Intro To Exercise

Ever wanted to “give exercise a go”, but not sure where to go or how to start?

Intro to Exercise will give you a chance to try a range of activities with other students who want to try something new.

During the 5 weeks you will have access to over 10 sessions each week that are just for you, ranging from group fitness classes, lifting classes, hill walks, and team sports.  Some will be mixed gender sessions, but others will be women only sessions.  These sessions are designed for those who have never tried the activity before, or still feel nervous participating with a large group.  You will have a chance to ask questions, work on technique, build confidence, and make new friends.  Join us for as many or as few sessions as you want and start your exercise adventure!

Programme Includes

Join us for our personal aqua class.  We will take you to Jellie Park where one of their expert aqua instructors will take us through a class.  No swimming ability needed as we will be in the shallow pool and you will be able to stand the entire time.  To register for this activity please see reception to register and pay.

Each day you will have a group fitness class that you can participate in.  Some classes will be held every week so you can practice your technique and learn the terminology before tackling one of our regular group fitness classes.  Other classes will rotate on and off the schedule so by the end of the 5 weeks you will have experienced most classes we offer.  The classes will be 30 minutes long with time at the beginning to get set up, and time at the end to ask questions. To register for these classes use our UC Rec&Sport app.

Take advantage of small group lifting sessions to learn how to lift safely and what exercises to do to work certain muscles.  These sessions will be limited in numbers so that each participant can get maximum time with our trainer.  Some sessions will be women only and all sessions will be held in the Women’s Only Zone.  Males can join the mixed sessions and these will still be held in the Women’s Only Zone as we will have it booked out just for this group.  To register for these classes use our UC Rec&Sport app.

If you’ve wanted to learn how to play Bowls but never felt confident enough to join a club, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a go.  We will walk you over to the green, where they will have coaches ready to teach you the fundamentals of the game and give you a chance to play.  All equipment will be provided, but please wear flat shoes that will not damage the green.  If you are allergic to bee or wasp stings please ensure you bring your medication with you.  You can sign up for just one session or all 10 and anything in between.  To register for this activity please see reception to register and pay.

New to Christchurch, or just haven’t been exploring lately?  We will take you on four different walks around Christchurch and show you what Christchurch has to offer.  We will start with a flat walk close to campus and progress in difficulty.  A good pair of shoes and a water bottle is all you need.  To register for any of the walks please see reception to register and pay.

With the beautiful setting of the Botanical Gardens who wouldn’t want to give kayaking a go!?!  We will take you to the Avon River where you will learn how to kayak in a gentle, shallow river.  You will have an hour to explore the river and see the Botanical Gardens from a different perspective.  An ability to swim is not a requirement as the river is quite shallow and if you fall out you can just stand up.  To register for this activity please see reception to register and pay.

We have some amazing new equipment at the RecCentre that can look very intimidating but can help you with you activity journey.  These sessions are designed to show you how to use the equipment and what features it has so that you can track your work outs, push yourself, and achieve your goals.  To register for these sessions use our UC Rec&Sport app.

If you’ve wanted to learn how to play squash but never had someone to teach you, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a go.  We will drive you to Squash Canterbury where they will have coaches ready to teach you the fundamentals of the game and give you a chance to play.  You do not need to bring any equipment with you but please wear non marking court shoes.  You can sign up for just one session or all 10 and anything in between.  To register for this activity please see reception to register and pay.

Seen others playing ultimate and thought it looked like fun but a bit too technical for you?  Come and learn how to throw the Frisbee correctly, learn the rules of the game, and some insider tips.  We will meet at the RecCentre and head to Ilam Fields where you will learn all things Ultimate Frisbee from Ultimate Canterbury.  To register for this activity use our UC Rec&Sport app.

Each week of the programme you will be given a weekly challenge to help keep you active and trying new things.  These activities are designed to use your new found knowledge of the RecCentre and Christchurch and to continue being active.

Your support package

  • Beginner classes to help you with technique, queues, and terminology
  • Female only sessions
  • Sessions on how to use the Technogym equipment to fully maximize your time in the gym
  • Transportation to off campus activities
  • Access to discounts in other UC RecCentre programmes

The investment

  • UC students free to join
  • Non UC Students $20 to cover membership card
  • $2 for any off campus trips

Key dates

  • Registration for Term 1 Feb1-Feb 19
  • Term 1 runs March 1-April 1
  • Registration for Term 2 April 1-April 22
  • Term 2 runs May 3-June 4
  • Meet and greet the team Thurs, Feb 25 (TBC)

How to register

  • To register for the programme fill out the online form by clicking the red button below
  • For on campus activities use our UC Rec&Sport app
  • For off campus activities register and pay at reception 

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Register for Intro to Exercise