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Roll for Relief and Relaxation

October 5, 2018

Lets be honest when you read that title you didn’t think you’d be reading an article on foam rolling.  Some of the most common questions we get in our fitness centre are “What are those things? What am I suppose to do with it?  Does it really work?  When we get these question most people are referring to foam rollers.  Read More →

Live Life Your Way

September 21, 2018

When I went to university I had a difficult time making the transition.  During my first year, I reached the half-way point and I still hadn’t found that feeling of being “in stride” with it. I understood the routine of getting up for classes and making sure I caught my bus at the same time every day.  I also felt the stress of the workload piling up on me and I barely had any free moments to relax and not think – to be young and having fun.

I thought my January resolutions would’ve held out … but who was I kidding. I knew it would be the same pattern as before, and just thinking that way had already set me up for failure. I knew that if I was to succeed with what I wanted out of life I had to really take a good look at myself, really see who I was and face some of the unwanted answers to the question “Who am I?”. I would have to make some tough decisions, and change the way I live by recognizing my personal patterns (both good and bad).

Here are some tips that helped me back then and continue to help make my life one that I design for myself and not something that others have programmed for me.

1)     Just Do It

One thing that stops most of us is our inability to just do something, anything. What should I do? How should I do it?  Just the momentum of movement will lead us to answers we seek as long as we remain detached to the outcomes and remain focused on ourselves. Energy creates energy. Fears will be there and barriers will come but by taking a simple step towards what you want you will bring yourself closer to that bliss we all chase.  This one step will also create emotions within ourselves which, when they are in line with our true path, will lift us up and carry us further down the path of our dreams. However if you deal with any type of anxiety this can seem like a huge deal. It’s easier said than done. Work on being gentle with yourself and working on non-judgment. If you can find yourself at a point where you can forgive yourself for doing nothing you are on the right track to getting into doing something. There is no race in life. You are on your own timeline which can give you that sense of freedom and relieve some of the pressures on ourselves.

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Rec Services Lunch Event: RSP Challenge

September 13, 2018

September 26th: Rock/Scissors/Paper-Lunch Event.
Try your luck against other staff and students in everyone’s favourite one handed game!

Open to all at RRC, free to play, fun to try!

The Rebel in You – A 12 Week Wellness Program

September 7, 2018

Sometimes starting an exercise program can be more challenging than the working out itself. Having to figure out how to get started, learning new terminology to what’s the difference between a rep and a set as well as knowing what to exactly do while in the gym. That is why we designed a custom p specific for The Rebel in You.rogram

This is a complete guide to getting moving and started on a journey of healthy living. Inside you’ll learn different terms and a glossary of definitions. The booklet has advice as to why being active is the right thing for you to do and it gives tips to help keep you on track, even when we find ourselves with a setback, we can still learn from it and use the tips to get back on. You will be shown how to find your target heart rate to make sure that when you are training aerobically you are being efficient and reaching the level needed to reach your goals. It also helps you with how to make and set goals!

Included in the program booklet is a couple of full workout programs, which you can do at your own pace and you can keep track of it with the weekly calendar data chart to measure progress. Each program can be done for the entirety of the 12 weeks, or you can switch to another one if you feel you’d like to be challenged a bit more from the previous program. One of the programs is designed without any equipment which means it can help you become more familiar with movement and your body but also it means you can also do it at home. At the end of a workout or on a day you feel you need a stretch you can use the stretching guidelines to help balance out the work you’ve been putting in from the exercising.

Regardless of your level of fitness or experience, this program is designed to help you get a little bit more from your wellness plans and to help guide you in a total wellness program. The Rebel in You wellness booklet can be found on our website and it is free to download. Feel free to ask coworkers to join in, or family members to help provide support and a bit of social gathering time while you do something good for you. To be well is less about how you “should” go to the gym, or about the time you denied yourself dessert but more of an understanding that you matter and are important. That the higher value you place on yourself to take one more step or do one more rep pays out not only in your future self but also in your present self. We all are living a life where life happens, so we do not need to wait for life to happen in the “right way” for us to be well but we can practice being well in ourselves with each moment so that we create a life of wellness and well-being.

Bike Share program at Notre Dame Campus

August 31, 2018

The Rebels Rec Services bike share program was established in 2015 as a way for students and staff to run errands, be active or just take a leisurely ride.

The program is part of the department’s commitment to providing sustainable and convenient transportation options.

Currently four bikes, which will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, are located at the North Gym on the NDC Campus.

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Registration Now Open for Fall Term Fitness Classes

August 29, 2018

Registration is Open for Fall Term Fitness Classes!

Red River College Athletics and Recreation Services offers Group Fitness Programs suited to all interests and fitness levels. Our highly trained and enthusiastic instructors will lead you through a fun and challenging workout suited to you. Fitness classes are also free for all RRC Students!!

Registered Programs for 2018 Fall Term

Yoga with Michelle on Mondays 4:15-5:15pm
Self Defense with Chris on Mondays 12:05-12:50pm
Zumba with Lindsay on Tuesdays 4:15-5:15pm
Block Therapy with Joanne on Tuesdays 4:15-5:15pm
Circuit Training with Cameron on Tuesdays from 12:05-12:50pm
Tantric Hatha Yoga with Keith on Wednesdays 4:15-5:15pm
Boot Camps on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:05-12:50pm
FREE Morning Boot camp Thursdays 7:00-7:45am
Yoga with Holly on Thursdays 12:05-12:50pm (NDC) and 4:15-5:15pm (EDC)

For more information on the classes and how to register click here


Bike Share Program at RRC

July 9, 2018

Rebels Rec Services offers student, staff and our members at the Notre Dame Campus the opportunity to borrow bikes during the day so they can get out, explore and be active.

We recently added two new bikes to the program and encourage you to come borrow one.

For more info on the bike share program visit

23 1/2 hours

July 3, 2018

by Mario De Negri, Rebels Rec Services Fitness Coordinator

Here is an interesting video I came across which speaks to me as I believe movement is medicine and should be taken daily. I think about movement as a pill and ask myself if I took it today or not. I often get caught up in the time it takes to move and why I can’t just swallow it and be done with it.

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Rec Services Hiring Intramural Supervisor for 2018/19

June 28, 2018

Intramural Supervisor Job Description

RRC Recreation Services is hiring a Intramural Supervisor for the 2018/19 school year.

The Intramural Supervisor is to assist the Recreation Coordinator in running a safe, fun and successful Intramural program.

This position will allow the individual to gain experience for future jobs in recreation, community development and events/programming management. The position will provide experience for the person in communications, marketing, event planning and team work skills among others.

Below is the full job description.

Intramural Supervisor Job Description

To apply, submit a cover and letter and resume to