Creative ways to get fit


Rose Barraza

Climb, jump, dodge and flip this year for a complete and unique full body workout in Northridge and Van Nuys.

The Student Recreation Center offers rock-climbing classes with the membership that is already included in your CSUN tuition.

Rock-climbing clears your mind and works out your entire body.

“You’re fighting against gravity the whole time. You’re not doing this sort of artificial movement with your body,” said Griffin Srednick, a marine biology graduate student. “It all feels very flowing and rhythmic.”

The SRC is located near the USU closest to the G3 parking lot. Beginner and advanced students can climb Monday-Friday from 2-9 p.m,. and weekends from 12-4 p.m.

If climbing isn’t your thing, then maybe jumping might be the way to go.

You can dodge balls and jump around at Sky Zone Van Nuys, where you can burn up to 1,000 calories in just one hour for $15.

“I recommend college students to come here because it makes you feel like a kid,” said Alexis Ortega, first year CSUN business major student.

The place contains wall-to-wall trampolines to jump around on, as well as a special area to play dodgeball and a foam pit to jump into.

Wednesday is college night from 6-9 p.m. Pay only $3 for 30 minutes. College I.D. and a $2 mandatory reusable sky socks are required.

Check their schedule for your first visit.

Do you hate running? Tempest Freerunning Academy might change your mind.

The academy offers parkour and free-running classes that improve strength and balance for all clients. A reserved spot in class will cost you $25. Open gym is $15.

“Parkour is getting from point A to point B as fast as possible through any obstacle,” said Flip Rodriguez, Tempest Freerunning Academy head coach. “Free-running is a little bit different, as it is still getting from point A to point B, but with a little more style and flipping involved in it.”

There are various obstacles to leap, dodge and duck while there.

Visit the Tempest Freerunning Academy website for more information.