What Are Your Summer Plans?

Aztec Aquaplex Recreation Pool Aerial View
Aztec Aquaplex Recreation Pool Aerial View

Summer is a great season for enjoying Aztec Recreation membership. The air-conditioned ARC is open daily. Aquaplex, Aztec Lanes, ARC Express, tennis and racquetball are all available in the summer. Plus, the popular membership programs including Group Fitness, climbing and Intramural Sports are offered in the summer, as well. Check out the membership options to match your needs.

Graduating or Leaving SDSU, but staying in San Diego?

Aztec Recreation automatic monthly memberships are grandfathered. If you are paying a student rate, that rate does not increase after graduation. Keep your membership, keep your fitness routine and keep your same low rate!

Leaving SDSU this summer and returning in the fall?

Freeze your membership.Freezing places your membership and billing on hold from June 1 – August 14. You regain access to facilities on August 15 and billing is reinstated September 1. This program saves you hassle and money, too.

Leaving San Diego permanently?

Please be aware that automatic monthly billing memberships do not cancel automatically. If you wish to cancel, plan ahead and submit your online form by the 24th of the month. No action is required if you are an ALI student or are currently living in the residence halls.

Living in the Res Halls and Staying on Campus this Summer?

Prepaid membership for residence hall students expire on May 31, 2016. If you are living in the Res Halls again next year, you can purchase a short-term 3-month membership. If you don’t plan to move back into the halls, start your student membership for $19 per month. To register, sign-up in person at the ARC or Aquaplex.

Stepping Outside Your Comfort-zone, Try an ENS Class

We’ve got a brain scratcher for you:
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When was the last time you did something different? When was the last time you did something that excited you? And I mean REALLY got you pumped.  Something that filled your whole body with adrenaline, fear, and pleasure?  How about the last time you did something for YOU just because? Can you recall the last time that you tried to inquire a new skill or shall we dare say.. stepped outside your comfort zone?
As children, we’re natural risk-takers. But as we get older and learn to fear failure, we start holding ourselves back and attempting fewer new things.

The best personal growth comes from the moment we are focused out of ourcomfort-zone comfort zone. That is why we encourage all our Aztec Recreation members take a risk and try some of the ENS/ Credit Classes. From salsa dancing, rock climbing, to that surfing class you’ve been dying to try since your freshman year, we highly encourage you to wait no longer.  A great way to break you out of your mundane routine is to do something you’ve never done before, or try something you’ve never tried. Wake your brain up and tell it that you’re not just here to go through the motions. You’re here for a purpose! Break out of routine and fall in love with a new hobby.

DRUM-ROLL please! The list of our ENS/ Credit classes is finally here.

We are especially excited to announce some of our newest class additions this fall semester highlighted in red. Did we forget to mention.. You get CLASS CREDIT for the ENS classes?!

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Sports

  • Half Marathon Trainingcredit classsws sport
  • Beginning & Intermediate Basketball
  • Beginning & Intermediate Soccer
  • Beginning & Intermediate Bowling
  • Beginning & Intermediate Volleyball
  • Beginning & Intermediate Tennis

Fitness

  • Beginning & Intermediate Weight Trainingcredit classsws fitness
  • Intermediate & Advanced Swim Fitness
  • Functional Fitness Training
  • Fitness Training for Women
  • Progressive Pilates
  • Pilates Yoga Fusion
  • Group Fitness Fundamentals
  • Yoga Inversions
  • Restorative Yoga and Breathwork

Martial Artscredit classsws mar art

  • Self Defense for Women
  • Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Judo
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Jiu Jitsu

Dancecredit classsws dance

  • Ballroom Dance
  • Salsa Dance
  • Beginning & Intermediate Hip Hop
  • Lindy Hop

Outdoor Skills and Leadershipaaaa

  • Rock Climbing
  • River Canoeing
  • Backpacking

Water Sportsmbac sports classes

  • Sailing
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Wakeboarding
  • Wakesurfing
  • Rowing
  • Windsurfing
  • Surfing
  • Stand Up Paddling
  • Stand Up Paddling Yoga


Steps to register:
1. Login onto webportal.
2. Search for classes under Exercise and Nutrition Science (ENS) lists.
3. Register for class and time slot that works best.
4. A syllabus will be sent to your email regarding further details. 

Article by: Reyanne Mustafa

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

Synrgy 360 Video

The Synergy 360 is the standout piece of equipment at the ARC Express. Whether you are trying toSynrgy 360 Video Screenshot add some variety to your workout or create a fun circuit the Synergy 360 has a diverse set of multipurpose attachments which will revive your routine.

 

I highlighted a few of my favorite attachments on the Synergy 360 in this video, but I would also like to point out that there are many more stations in which you could use. For example, there are alternating monkey bars in the center of the station, rock climber grips for pull-ups, and adjustable cables.

The Synergy 360 is a great way to add resistance training to your circuit, and with its many attachments its great for friends of all fitness levels to workout together. Be creative and challenge your workout!

 

Written by: Anthony Sawh

 

Importance of Mobility for Strength Training

Mobility is both beneficial to all aspects of fitness and is easy to improve and maintain.  It is your ability to control your limbs throughout their full range of motion, and can sometimes be confused for stretching.  Although stretching and flexibility are both aspects of mobility, mobility has a direct functional effect on movement.  By working on mobility, not only will you be able to avoid injury but you will be able to execute exercises with more power and efficiency. Watch the video below to see how different mobility exercises can help you get into a more optimal squat position.

 

 

As the school year begins, the gym gets packed with students from a wide range of fitness levels.  From beginners to thoroughbred fitness gurus, students are eager to put the amazing facility at the ARC to good use.  But, before you go charging in to grab a bench or claim a pair of dumbbells, let’s take the time out to prepare the most important piece of equipment in the gym: you. Your body is the most complex machine found in any gym facility.  With over 200 bones and over 650 different muscles, it is important to recognize the endless possibilities of movement patterns and leverages it can accomplish.

Making sure your body has the sufficient mobility for weightlifting should be an essential part of your workout routine.  It allows you to get into optimal positions and execute movements in ways where you are testing the strength of your muscles and not the integrity of your joints.  It also prevents injury by giving you the awareness of any weaknesses you may have in your muscle groups so you will not compensate by overworking and straining other dominant muscle groups during exercises.

Lack of mobility often manifests itself in large compound movements.  The squat is a great example.  Lifters will often times lack mobility at the bottom of the squat in their ankles and hips, which forces their toes and knees forward and outward to create space for their hips to drop down, while at the same time, shifting weight onto the toes.  This starts an avalanche of problems as your body attempts to compensate for the lack of strength created by the poorly leveraged squat position. As the knees come forward, all the weight shifts onto the quads, eliminating the entire posterior chain from the movement (the posterior chain consists of all the muscles on the backside of your body including the glutes, hamstrings, calves, and back).  The body will compensate for the lack of strength with the knees, hips, and lower back, putting them under tremendous strain and often leading to injuries in the future.

You can improve your mobility in countless ways.  Essentially every muscle in your body can be worked on and improved for better performance.  Several high quality foam rollers and bands are available for checkout at the front desk and the PVC pipe is available for use in the Fitness Room.  The ARC also offers various Yoga and Pilates classes throughout the day to all members which can help you strengthen your mind muscle connection and your core while improving flexibility and mobility.   So before you go crazy with the weights, take a moment to make sure your body is primed, supple, and ready for action

Article by: Jimmy Shiba, Graduate Health Promotion Intern,  MPH Candidate

Are you working on your mobility? Let us know how #LiveWellAztecs

More mobility resources:

(A more in depth description of joint mobility and joint stability as the foundation of any workout program)

(Joint mobility as it relates directly to the squat. Video and article by multiple powerlifting world record holder Bryce Lewis)

(The difference between mobility and flexibility.)

 

 

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness Model

If you are staying active and eating healthy, you are on the right track to being the best version of you. But fitness and nutrition are only part of the puzzle when it comes to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. This Eight Dimensions of Wellness Model is a resource to help you take a holistic approach to your health. When you think of yourself holistically, you realize that these dimensions are interconnected and that your well-being involves a balance among these dimensions:

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Physical: Caring for your body in order to stay healthy now and in the future; eating well and being active.

Social: Maintaining healthy relationships; enjoying being with others; developing strong friendships and intimate relationships; caring about others and letting others care about you.

Emotional: Managing your emotions in a constructive way; understanding and respecting your own feelings, values and attitudes; appreciating the feelings of others.

Occupational: Developing a sense of your strengths, skills, values and interests for your career; maintaining a balanced life between work, family, play and taking care of yourself.

Multicultural: Being aware of your own cultural background and becoming knowledgeable about, respectful of, and sensitive to the culture of others.

Environmental: Awareness of how your behavior impacts the earth, as well as how the physical world impacts you; demonstrating a commitment to a healthy planet.

Spiritual: Finding purpose, value and meaning in your life with or without organized religion.

Intellectual: Growing intellectually, maintaining a curiosity about all there is to learn; valuing life-long learning and responding positively to intellectual challenges.

 

#LIVEWELLAZTECS

The Live Well Aztecs initiative is a partnership of campus resources with the goal of providing programs, services and outreach efforts that educate, support and inspire SDSU students to lead healthy, balanced lives.

SDSU students will benefit from:

  • Centralized coordination of outreach efforts.
  • Enhanced integration of programs and services focused on supporting individual well-being.
  • Fostering a campus culture that supports healthy, balanced lifestyles.
  • Utilizing the Live Well Aztecs brand to enhance awareness and impact of programs, services and outreach efforts at SDSU.

Article by: Tyler Aguilar, Recreation and Wellness Commissioner