Remember Run It Off? It’s back with a different name – Fit Campus. This is a simple way to keep your New Year’s resolutions going, shape up for Spring Break and win great prizes! All you have to do is log at least 2.5 hours of exercise each week in the SRC or RHRC. If you meet the minimum hours for four consecutive weeks, you’ll be eligible to win the grand prize. This past semester was a cruise for two, so you know it’ll be worth it!
Take these easy steps to be on your way to win:
- Register with your UNC e-mail address at www.fitcampus.com. Registration closes February 6th, so be sure to take a quick minute to sign up!
- Get in your 2.5 hours of exercise for four weeks in a row! Take a spin class with a couple friends, try to run a 5k on the treadmill, grab a couple of friends and head over to Zumbathon- there are a ton of possibilities!
- Whatever you do, be sure to log in your time to Fit Campus’ website. If you hit your minimum hours for the whole month, you’ll be in the drawing for the grand prize!
- Become a fan of Fit Campus on Facebook (www.facebook.com/#!/fitcampus) and follow them on Twitter (www.twitter.com/#!/fitcampus) for some fitness advice and great additional giveaways!
Check out Campus Rec’s website for a group fitness class schedule to help you reach your goals! And let us know on our Facebook or Twitter (@unccampusrec) pages if you win something!
If you love to run, I’ve got something for you to check out: The Marathon Club. No, you don’t have to be able to run for 5 hours straight or sprint under five minute miles. This club is for any Tar Heel that enjoys releasing those endorphins and is training for an upcoming race, whether it’s a 5k, the Tar Heel Ten Miler or another 26.2 miles. I was able to speak with junior Joey Murphy, current president of the club who has been a member since the first practice of his freshmen year.
Joey ran cross country in high school and didn’t want the business of college to stop him from his addiction to running long distances. So, he joined the Marathon Club, and since then, he has run three marathons.
His craziest race story:
“It would definitely have to be a 208 mile relay race I did last May with four other club members and a sibling of one of the club members,” said Joey. “The six of us had to run roughly 35 miles each – until disaster struck us. The race was poorly organized so we ended up running an extra 10 miles. Then one guy got a knee injury and another went to the hospital for heat exhaustion. This left just four of us to finish the race. It took us about 36 hours and I had run 45 miles in that span on no sleep.”
But don’t let this story or the name of the club scare you. The Marathon Club is open to anyone who loves distance running or needs some training support so that they can challenge themselves in whatever races they hope to attempt. Casual runners can easily keep up with the weekday runs, as they are usually moderate distances. Runners of all paces show up, so there will always be someone to run with. Meet in front of Fetzer on any of the listed days, as the club is always thrilled to have new runners join them!
- Tuesday at 5 p.m.
- Wednesday at 5 p.m.
- Thursday at 5 p.m.
- Saturdays at 9 a.m. (usually the longest runs)
For more information on the Marathon Club, visit www.campusrec.unc.edu/sport-clubs-list#120.
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Love exercise and want to help others in a workout routine? Check out the Personal Trainer Training Program (PTTP) that teaches you how to understand and apply the basic principles of exercise training to become a personal trainer. Trainees receive training on exercise instruction fundamentals including physiology, anatomy and program design.
I got the 411 on the program from senior Exercise and Sport Science major Lauren Stewart who became nationally certified through American Council on Exercise (ACE) last fall as a Group Fitness Instructor and also participated in Campus Rec’s Fitness Instructor Training Program (FITP) last spring. Although being certified typically involves studying and passing an exam, Lauren says there is a lot more to being a good trainer.
“Becoming a great trainer means learning about all different kinds of people and all different methods for approaching exercise,” said Lauren. “Every person has individual goals and needs, and a successful path towards getting certified and becoming a personal trainer would ideally emphasize and teach this. One client, like a club athlete, will want a very different workout and interaction with me than another client, such as a middle-aged, sedentary individual with bad knees. Trainers need to know how to cater a workout to each of them.”
Whether a client is losing weight, gaining strength or simply improving their overall health, seeing the progress and success of clients is one of the most rewarding parts of the job, according to Lauren. As a trainer you can build a relationship with the client which in turn, allows you to cater better to the individual’s needs.
If you have a desire to help others train and succeed, consider registering for the PTTP. Classes, which take place Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00-5:15 p.m., start Monday, Jan. 23 and end Monday, April 23. The cost is only $125 and will allow you to train fellow tar heels. Hurry and visit http://campusrec.unc.edu/fitness-programs because registration closes Friday, Jan. 20!
I don’t know about you, but I slacked off with my workouts during winter break. So, to get back into my fitness groove, I attended Campus Rec’s Spring Into Fitness event on Thursday, January 12th. This great Campus Rec sampler featured free food, fitness classes, TRX demos and more!
I started with ‘Core,’ a fitness class taught by Krissy. I didn’t think a 30 minute class would be too painful. However, when you’re only working your abs and obliques (which for the past four weeks had been stuffed with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and pie), each minute felt as long as a minute in a chemistry 101 class. Although my abs were sore for the next few days, it motivated me to keep up my momentum and prep for Spring Break (it’ll be here before we know it!).
After doing too many crunches to count, I checked out the “Ask a Nutritionist.” For a couple hours, trainers and nutritionists were available to ask all your questions on how to work out and what to eat. The best nutritional advice I got: be sure to include healthy fat, carbs and protein in each meal. The example I was given:
- Salad with lots of veggies (carbs)
- Olive oil salad dressing (fat)
- Grilled chicken on top (protein)
Eating this combination will provide your body with everything it needs. After the holidays, I needed some meal-plan ideas so that when I hit the dining hall, I’ll be in the salad line instead of grabbing one too many cookies.
Be sure to check out Campus Rec’s website to find out more of what they offer here – http://campusrec.unc.edu/unc. Their services include personal training, boot camp classes, climbing walls and countless group fitness classes. Also, take a look at the nutrition page on Campus Health Services website for some more great advice here – http://campushealth.unc.edu/healthtopics/nutrition.
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