ARC Express Will Have the Latest in Functional Training Equipment

The ARC Express is the new on-campus fitness facility and will be opening on January 22nd, 2014. Located on the East side of campus, it’s one of the many exciting spaces in the new Aztec Student Union and entry to the ARC Express will be available to Aztec Recreation members. This new workout facility will be located on the 3rd floor of the Union on the south side, offering participants spectacular views of the surrounding area!

The ARC Express will feature state-of-the-art functional training equipment as well as cardio machines, small group training, and a “workout-of-the-day” for ARC members.

Synrgy 360MainImageWe are especially excited about the Synrgy 360 that will be unveiled in the ARC Express. This revolutionary piece of functional training equipment provides limitless opportunities to train smarter, better, and more effectively. It is a full-service training nerve center that will allow members to perform a variety of exercises in order to help them excel in their commitment to moving fitness forward.

The video above shows the amazing functionality of this piece of training equipment. The components available in the ARC Express may vary slightly from those seen in the video.

XL_combo_421x352The Synrgy 360 equipment that will be available for use in the ARC Express will include:

  • Dumbbells
  • Barbells
  • Flat Bench
  • Back Extension Bench
  • Utility Bench
  • Multi-adjustable Bench
  • Cable Motion Chest Press
  • Cable Motion Shoulder Press
  • Cable Motion Pull-down
  • Cable Motion Row
  • Glute Machine
  • Leg Curl Machine
  • Leg Extension Machine
  • Seated Leg Press
  • Pec Fly/Rear Deltoid Machine
  • Cable Motion Space
  • Suspension Zone
  • Versa Space
  • Chin-Up Bar

Along with the Life Fitness Synrgy 360, the ARC Express will feature the following fitness equipment:

• Treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, AMT Trainers & rowing machines

• Battle Ropes, Medicine Balls, TRX

• Weight Training: Free weights up to 50 lbs

• Circuit Training

• Stretching Mats

The ARC Express hours of operation will be:

Monday – Friday: 8:00AM – 10:00PM

Saturday and Sunday: 12:00PM – 6:00PM


By: Kayla Heaviside

Aztec Lanes Bowling Video Tour

We are very excited to share a glimpse of the future Aztec Lanes with you!

Aztec Lanes will be on the first floor of the new Aztec Student Union.  Your new bowling and games center will be adjacent to the Oggi’s Pizza Express and will feature a games lounge, complete with a memorabilia wall, five professional-grade billiards tables, two professional-grade table tennis tables and eight big-screen TVs where you can watch the Aztecs for nationally televised games.

As a feature of the games lounge, Aztec Lanes will offer students a unique viewing window so that you can watch other bowlers from a different angle and perspective.

The 12 lanes, as well as the scoring and seating areas, will be outfitted by Brunswick, with top-of-the -line equipment.

Bowling will be an ARC membership benefit. Guests will also be able to host private parties, take an Exercise and Nutritional Sciences one-credit class, and participate in intramural bowling leagues at Aztec Lanes.

Aztec Lanes will open Jan. 22, 2014. The hours of operation will be as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9am – 10pm
Thursday, Friday: 9am – Midnight
Saturday: Noon – Midnight
Sunday: Noon – 10pm

See you at the Lanes!

By: Kayla Heaviside

ARC Express Video Tour

ARC Express is a 6,000 square foot auxiliary fitness center located on the third floor of the Aztec Student Union. Access to the ARC Express will be an ARC membership benefit! On our hard hat video tour, you can get an idea of the stunning high ceilings, fresh air and features of the new facility, including:
• A cardio zone and TVs with Cardio Theatre, a system that allows you to listen to the TVs using your personal headset
• An open floor plan with plenty of space for stretching, core training and body weight movement
• Free weights, functional training equipment and a selection of weight machines
• A balcony where members can stretch, cool down and enjoy fresh air with views of College Avenue

The hours of operation for the ARC Express will be as follows:

Monday – Friday:  8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday: Noon – 6:00 PM

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TRX Videos

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You may have seen your fellow ARC members working out with the black and yellow strap contraption, but there are an infinite number of ways to use it and get an amazing workout. This piece of functional training equipment is called the TRX Suspension Trainer and it allows you to work on all major muscle groups and many major areas of muscular fitness (strength, endurance, stability, and mobility).

The TRX gives you a total body workout with minimal equipment because it uses your own body weight. This allows one to adjust the difficulty of any exercise, simply by walking closer to or further away from the anchor point, so it is a great piece of equipment for people of all fitness levels.

You can use TRX to:
• Gain mobility and flexibility
• Recover from a variety of injuries
• Build muscle
• Increase total body strength
• Stimulate metabolism
• Improve muscle coordination

It’s important to add variety to your workouts, so try out a new TRX exercise this week! The Group Fitness Studio and the stretching mat area of the ARC both have TRX wall mounts to perform these exercises. The Group Fitness Studio is open to members any time between scheduled classes, and you can check out a TRX from the front desk at any time of day using your I.D.

Get some ideas and inspiration from any of the TRX videos posted on their official website:

By: Kayla Heaviside

Sport Club Video

The SDSU Sport Club Program consists of 18 highly competitive sport club teams. Each club team is developed, organized, and managed by students with guidance from the Intramural & Sport Club Coordinator, Intramural & Sport Club Supervisor, and club team coaches. Each club team’s success is determined by the collective efforts and organization of the student athletes. Sport clubs enable students to enhance their collegiate experience and serve an excellent setting for the development of athletic skills, student leadership, and social outlets. The teams compete against other college and universities at the state, regional, and national level.

Enrolled SDSU students of all skill levels are actively recruited – many sport club athletes have never played their sport before joining an SDSU team. Any regularly enrolled SDSU student may join a Sports Club team. Students can join a club team by visiting the Sports Club website which has links to each clubs’ individual pages and registering a particular team or teams on-line.
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Men’s Crew: Founded in 1925, Men’s Crew competes against other universities in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA). Regattas include the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic & the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. The club team fields Novice, Junior Varsity and Varsity boats. Men’s Crew is competitive, focused on teamwork, and welcomes all athletes.

Cycling/Triathlon: The Cycling/Triathlon Club Team competes in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference (WCCC) and the West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (WCCTC). The team promotes competitive and recreational cycling, running, swimming, mountain biking, triathlon, and adventure racing. The group organizes rides, runs, and swims on a weekly basis and welcomes all levels of male and female athletes.

Dance: The SDSU Dance Team is dedicated to representing the University in an energetic and positive manner while entertaining Aztec fans at all home football and basketball games as well as numerous campus, charity, and corporate events city-wide. Tryouts are held each spring and the team allows students with technical training to continue their passion for dance and contribute to the school spirit while pursuing their academic goals.

Ice Hockey: The Ice Hockey Club Team competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II. Regular season runs from September through March with approximately 35 games. The team welcomes individuals of all skills and is dedicated to developing players at a competitive level.

Men’s Lacrosse: The Men’s Lacrosse program competes in the Men’s College Lacrosse Association (MCLA). Regionally, the Aztec’s participate in the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC), one of the top conferences of the MCLA. This “virtual varsity” program is moving in a positive direction and continues to be a major player on the National Stage.

Women’s Lacrosse: Founded in 2003, the Women’s Lacrosse Club Team dominated Division II of the Western Women’s Lacrosse League (WWLL). In 2005, the Lady Aztecs moved up to Division I where they have proven themselves as a top contending team season after season. The Lady Aztecs have won the southern division of the WWLL four times, was ranked 5th in the nation for women’s club teams in 2007.

Rugby: The Rugby Club Team is one of the largest club teams at SDSU. As a past National Champion, the SDSU Rugby Club has become known as one of the best teams in their league and has consistently been ranked in the top 10 nationally. The team competes against other colleges and universities within its region and nationally and welcomes players of all skill levels.

Ski & Snowboard: The Ski and Snowboard Club Team competes in the Southern California Collegiate Snow Sport Conference (SCCSC) against other universities to include: USC, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, Cal Poly SLO, and CSULB. Competitions are held at Mammoth Mountain and the team participates in events such as slope-style, half-pipe, boarder cross, skier cross, and giant slalom. The ski and snowboard team continues to welcome male and female members of all levels.

Men’s Soccer: Established in 2001, the Men’s Soccer Club Team is a highly competitive unit that has received over 10 National Championship bids, two regional championship titles, and numerous additional accolades. The team is dedicated to upholding the SDSU tradition of competition and sportsmanship and welcomes all skill levels.

Women’s Soccer: SDSU Women’s Club Soccer competes through the National Intercollegiate-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) and was the 2006 National Champion. The team was a 2nd place finalist in 2007 and is currently ranked in the top 25 nationally.

Surf: The Surf Club Team is highly competitive and competes in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA). Most recently, the team has been State Champions in 2006, 2009-2013. The 2013 season brought the team their 3rd National Championship in 26 years (1987, 2007, & 2013). The team is open to both male and female short-board and longboard surfers.

Men’s Ultimate: The Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Club Team competes in events sanctioned by USA Ultimate (USAU) against colleges across the country. The team continually seeks new members and holds annual tryouts in the beginning of the fall.

Women’s Ultimate: Established in 2009, the SDSU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee club team competes in USA Ultimate sanctioned events nationwide. Women’s ultimate actively recruits individuals of all skill levels.

Men’s Volleyball: The Men’s Volleyball Club Team competes nationally in events sanctioned by the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). The season begins in September and runs through April. The team competes and travels throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada and continuously welcomes new athletes.

Women’s Volleyball: The Women’s Volleyball Club Team is directed by the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). This competitive team participates in various tournaments and league games throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona. The team is continually seeking new members. Tryouts are held during the fall semester, while the competitive season runs through the spring semester.

Waterski/Wakeboard: The SDSU Waterski Team competes in the National Collegiate Water Ski Association (NCWSA) against teams from all over the state of California, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington. The team has won the NCWSA Collegiate Nationals in 1979 and 2006 (Division II). The team accepts male and female skiers and wake boarders of all skill levels and enjoys introducing recreational skiers to the three-event competition world of skiing.

Men’s Water Polo: The Men’s Water Polo Club Team was founded in 2007 and competes in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) during the fall semester. The team accepts athletes of any skill level.

Women’s Water Polo: The Women’s Water Polo Club Team was established in 2007 and competes in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) during the spring semester. In 2008 the women’s club team qualified for Nationals and continues to be a top contender within their respective league. The team welcomes individuals of all skill levels.

Sport Clubs are managed by Associated Students Aztec Recreation. For more information, visit or call 619-594-7842

Aztec Adventures scales Joshua Tree

The true beauty of Joshua Tree is best seen atop the highest boulders at night.
The true beauty of Joshua Tree is best seen atop the highest boulders at night.
There’s just something about being out in the middle of a beautiful place with a camera that never gets old. Maybe that’s an obvious and cliché statement, but it’s true. This past November I had the opportunity to head out to Joshua Tree National Park with Aztec Adventures to shoot a short documentary following one of their very popular Rock Climbing outings. The adventure started on a Friday around noon, and right off the bat I could tell the documentary was going to be good. Within three hours we were closing in on our campsite, and already the images were spectacular. The high desert landscape was painted by a declining orange sun and a sky of purple clouds. It was a sight to see, and of course, to photograph. As soon as we rolled up to the campsite, the group started setting up camp and making dinner. On the menu was the ever-delectable Aztec Adventure vegetarian chili. Now typically when I hear the word vegetarian, I’m a little suspicious, but after eating, I was sold. I just had to remind myself to get a few good shots of the chili being eaten before it was all gone!

After dinner we headed off on a “night hike”, which turned out to be an exploration of an extremely large and complex rock formation that required some serious maneuverability. Squeezing through slight gaps in the rocks, I didn’t think we were going to make it through. In retrospect, I was putting my camera in some pretty delicate situations, but the shots that I got were well worth the tight fit. It wasn’t until the very last maneuver that an on-camera light of mine met its peril as it fell into an abyss of rocks (R.I.P.). Luckily for me I was distracted by a night sky of stars like I had never seen before, so of course my first reaction was that I had to shoot a time-lapse. Once we got back to camp I set up my camera on the tripod, and pointed it towards the sky. Utilizing a thirty second exposure, and by taking a picture every minute for over an hour an a half, I captured amazing celestial movement. What made the time-lapse even more unique was that I framed some rock formations to the bottom third of the frame so that as the campfire burned, and car lights illuminated the rocks, the formation flickered between shades of orange and blue. Without a doubt, this was the most impressive time lapse I have ever shot. I guess that’s what happens when you go to Joshua Tree and look up at the sky.

Over the next two days the group headed into the National Park for some serious world class climbing. Just getting to the climbing spot, or ‘crag’, was a blast. Whether you’re simply driving through the park, gearing up outside the van, or hiking the access trail, everywhere you look in Joshua Tree is another spectacular scene. I found it hard at times to keep up with the group, as I kept wanting to stop to take more shots! During the climbing days I spent most of my time getting shots of the group climbing, but of course, I jumped on the wall more than a few times. At one point I was even roped up, suspended over the edge of the rock face shooting down at the climbers. That was probably the most unnatural, yet exhilarating rush of the trip for me. After our second day of climbing, everyone was exhausted and ready to jump in the van to head back to state, but I had one more shot up my sleeve: the slow walk. So I sent the group about fifty yards down this classic Joshua Tree dirt road and told them to round a corner and walk straight at the camera. The camera was set to shoot at sixty frames per second so that when slowed down, the movement would be ever so smooth. If you’ve already watched the video, you know what scene I’m talking about. If you haven’t yet had a chance to watch it, it’s borderline epic and I’d recommend checking it out.

Overall, this Aztec Adventure was more than just a three day trip. For me, it was an opportunity to combine some of my passions together. Traveling to Joshua Tree, being in the outdoors, spending time with interesting people, and of course making movies, what more could a videographer hope for? Outside of the project, I also developed an appreciation for what Aztec Adventures really is. The experience of an Aztec Adventure outing is something that I feel very fortunate to have been a part of. I think too often it’s easy to get caught up in life, and everything that goes with that. But when you’re on an outing you remind yourself to breathe a little bit, and to just enjoy yourself. Oh, and I also forgot to mention: it’s really, really fun.

– CJ Capes, Videographer, Aztec Recreation Center