September is a time for change. Delicious fruit ripens in the orchards, leaves change colour bringing stunning beauty, and my activity changes from being on the water or indoors to ones that allow me to enjoy the cooler fall temperatures including running, biking, and hiking. Our campus is reinvigorated with energy and excitement as students, staff, and faculty return to campus and an array of emotions can often bubble up. When these strong emotions start to build, I prefer to settle my mind by moving my body in a way that I can connect with nature. The campus trails are a great way to take a break during meetings or classes. For you, the changes brought about by moving into a new home, starting a new program, returning to campus, meeting new friends or trying out a new activity can be exciting but also bring out some strong feelings. No matter what changes are occuring in your life, be sure to take a moment to pause, to assess your own wellbeing, and then find ways to allow yourself to thrive. I strongly encourage you to explore improving your mental health through engaging in physical activity. It is a great way to move your body, rest your mind, and revitalize your spirit.
Recreation is ready to support your mind and body with an array of returning and new programs this fall. Be sure to check out Free Fitness Week including a BARK yoga class, workout buddies, cricket, and many more programs and events that will be offered to welcome our community back to campus this month.
Move. Play. Train.
Crystal Westgate Recreation Manager
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Intramural sports is a great way to keep active, make friends, and have some fun! Several different sport and league options are available, ranging from competitive to just for fun. To ensure equitable registration processes for all participants, a lottery registration system has been implemented.
Make sure to register yourself or your team into the lottery on September 12 or 13.
For more information, visit our info booth in the gym on September 12 from 10:00am-2:00pm.
Whenever the gym is not booked for a particular activity, the gym is considered “open” for drop-in sports. Participation in Open Gym requires an active facility membership or the purchase of a day pass ($7 for students). Check out the schedule below for available times!
Free Fitness Week is back. Join us from September 12-19 as we welcome everyone back to campus. Group Fitness classes are free this week for you to check out our new and returning instructors and a number of new classes. Classes are limited and running on a first-come, first-served basis. Come early and check in at the Customer Service Desk in the Lower Hangar.
Find your fit with a group fitness class this semester.
Small group training is now available with our UBCO Recreation Personal Trainers:
Small group training provides many of the benefits of one-on-one training. Train with up to four others. Find a couple of friends and train together. These sessions are one-hour, once a week, for four weeks, and consists of timed circuits that include the use of weights, stability balls, cardio equipment, an individual's own body weight, and more. Each session is planned with consideration to each individual and their needs no matter their age or level of fitness.
Dates: All sessions start the week of September 19
The Workout Buddies Program is a 4-week introductory physical activity program where students can make friends and participate in a variety of activities with UBCO Recreation to help incorporate movement into their daily routine.
Participants will be introduced to strategies to be more physically active in their daily life, learn ways to improve wellbeing through movement, participating in group fitness classes, workouts in the hangar, campus walks, and more! Participants will receive mentorship from physical activity coaches.
Dates: September 26 - October 20
Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a $20 credit towards purchasing UBCO Gym memberships, fitness class, or Recreation events and programs.
Come and check out the new and returning fitness classes for Fall 2022. Check-in at the Customer Service Desk in the lower Hangar to receive your class pass! Classes are operating on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must have an active Membership or purchase a Day Pass ($7 for students, $9 for staff) to attend classes.
Looking for a great way to stay motivated and stick to your fitness goals this year? Sign-up for the R100 Workout Challenge and commit to completing 100 workouts this school year. Commit to fit and sign the R100 commitment board in September outside the Hangar.
One-30 minute workout or activity will count toward your goal of 100 workouts. You must check-in at the customer service desk or Hangar desk for your workout, intramural sport, or open gym to qualify for your daily activity.
Only one workout per day will count.
Challenge begins on September 1, 2022 until April 7, 2023.
Milestone prizes will be awarded throughout the year including challenges and activities.
This class is designed to create a safe, supportive space in which people have personal agency and are given options for postures, movement, breathing, and where to place place their attention. You will be lead through yoga postures called asanas to help facilitate a connection between mind, body, and soul. This class helps facilitate calm breathing, releasing tension in the body, and learning tools for emotional regulation on and off the mat. All are welcome, no experience required.
Join Shannon as she leads participants through a 60-minute-long group session, twice a week for four weeks. You will receive a general nutrition information package in week one, along with their individualized macronutrient prescription. You will have optional weigh-ins and 24/7 access to coaching for questions regarding nutrition throughout the entire four weeks.
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 20 - October 13
Join us for the return of Glow with the Flow Yoga in the Gymnasium this November.
Doors open at 7:30, come early and get your glow on - glow sticks available and body paint. Bring a mat if you have one and join us with a live DJ (John Byrne) and UBCO Yoga Instructor Josee for a glow in the dark, yoga dance party!
Date: Thursday, November 17
Location: UBCO Gymnasium
Free shirt or tank top for the first 50 participants that register online!
Join us this September for the midterm Exam Jam! We know that midterm season can be a difficult time. It's hard not to get anxious, overwhelmed, and stressed - but have no fear, Exam Jam is here! This event is aimed to help you de-stress during this stressful time.
Check in at the Customer Service Desk in the Lower Hangar to get your Class Pass.
Date: Saturday, September 24
Time & Activity:
10:00-11:00am Yoga with Shannon
12:00-1:00pm Bootcamp with Sydney
3:00-4:00pm Zumba with Lily
Location: Studio 1, Hangar Fitness Centre
Cost: Free, running on a first-come, first served basis
UBCycles Tune-Ups, Storage Lockers, and Bike Rentals
Fall is coming and UBCycles has got you covered for all of your riding essentials. UBCycles is providing tune ups and bike rentals for you to start autumn riding. We are also offering basic and all access memberships that give you access to our bike tools, indoor bike lockers and storage lockers at our shop on campus. Enjoy the outdoors by riding on some trails or commuting to campus this fall!
Location: UNC 233
Bike Rentals: $20 weekly, $30 biweekly, or $40 monthly
Recreation has partnered with the Kelowna Paddle Centre to offer this unique experience for UBCO Students, Faculty, and Staff. The session includes three 1.5 hour paddle board lessons, and rentals, including a paddle board, life jacket, and paddle.
Learn to climb with 4 fun-filled nights at Beyond the Crux Climbing Gym. Each night is a 1.5 hour session on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays. Choose a night that works with your schedule and join us for 4 weeks of fun!
The class includes rental equipment and instruction by certified climbing instructors.
Join UBCO Recreation in partnership with Mad Katz Boxing for 5 weeks of boxing lessons! This class will introduce the participants to the requirements of the sport of boxing. Hand-eye coordination drills, strength conditioing, cardio conditioning, core, and the basic skills of boxing will all be incorporated in a fast-paced, high energy workout.
Join the Move U Crew and the UBCO Exercise is Medicine Club for 4 hikes this fall in Kelowna! This is a great opportunity for you to bring your friends and enjoy the outdoors while also getting movement into your day. We are offering a different hike each week at some of Kelowna's most scenic locations.
UBCO Recreation has partnered with the Airhouse Sports Academy to offer an Airhouse program for students and staff! Join us for this four week program on Wednesday nights for a lesson and free play in the park.