RecSports Blog

  Sep 20   Intramural Sports

The Quest for the Championship Tee

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to wear the most exclusive t-shirt UF offers? I interviewed recent Intramural champions about what it took for them to win the Intramurals Champions t-shirt.Taylor Norberg: So how does your team know each other?Federico Cunha, Soccer, Team Sporting FC: We’ve been playing together for two years, but the team has actually been active […]

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  Aug 31   Outdoors

CORE Can Take You Out of Your Comfort Zone

What comes to mind when you think of summer?Do images of warm beaches and high tides take you back to your favorite memory? Taking a leap, eight students decided to defy this basic idea of summer and travelled to Iceland, the land of fire and ice. CORE leaders, Jackie Matthews and Amber Larkin, led participants and all braved hiking up to 12 miles a day carrying a minimum of […]

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  Aug 17   News

Activity Boosts Brain Power & Keeps You Connected!

Want the secret to your brain performing at its best? The answer is to get your blood pumping with physical activity!After reading John Ratey’s Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, I learned that exercise is not only good for your bod, but also for your success as a student.Exercise is a form of stress because it requires your body to react […]

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  Jul 25   News

Climbers take on Yosemite’s Half Dome in their own backyard 

“I haven't climbed or even been to Yosemite (National Park),” Tony Lopez told me. He recently completed this summer’s Lake Wauburg Climbing Challenge. “It’s one of my future travel destinations now!”Tony climbed Lake Wauburg’s Carolina Climbing Wall from the ground 25 times, which equals the height of Yosemite National Park’s famous Half Dome hike. That’s 1,375 feet of […]

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  Jul 10   Outdoors

Summer in Iceland

Our Iceland TRiP participants are prepping for their international adventure, and I can’t help but wish I were going, too!Leading the trip with their expertise and hysterical antics, CORE’s dynamic duo, Amber Larkin and Jackie Matthews, told me about what the participants are in for.“The scenes we’ll be hiking through sound like they’re straight out of a folk tale,” […]

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  Jun 1   News

The July Photo Challenge is back!

Smile for the camera, Gators, because the July Photo Challenge is back! Follow the daily themes to post photos that showcase how you #LiveInMotion.Instructions:Follow our calendar below and take your own photos to showcase your active interpretation of the theme! If you need a creative push, our RecSports Instagram will be providing you with our own examples as well as […]

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  May 11   Fitness

Get major health benefits from Olympic Weightlifting

Do you know about the health benefits that come with lifting weights?Keep calm and make some gains in this summer’s weightlifting clinics so you can continue to strengthen your overall health!The Olympic weightlifting clinics train participants on the proper techniques for clean-and-jerk and snatch movements.These explosive, fast exercises will result in more […]

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  Apr 21   News

Previously Enrolled Students are always welcome back

Graduating this semester? Taking the summer off from classes? If you’re staying in Gainesville, you don’t have to leave the RecSports family.You can continue to have access to your favorite facilities, group fitness classes and more by purchasing a Previously Enrolled Student Membership at the reduced student rate.  Nothing can stop your summer bod goals now.Nina Farro, […]

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  Mar 31   Fitness

Train for Midnight Fun Run!

Midnight Fun Run is right around the corner! Are you going to train for it? You can track your current fitness status at the Fitness Assessment Center!The Fitness Assessment Center is inside Southwest Rec, and offers free 30-minute sessions for MFR participants. Midnight Fun Run is a 5k loop through campus, so the assessment looks at your heart rate and blood pressure, […]

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  Mar 13   Outdoors

Extend your spring break with a Lake Wauburg staycation!

Want to fight the post-spring break blues? I’m heading out to Lake Wauburg the first Saturday after spring break for another day on the water! On March 18th Lake Wauburg will be hosting the Music in the Park event to kick off spring.I’m already day dreaming about a gorgeous day in the sun alongside friends and enjoying live music!  At noon the UF Steel Band will set the mood […]

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  Feb 24   News, Nutrition

New RecSports Dietitian offers nutrition services and redefines ‘dieting’

She grows her own garden, loves to buy local and harvests veggies for her pet rabbit. My friend Jessie Furman, UF RecSports’ new Registered Dietitian, turns wholesome eating into a lifestyle philosophy.“I’m an anti-diet dietitian,” Jessie told me. “My approach is to educate you on nutrition and then we establish the goals you want to reach. We come up with a lifestyle for […]

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  Feb 17   Outdoors

Gandalf with a Paddle

Sometimes I’m a mediocre teacher.  I stutter.  I talk too fast.  I skip around topics like a pinball, only to realize my students aren’t connecting the dots.  Since I often teach outdoor skills, like paddling a sea kayak, the mediocrity also displays in my “less than perfect” ability to model strokes.  Insert “sad face with a little tear” emoji.Where am I falling short?  […]

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