Reach Your Goals With Group Fitness

Group fitness classes are included in the Aztec Recreation membership and are a great way to help you with your 2015 fitness goals! We offer cardio, strength, mind/body, and dance formats so you can enjoy a huge variety of classes that make exercise fun. Beginners are welcome; previous experience is not required! If it’s your first class, feel free to introduce yourself to the instructor prior to class. That way he/she will be better able to cater to your experience and fitness level. Check out the current schedule.

Looking to achieve internal balance and reduce tension and stress? This class uses breath-synchronized movement to create internal heat that purifies muscles and organs by expelling unwanted toxins from the body in the form of sweat. Dynamic, flowing posture sequences will build strength and flexibility. You will learn to set an intention for your personal yoga practice and take the necessary steps toward reaching that goal.

Heard of the at-home Insanity® program? Now it’s in your group fitness studio! This class utilizes the concept of max interval training, where longer high intensity cardio intervals are interspersed with short rest periods so that you can get the most out of your workout. All levels are welcome in this body weight workout that can increase your cardiovascular endurance, as well as muscular strength. Just one question: are you ready to dig deep?

Article by: Liana Tsirklin

New to the Gym or a Regular- A FREE Fitness Orientation is for ALL


Having a goal is one thing, staying motivated is another. When you don’t know where to start or how far you’ve come, that goal can seem farfetched to achieve.

Our fitness interns are here to help!!
Part of your ARC membership includes a chance to schedule a FREE Fitness Assessment with any of our 5 interns.

      A fitness orientation is a scheduled 60 min. appointment with a fitness intern that gives you the opportunity to tour the facility, and learn about exercise machines, free weights and other resistance training equipment. When signing up, you will fill out information about your individual fitness needs, so that your session will be designed specifically for you. Fitness Orientations are FREE to students and members of the ARC.

      If you are unfamiliar with the some of the equipment or feel uncomfortable with the ARC or ARC Express, the fitness interns are available. This in return will make you feel more comfortable on the floor and be able to use the machines safely while getting an effective workout.

     Along with getting familiar with fitness equipment, during your fitness orientation will get you familiar with your body. Our trained interns can take your blood pressure, give you body composition metrics, measure your cardiovascular fitness, and your muscular fitness. Although the interns are NOT personal trainers and can NOT give workout plans, if requested or interested, they can refer you to a personal trainer and set an appointment with a FREE nutrition counseling session.


Take advantage of this opportunity and schedule your appointment today!

To schedule your free orientation email

OR call 619-594-0204

Article by: Reyanne Mustafa

Healthy Eating Campus Tours

Healthy eating campus tour image

Do you ever feel like there just are not enough hours in the day? Is that an excuse you often find yourself using when you are in a hurry and resort to grabbing some fast food on the go and then not being able to squeeze in a workout? These excuses end here!

New from your Health Promotion Department on campus; get a walking tour around the school to learn about the best food options provided here at SDSU. This FREE weekly workshop will teach skills needed for meal planning, full-filling snacks, intuitive snacking, and much more, while walking around campus. Change begins with just a few simple actions. Get started today.

We are meeting Wednesdays 2-3:30 PM

Where? Health Promotion. 3rd floor Calpulli

Questions? (619) 594- 4133

Anyone is welcome!

Article by: Reyanne Mustafa

Welcome Home to Your New Recreation Benefits at the Union

Aztec Student Union
ARC Express, located on the third floor, south side of the Aztec Student Union

It’s almost here: January 22, 2014 Associated Students opens the new Aztec Student Union! The Union is your living room at SDSU, complete with two new recreation facilities.

“The new ARC Express at the Union will have the latest and greatest fitness equipment. Members are going to be so happy with the new space and options,” said Amy Schiller, Aztec Recreation’s marketing coordinator. “The expanded and modernized Aztec Lanes has been greatly anticipated by students and members. Everyone is eager and excited to check it out.”

ARC Express Events and Equipment

The 6,000-square-foot ARC Express is located on the south side of the 3rd floor of the Union.  The new ARC satellite location has spectacular views of the surrounding area to enjoy while squeezing in a work out and it will feature a wide variety of the industry’s finest fitness equipment.  Learn about all of the highlights of the new fitness location here.

Beginning January 22, ARC Express hours of operation will be:

Monday – Friday: 8:00AM – 10:00PM and Saturday and Sunday: 12:00PM – 6:00PM

Free Small Group Fitness Classes at ARC Express

During the first week of operation, January 22 – 31, 2014, Aztec Recreation fitness instructors will be presenting numerous free small group training sessions at ARC Express.  These training opportunities include instruction on the Synrgy 360 and TRX functional training systems as well as circuit training and foam rolling. Details are available on this A.S. webpage. Regular drop-in access for ARC Express is available for Aztec Recreation members, but for a first-week-of-school promotion the small group classes are open to all members of the SDSU community. Advance registration is required and will be available at the ARC Express front desk.

Aztec Lanes

Bowling is back on campus! Aztec Lanes is SDSU’s new bowling and games center located on the first floor of the Aztec Student Union. At Aztec Lanes participants will enjoy a gaming lounge, five professional-grade billiard tables, two professional-grade table tennis tables and eight big-screen TVs.  Anyone can relax at the lounge and anyone can bowl. Aztec Recreation members bowl free and shoe rental is only $1 for members. The 12 bowling lanes, as well as the scoring and comfortable seating areas, are outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment by Brunswick.  At the Lanes, students will be able to take Exercise and Nutritional Sciences one-credit bowling classes and, starting February, participate in intramural bowling leagues.

Starting January 22, 2014 Aztec Lanes Hours of Operation will be:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9am – 10pm

Thursday, Friday: 9am – Midnight

Saturday: Noon – Midnight

Sunday: Noon – 10pm

Fun Events at the Union During Opening Week

The first week of school will be packed with fun events beyond Aztec Recreation hosted by the Aztec Student Union Programming Board. Check out the schedule and join in the excitement of this momentous time at SDSU. All events are open to members of the SDSU community and range from foam rolling to concerts to Aztec Nights events to brunches to board meetings.

See you @ the Union!

by Kayla Heaviside

Wellness Workshops: Catch Stress Before it Starts

Wellness Workshops Image Mental health is an extremely important variable to being successful in school as well as life down the line! With the overwhelming pressures of midterms looming ahead, many students become stressed, which only hurts them more in the end; stress has been proven to have physical drawbacks such as headaches, chest pain, upset stomachs, and insomnia.

Take advantage of one of the many free counseling classes offered to SDSU students to help manage stress. Mindfulness Meditation Plus is held on Wednesdays from 2:30 – 4:00pm, and is facilitated by Linda Diane Smith, Ph.D. This free weekly class practices ancient techniques for training the mind taught using the Eastern traditions of Vipassana (insight meditation), Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism. This course also blends current Western psychological approaches for training focused attention with these ancient techniques, giving students the best of both worlds to effectively develop improved concentration. These methods are all designed to quiet the mind while simultaneously refining mental alertness. Students will find that this class is particularly helpful in dealing with anxiety, depression, and attention problems that may be affecting their ability to learn. These methods will also increase clarity in your daily life and relationships.

Please call 594-4386 for a consultation.

Studies show that many students can benefit from group counseling, and SDSU Counseling and Psychological Services offers a wide array of other free group counseling classes in fall 2013 as well.

Along with Mindfulness Mediation Plus, these classes are also offered:

  • Healthy Emotional Living
  • C.O.P.E. – Cultivating Optimal Personal Experiences
  • Mindful Relationships
  • Transfer Student Support Group
  • Mindfulness Meditation Plus
  • Living with Loss
  • Alcoholics Anonymous, SDSU Student Meeting

Of course, don’t forget that regular exercise and yoga are also great tools for reducing stress. Even if you have not been to a class all semester, you are welcome to participate in any of over 60 classes on the ARC Group Fitness schedule.

For more information on each class, as well as dates and times, please see the SDSU Counseling and Psychological Services website at:

By: Kayla Heaviside

Elliptical Training Free Fitness Orientation

ARC members, take advantage of a free fitness orientation at the ARC right now! Our ARC interns, who are all seniors in the fitness specialist major at SDSU, can meet with you privately to help you select the proper workout equipment and to instruct you on its safe and effective use. They can also provide you with free body fat testing and cardiovascular fitness testing.

Check out this helpful video to learn the most beneficial way to use the ARC’s elliptical machines. This video is an example of only a portion of all the tips you will learn when you meet with one of our fitness interns!

To schedule your free orientation, email OR call 619-594-0204