Rec Center offers variety of classes and equipment

The MU Recreational Center has some new and unique opportunities to help you meet your fitness goals this semester. Whether you are trying to keep up with your New Year’s resolution or work on your spring break body, certified trainers, classes and equipment are there just waiting for you.

The Leisure University Boot Camp is a free training service that will be at the Rec Center from Feb. 17 to March 21. The boot camp is a group exercise regimen lead by nationally-certified personal trainers. It uses evidence-based exercises to produce the best possible results. Sign-ups are available at zouLIFE on the lowest level of the Rec Center by the west entrance on Hitt Street.

In addition to LeisureU Boot Camp, TigerX semester memberships are available for $53. A membership provides unlimited access to TigerX classes, which include cardio, cycling, dance, Pilates, sculpting and yoga classes. All classes are given by certified TigerX instructors who are trained in their specific class programs.

“TigerX classes are a great way to meet new people and relieve stress,” said Madison Klope, freshman business major and TigerX member.

This semester TigerX is introducing INSANITY classes into their schedule. The INSANITY classes are based on the popular DVD workout series. The name can be intimidating, but each exercise has multiple intensity levels to accommodate people of all fitness levels.

The Rec also has various facilities for more independent workouts, such as the Cardio Gallery, Jungle Gym, Quiet Jungle and Pump Room. The Cardio Gallery has over 100 pieces of cardio equipment and 17 flat-screen TVs to reduce wait time and boredom. The Jungle Gym has weight machines as an alternative to free weights. If free weights are your preference, then the Quiet Jungle and Pump Room are for you. The Pump Room provides a more intense weightlifting workout in comparison to the Quiet Jungle.

For a more nontraditional exercise experience, the Rec also has an aquatic center and a rock climbing wall. Scroggs Peak is a 35.5-foot climbing tower that starts next to the Pump Room and rises up through the Jungle Gym. The Rec also has a zero-depth pool, lazy river and waterfall in Tiger Grotto, one of the swimming areas within the Rec. By renting the climbing wall for parties on the weekends or relaxing in the lazy river of Tiger Grotto, the Rec can bring spring break to you if you have no plans to travel.

In addition to these classes and facilities, the Rec also provides spa services, such as nail therapy, facials, waxing and massages. These can be acquired by booking appointments at the zouLIFE desk in person or over the phone. All of these services can be student charged.

To fully maximize the MU Rec Center experience, Emily Bach, the associate director of the Rec, recommends reading the Rec’s blog and magazine, Mizzou Rec Nation.  Hard copies of the magazine are available at the Rec membership desk. For more information on the Rec you can visit www.mizzourec.com.

Elizabeth Johnson

About the Author Elizabeth Johnson

I am pursuing a degree in science and agricultural journalism with an emphasis in agricultural marketing. I hope to work in corporate public relations post graduation. I have a passion for communications and anything and everything Mizzou. My dad is a CAFNR alumnus with a degree in agricultural economics, and my mom graduated from the College of Education. Both of my parents grew up on family operated farms and in rural agricultural communities. This was the main factor in my decision to pursue a degree from CAFNR. I wrote for Corner Post during Fall 2013 and had no writing experience prior to that. I now have a new appreciation for investigative journalism and am excited to continue practicing it.