Your Guide For Working Out At UBC

Looking to fill that hour between classes by getting physical? Don’t sweat it, or do. UBC has so much to offer in the line of exercise facilities and opportunities. Here is the low down on where to get fun and efficient workouts on campus.
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If you’re looking for some seasonal fun and exercise to do with friends, why not check out the UBC Ice Rink. The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre offers public skating, drop-in hockey, stick and puck and more. If you’re looking to practice your hockey skills or just get a good leg work out at public skate this is where to go. Friday night public skate sessions are always a blast with friends and its only $3.50 for skate rentals (with student I.D.) or free if you have your own skates! Public skate and hockey drop-in session schedules can be found here, http://www.icerink.ubc.ca/public-sessions/index.php.
The UBC Aquatic Centre is conveniently located right in the centre of campus and has an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room. Swimming is a great, low impact form of cardio exercise and the Aquatic Centre is free for all UBC Students, just don’t for get your student I.D. You can do a few soothing laps in the pool and then soak in the hot tub before heading to your next class feeling refreshed and relaxed. However, if smelling like chlorine is not for you but you still want to take advantage of this free workout facility, there’s a small fitness and weight room located underneath the aquatic centre. Check out the aquatic centre schedules and more at http://aquatics.ubc.ca/.
It’s no doubt that we have the most beautiful campus in the world and thus, the opportunity for so many picturesque running moments. Running is one of the most efficient and adaptable forms of cardio and as it can be done anytime, anywhere. Among the best places to run at UBC are along the beaches and through the trees. Take a run down Marine Drive towards Spanish Banks, enjoy a beautiful view and get great workout at the same time. But make sure to be careful running on wet beach stairs, I know from the experience of a sprained ankle that this may not always be the brightest idea in February weather.
Another great place to run at UBC is Pacific Spirit Park, although, make sure to grab a running buddy to avoid getting lost. Also, if you’re looking for somewhere to work on your sprints or intervals then hit the track located just off Wesbrook Mall. Running in the fresh, crisp winter air will clear your mind and open it up for studying and managing all the craziness of university life.
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The Birdcoop Fitness Centre, in addition to being a great deal, is also an awesome place to get a quick workout. A membership to the gym is only $25 per term so take advantage of this convenient and effective location for getting active. In addition to a fitness area and weight room there are showers and locker rooms located within the Student Recreation Centre so you won’t need to worry about being a hot sweaty mess in your next class. If you’re looking for some personal training or a fun group workout, there are also trainers and instructional classes available at the SRC. For more information visit, http://birdcoop.ubc.ca/.It’s really worth it and if all else fails you can always just visit the gym in search of some eye candy!
Also, be sure to check out Rexercise, a free series brought to you by the UBC REC Health Promotions Team. This year, Rexercise will strive to promote positive mental, physical and emotional health and additionally, provide students an opportunity to de-stress and have fun. Sessions will be featuring a different activity each week and will meet in the Student Rec Centre. For more info on Rexercise events look here, https://www.rec.ubc.ca/events/rexercise/ or follow us on Twitter (@UBCREC) for updates on Rexercise events, times and locations.
There you have it, the 4-1-1 on fun, effective, super fun and also, budget-friendly workouts on and around campus. Now go and enjoy a  fun ice-skating workout with friends or get jacked at the Coop. Enjoy, UBC!

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