On Saturday, March 28th the Campus Rec at UNCG hosted their 2nd annual Bench Press Competition. The event was FREE for students and SRC Members. Participants received a FREE t-shirt, just for completing their 3 attempts. Many patrons came to enjoy some friendly competition. This was my first Bench Press competition as a staff member […]

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Bench Press ParticipantsOn Saturday, March 28th the Campus Rec at UNCG hosted their 2nd annual Bench Press Competition. The event was FREE for students and SRC Members. Participants received a FREE t-shirt, just for completing their 3 attempts. Many patrons came to enjoy some friendly competition.

This was my first Bench Press competition as a staff member and I enjoyed every minute of it. Getting to be a part of something bigger was a great opportunity. This competition brought everyone (staff, students, and SRC Members) together, like a family. I enjoyed getting to be more involved with not only my staff members, but all the participants as well.

Bench Press ParticipantThe focus of this event was not on winning, but on encouraging others and helping them accomplish a set goal. “It was a great experience having the opportunity to showcase where we are in our fitness journey while cheering each other on” (Christina Dartt, Women’s 1st place). The competition moved in a timely manner, making sure that everyone had enough time to warm up.

Overall the event was a success! Everyone enjoyed the positive atmosphere and encouragement from both the staff and other participants. If you could not make it to this year’s competition come get involved with next years competition. For more information on the bench press competition log on to http://campusrec.uncg.edu/fitness/programs/bench-press/.

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2015 Bench Press Competition http://campusrec.uncg.edu/2015-bench-press-competition/ http://campusrec.uncg.edu/2015-bench-press-competition/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:13:52 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=13712 By noon on Saturday, March 28th, the UNCG Campus Recreation weight room was filled with guys and girls all ready to get started on one single purpose, to lift heavy weight. Two benches were set up with hundreds of pounds of weight stacked around them for the lifters to use. Weigh-ins had been completed and […]

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Bench Press ParticipantBy noon on Saturday, March 28th, the UNCG Campus Recreation weight room was filled with guys and girls all ready to get started on one single purpose, to lift heavy weight. Two benches were set up with hundreds of pounds of weight stacked around them for the lifters to use. Weigh-ins had been completed and everybody in the room was eager to start lifting. With skill levels ranging from people who’ve never lifted in a competition before, to seasoned lifters with years of experience underneath their belt, this was going to be without a doubt, an exciting day for everybody involved.

The first to start were the lifters who weighed in for the lighter weight categories. Right off the bat the room was filled with encouraging energy from spectators and lifters alike. Everybody wanted everybody else to succeed on every one of his or her lifts. As the weights got heavier, the lifters began to tire and more cheers erupted from the room to help motivate each lifter. Even as time went on and more plates were added to the bar, the competition and excitement remained at a high level. The shouts and cheers attracted patrons from all around the facility to come and watch as guys and girls tried their hardest on the bench.

Bench Press ParticipantNo matter the weight lifted or the score achieved, everybody was happy to be a part of such a great group of competitors. Despite being tired, competitors still wanted to lift more and more even if it was just for fun. While the competition ended and the scores were being totaled, lifters were still approaching the bench with their friends engaged in friendly rivalry. As the winners were called up to claim their prizes, support was demonstrated from everybody in the room no matter their experience level, age, weight or gender. After such an exciting afternoon spent with friends and competitors, people look forwards participate in similar events held by UNCG Campus Recreation.

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Spring Break Sea Kayaking Trip http://campusrec.uncg.edu/spring-break-sea-kayaking/ http://campusrec.uncg.edu/spring-break-sea-kayaking/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:20:39 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=13572 It was 6AM as the thirteen of us loaded into the mini-bus with a trailer full of kayaks in tow. With a group of 9 students and 3 trip leaders, we began the 824 mile drive down to Collier Seminole Campground in Naples, Florida for our annual Spring Break Sea Kayaking trip. It was a […]

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2015 Spring Break OA Trip (Kayak Group).JPGIt was 6AM as the thirteen of us loaded into the mini-bus with a trailer full of kayaks in tow. With a group of 9 students and 3 trip leaders, we began the 824 mile drive down to Collier Seminole Campground in Naples, Florida for our annual Spring Break Sea Kayaking trip. It was a long and tiring drive, but the ocean paddling and manatees were worth it. We were looking at 4 days of kayaking and one day of snorkeling with manatees and could not be more pumped for the upcoming adventures!

On Sunday, the 8th, we set off on our first paddle of the week. We started the trip off easy, a paddle through the mangroves of Rookery Bay Reserve. These mangroves are groupings of trees that grow in the salt water and their root systems are visible, it is an intricate web of roots which has created many channels (some wide enough for just one kayak) for us to paddle through. 2015 Spring Break OA Trip.JPGOur second and third day brought us out to Coon Key Island and Delnor Wiggins State Park, respectively. Here we spent a solid three hours soaking up the sun and playing in calm waves. We even were on the Gulf of Mexico while at Delnor Wiggins SP. They were two beautiful sunny days and we spent nearly 5 hours out in the 80°F warmth. We were definitely not missing Greensboro by any means.

After traveling back up toward central Florida, we were in Ocala where we paddled 5 miles up the Silver River to a natural spring. Along the way, we spotted resting alligators, energetic Rhesus Monkeys, a plethora of turtles, and all different types of fish. As you paddle upstream toward the spring, the water becomes crystal clear and when the sun hits it just right, you can see a boat sunken to the bottom. During the paddle back to the vehicle we were able to use the 3MPH natural current to give us that extra push to finish out the 11-mile day.

Friday morning, our last full day in Florida, brought us to Plantation Inn Dive Shop. At 7:30AM we all were wet-suited-up and sitting on our boat captained by Captain Ross, a veteran boat captain determined to get us to the manatees. 2015 Spring Break OA Trip (Manatee).JPGWe were able to see one manatee early into our journey, but unfortunately the temperatures had warmed up too quickly in the Gulf and the manatees were already back out in the open waters. Just three weeks ago, there were hundreds in the springs. Not to worry, the group still had plenty of fun snorkeling and exploring in Three Sisters Spring. Manatees or not: we were there to have an adventure!

Despite the lack of manatees, we all came back to Greensboro (bringing some warm weather with us) with new friendships, great memories, and full bellies. OA food isn’t your average camp food. Throughout the week we devoured pancakes, white chicken chili, pizzas, pastas, and a stir-fry dish, just to name a few. Outdoor Adventures still have a few trips with spots available this semester. Come by OA to sign up and you’ll get to experience the food and fun firsthand!

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Zumba-ing Our Way to Healthy Hearts http://campusrec.uncg.edu/zumba-healthy-hearts/ http://campusrec.uncg.edu/zumba-healthy-hearts/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 03:57:38 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=13177 Every semester UNCG Campus Recreation looks for ways to better ourselves and the community. For the past few Spring Semesters we have held a Zumbathon event that allows members from the community along with students and faculty to participate in a 2-hour long Zumba event benefiting the Greensboro chapter of the American Heart Association Having […]

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Every semester UNCG Campus Recreation looks for ways to better ourselves and the community. For the past few Spring Semesters we have held a Zumbathon event that allows members from the community along with students and faculty to participate in a 2-hour long Zumba event benefiting the Greensboro chapter of the American Heart Association

Zumbathon PictureHaving never taken a Zumba class and only seeing a few classes, I wasn’t sure what I was walking into last month for the Zumbathon event. I was pleasantly surprised to find what was essentially an organized dance party! With teachers from all over the community (including some of our own UNCG Group Fitness Staff) and DJ Dan leading the way, there wasn’t a single person in the gym who didn’t have a smile on their face and sweat on their brow. It didn’t matter how old you were, if you were a student, or if you were merely working the snack table, no one could keep themselves from dancing along. I’m not much of a dancer myself but I couldn’t help but bob my head and tap my feet along to the beat.

The best part? It all benefited an amazing cause: The American Heart Association. Not only were these participants working hard at bettering their own lives, they managed to raise $1610 to help save the lives of so many others. They even beat out last year’s total by almost $300!

If you are interested in getting involved in the Zumba community check out the Student Recreation Center, we offer classes throughout the week! Click here to find a class that fits your schedule!

 

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Climbing to New Heights http://campusrec.uncg.edu/climbing-new-heights/ http://campusrec.uncg.edu/climbing-new-heights/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 20:19:21 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=13504 UNCG Outdoor Adventures hosts its annual Spartan Summit Climbing Competition every Spring semester. This year’s turnout reached new levels of competition with over 30 climbers vying for some awesome prizes and bragging rights for a year! Here’s the scenario: You have 1 hour and 15 minutes to climb 4 different routes at various levels of intensity. […]

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groupshotUNCG Outdoor Adventures hosts its annual Spartan Summit Climbing Competition every Spring semester. This year’s turnout reached new levels of competition with over 30 climbers vying for some awesome prizes and bragging rights for a year!

Here’s the scenario: You have 1 hour and 15 minutes to climb 4 different routes at various levels of intensity. Sound easy? Oh yeah, and you only get 3 tries without falling or accidentally using a hold that’s not a part of your route. Now add 10 competitors in your division and don’t forget, you’re 40 feet up in the air.

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Many may have noticed the Edge was closed for a week prior to the Competition. That’s because advanced climbers were busy setting new routes to challenge climbers at all levels. Lynn Jones (Class of 2015) was no newbie to this year’s competition. “This was my third year competing. I won first place in the beginner category 2 years in a row.” (Jones, pictured right) This year was a little bit different though. Jones was pushed up into the intermediate level. “I knew that moving up a level would prove challenging but the fun and supportive atmosphere made this year equally as fun as years past” (Jones). Jones did not place in the intermediate level but still won some pretty cool merch!

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Alec Stamper (pictured left) is a regular climber at The Edge and works at Outdoor Adventures. “My favorite route that was a great challenge for me was Green Eggs and Slam. It was very technical, and had holds on it that were great for power climbers like myself.” (Stamper). Alec has been climbing for 3 years and is already at the advanced level placing 3rd in his division at this year’s competition. “I would come to the Edge about twice a week starting at the beginning of the semester. While climbing, I would only use the natural face for my feet, strengthening my forearms and hands.” (Stamper)

The Spartan Summit is more about celebrating the climbing community than the actual competition. Climbers have a sense of bonding when they’re at The Edge and no matter who they are going up against they always cheer one another on and make sure their fellow climbers feel welcome and energized. Even Alumni Outdoor Adventures staff came back just to watch and support their friends as they climbed. Thinking of getting into climbing? Here’s some advice from this year’s winners:

FootHold “Keep practicing. If it is difficult to climb a route, do your best and try again the next time. Eventually you will get further. Also, learn from the experiences of your fellow climbers.” (Alec Stamper, 3rd Place, Advanced)

“If you have the access somewhere to be able to traverse a wall for an extended period of time, this helps with grip strength and overall muscular endurance, both vital components for rock climbing.” (Valerie Wolf, 1st Place, Women’s Intermediate)

“Keep on climbing! Everyone has different advantages and disadvantages when it comes to climbing, but with practice and experimentation you’ll be able to climb things you never thought possible.” (Jason Needham, 1st Place, Advanced)

“Trust your body and not be afraid to fall” (Jenn Leach, 3rd Place, Women’s Intermediate)

“The harder the route, the more it’s gonna hurt. And use heelhooks and high feet.” (Keisei Sugahara, 2nd Place, Advanced)

“Get to know your fellow climbers, it’s a great experience and environment. Jump, stretch, push yourself! and laugh.” (Nicki Marder, 3rd Place, Women’s Beginner)

“Go up!” (Matthew Ortiz, 1st Place, Men’s Intermediate)

Check out the full results and winners here!

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Another Year, Another Chance to Get Healthier! http://campusrec.uncg.edu/new-years-resolutions/ http://campusrec.uncg.edu/new-years-resolutions/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:07:21 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=12873 Welcome back! If your break was anything like mine, you spent most of it celebrating the end of a rough semester and binging on all the homemade meals that you’ve missed over the last 5 months. Also like me you decided not to think about the calories you just consumed on your second serving of […]

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Welcome back! If your break was anything like mine, you spent most of it celebrating the end of a rough semester and binging on all the homemade meals that you’ve missed over the last 5 months. Also like me you decided not to think about the calories you just consumed on your second serving of grandma’s homemade deserts (my grandma makes a mean ambrosia that no one else can recreate). Now that we’re all back at school, that trek across campus seems a little tougher than you remember. For me that was the moment when I realized 2 practices a week wasn’t going to cut it. I was going to need to get myself back into the Student Recreation Center and start using my resources!

Looks like I wasn’t the only one thinking this though. Jordan Davis (Junior, Social Work Major) decided he was going to make coming into the SRC one of his New Year’s Resolutions. “I decided for New Year’s that I would get into better shape. I have always been an active person but I feel like lifting a little more would really make a difference in my life.” (Davis). Jordan had great timing with his decision, UNCG Campus Recreation is actually holding a Bench Press Competition in March. That gives Jordan and other students plenty of time to train for the event, and even attend a bench press lifting clinic in February.

Click HERE to learn more about and register for the event on March 28th.

Shelby Clark and Zoey Huston, both freshman majoring in Therapeutic Recreation, decided to start coming into the SRC more this semester. “For my New Year’s resolution, I would like to start being more active and healthy to benefit not only myself but my ultimate frisbee team. The Rec Center here at UNCG is going to be a great place for me to get back into a more healthy lifestyle.” (Clark). Shelby is right. Campus Recreation has many healthier lifestyle options for students to take advantage of. Between Group Fitness classes and Club Sports, there’s always something going on to keep you involved. “The freshman 15 was a real thing for me, so I decided I should take advantage of the Rec Center and really try to get in shape this semester. I usually climb and go on Outdoor Adventures trips, but I wanted to broaden my workout and start coming upstairs.” (Huston). Not only do we offer great fitness classes, people have really gotten into our hidden treasure, our fantastic rock wall. The Edge is a great alternative for getting into shape in a less orthodox way. Trust me when I tell you that after just doing their “easiest” routes a few times, you will feel those muscles in the morning!

To find out more about the Group Fitness classes we offer, Outdoor Adventures, or Women’s Ultimate Frisbee and other Club Sports, just click the links!

So what’s holding you back? Get back into the groove! Stop into the Student Recreation Center and get going started on building a better you!

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Homecoming Weekend http://campusrec.uncg.edu/homecoming-weekend/ http://campusrec.uncg.edu/homecoming-weekend/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:02:50 +0000 http://campusrec.uncg.edu/?p=12452 Homecoming is a pretty major weekend for our alumni and current students. The Department of Campus Recreation takes part every year by offering events for everyone to come together in. This year’s events won out against the cold rain. On November 1st the high temperature was just 53 degrees, but both current and former students […]

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Homecoming is a pretty major weekend for our alumni and current students. The Department of Campus Recreation takes part every year by offering events for everyone to come together in. This year’s events won out against the cold rain.

On November 1st the high temperature was just 53 degrees, but both current and former students came out to run the 2nd Annual Homecoming 5k to show their Spartan Pride. With an awesome tournament of 65 participants, neither rain or cold could keep these people from showing support of their school.

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Dorothy “Dottie” McKinney celebrated her 40th anniversary since her graduation in 1974 (Pictured on the right coming in to the end of the race behind Donny Gambill). “I’m a strong supporter of the Student Recreation Center and enjoy the programs for exercise and fitness offered there. The staff is dedicated, well trained and focused on all the current trends in exercise and fitness. I only wish we had had such a fine facility for recreation and exercise/fitness classes when I was a student there!” (Dottie McKinney). Dottie was such a great sport on Saturday. She was such a shining face for everyone to talk with and listen to her story, she brightened up the faces of all the staff members! Dottie finished the race in 37:17.

5kAlexFor Graduate Student, Alex Stanczak, this year’s 5K was extra special. “This was the first 5K I ran, I was really determined to finish in under 30 minutes and I did! Not only that, but I was the first woman to cross the finish line.” (Alex Stansack, pictured left next to Travis Hauer) Finishing at 28:39, Alex managed to finish 10th overall. She trained for weeks prior to the event running 2-3 miles a few times a week, her hard-work definitely paid off!

5kIsabellaIsabella Brezenski is a freshman this year and participated in the Department of Campus Recreation “Couch to 5k Program”. It was her first Homecoming event here at UNCG and she even managed to get her dad, Scott Brezenski, to come support her in her run. “I was really happy my dad ran with me. I’ve always run 5ks with my dad and/or sister. This was the first one that I’d ever trained for and my dad was really supportive of me and he showed that especially by running the race with me. He pushed me harder than I would have pushed myself if I had ran alone or with the Couch to 5k group. I’m glad he did, because I got first place in my age group! I have run a 5k before, but had never trained for them. I wanted a way to get into shape and exercise while working towards a goal.” (Isabella Brezenski)

First place in the race went to 16 year old, Connor Ayers with a time of 19:35.

This isn’t Campus Recration’s only Homecoming event, we also hosted alumni matches for both our Men’s and Women’s Rugby Clubs. These events traditionally generate quite a large crowd. This year the Men’s Alumni took the win with a score of 24-10. You can read more on the team’s website http://www.uncgrugby.com. The Women’s Current members managed to defeat the Alumni 25-20.

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