Resolution Reset | Recreational Services


In case you haven't noticed, it's February. One month into 2018 already! If you are one of the millions of people who set fitness or health related resolutions one month ago and find yourself already uninspired, can we suggest thinking outside the box? First, let's steer away from resolutions that revolve around a number and instead, think about the experience. A healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be boring - there are a ton of ways to move that are also a ton of fun. We're not saying you shouldn't hop on an exercise machine, but we do suggest taking a minute to see what else is out there. Luckily, we've put together a handy-dandy list for you. 

1. Climbing

One of the most underrated ways to work out at the CRWC is the climbing wall. Climbing is a fun and non-traditional way for both beginners and seasoned climbers to get in a full body workout. This customizable workout can help improve physical fitness, mental health, self-confidence, and to meet new people. Learning to climb with us through climbing lessons at the CRWC. And if you're the competitive type, you can sign up for our Show you Care-abiner Climbing Competition on February 10. 


2. Group Fitness 

Another easy way to stay motivated and have fun keeping your fitness resolution is to try out a group fitness class at the Field House and CRWC. We offer up to 20 classes that are free to all Rec Services members. Fitness classes are a great way to switch up your workout because you can go to multiple different classes each week! Cycling, Pilates, Zumba, Yoga, and Kettlebells are just a few classes in the constantly changing schedule. These are drop-in classes, no registration necessary. See the schedule here, We also offer Specialty Fitness Classes. These classes meet at the same time every week and are a great opportunity to track your progress and meet new people. 



3. Intramural Sports

Competition can be a huge motivator, which is why Intramural Sports is a perfect way to stay fit and get out some of that competitive energy. Intramural Sports offer opportunities to get moving with a bit of friendly competition. Each semester, we offer a wide range of sport leagues, tournaments, and other events for students, faculty, and staff. If you want to play an intramural sport but don't have a team of your own, we have a Free Agent Facebook Group that can help you find teams in need of more players. Plus, if you win the championship you can show it off to everyone with your Intramural Champion t-shirt. 


4. Iowa Indoor Rowing Challenge

Rowing offers a unique and challenging workout for rowers of all skill levels. In February, we host the Iowa Indoor Rowing Challenge which is open for masters, youth, juniors, individuals, and teams. Rowing can help build upper body, core, and leg strength all at the same time. The best part about the Iowa Indoor Rowing Challenge is that all are welcome, regardless of skill or age. Visit our event page to learn more and register now.


5. Macbride Nature Recreation Area 

Regardless of the time of year, the great outdoors is guaranteed to be the best gym. We manage the beautiful 485 acres Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MRNA) and it's right outside of Iowa City. If you want to stay on land, there are trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. If you want to make a trip out of it, there are also multiple camping sites at the MNRA. Lake Macbride, which surrounds the MNRA offers tons of ways to get moving on the water, like kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddle boarding. If you don't have the gear for these outdoor activities, a visit to the Outdoor Rental Center can get you fully outfitted without breaking the bank. Check out all gear we have here


6. Tennis

If you're trying to pump up your cardio this year and you like tennis - good news, we offer a little something called Cardio Tennis! Join us for weekly adult cardio tennis classes for players of all abilities and skill levels at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. If tennis is new to you, there are also weekly opportunities for beginner classes and private lessons. Plus, once you hone your tennis skills, you can test them out during the Intramural tennis season.


7. Lifetime Leisure Skills 

Lifetime Leisure Skills classes are a great way to learn a new skill, meet more people, explore the Iowa City area, and earn credit.  This spring, there are still spots available in Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Snowshoeing, Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Ballroom Dancing, and more.  It doesn't get better than that, right? Register now by searching "LLS" on MyUI. 


8. New Equipment at the CRWC

If you haven't noticed, the CRWC is stocked with new equipment! Some of that equipment is pretty non-traditional, including the Jacob's Ladder, Ski-Erg, S-Drive, and the Tire Flip 180. This equipment helps to take some complex exercises and makes it easy to do them right from the CRWC. Check them out on the second floor of the CRWC and on the bridge on the track. 


There you have it! Eight ways to reset your resolution with Rec Services. Here's to a healthy and happy 2018!