Remember the first time von visited the I niversitj of Houston and
were in awe at the facilities, nameTv the Campus Recreation and
Wellness Center, known to students as simply the "rec"? OK. maybe
not, but I was! I was fascinated by the recreation center on m\ first
visit, to I of II. I was ready to work out right there on the spot.
We've all heard of the dreaded Freshman 15, meaning you are
expected to gain fifteen pounds during your freshman year of college.
That is most likely due to the combination of Stressful classwork,
nobody telling you what to do or when to do it, and large meal plans.
After indulging in the delicious cheeseburgers and homemade meals
prepared in the cafeteria, you promise yourself "Lin going to the rec
right after this meal." Prett) soon it becomes TU go tomorrow, or
maybe the da\ after." It's easj to put on those pounds but difficult to
If you believe the above statement, I have a newsflash for you — the
hard part is motivating yourself to lose weight. The action of working
out is not hard. It could actually be fun thanks to the various acti\ i-
ties offered 1>\ Campus Rec, short for the name of the recreational
department on campus.
When some people think of the word "workout." the first things
that come to mind are heavy weigbtlifting and miles of running on a
speeding treadmill with an intimidating personal trainer on the side
screaming demeaning statements in your ear. Truth is. Campus Rec
has the weigbtlifting and treadmills to use at your own discretion
or pace, and the trainers are there to serve you and help you w ilb
whichever part of your body you want to focus on. They will do it
with a smile on their face.
Aside from the weight machines and treadmills, the recreation center offers more than 100 different pieces of equipment. If you want
to get your cardiovascular system in shape without running in place,
the rec has an indoor track slightly smaller than one you might see
around a high school football field. Then, there are the traditional
ellipticals and Stair Masters.
For sports fanatics the rec features five basketball courts, countless
racquetball courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, diving area,
leisure pool with slides, indoor soccer arena, and a rockclimbing wall
that is the largest in the state of Texas. After a hard workout, students
rati relax and unwind in the whirlpool in the aquatics center.
Still not enough? If you're looking for a more active, fun way to
burn off unwanted calories, Campus Rec offers numerous aerobic
and dance classes. Everything from step to yoga to even bellydanc-
ing is taught by professionally certified teachers, some of whom are
students. One of them is Shireen Amira, a senior history major and a
belIv dancing instructor.
"i think it gives the customers more options on different ways to
work out. [f you don't want to lift weights, if you don't want to do
cardio, then there are other options," Amira said about the various activities patrons have to choose from. "There're dance classes.
There Ye a bunch of classes that can also get your tummy toned."
"The setup is pretty good, \ou\e got various activities if you know
what you want to do and where to go to get the stuff you need," said
Corey Burney, junior kinesiology major and regular patron at the
rec. "Usualry when I go up there, I try to play a couple of games of
basketball and get in the weight room."
So whether you want to play a friendly game of badminton, an
intense pickup basketball game, or kill time and pounds by taking
a dance class, the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center is your
one-stop building for all your fitness needs.
By Brian LeGrand