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Summer fitness group activities serve as an outlet to the CSUN community

Namiko Knight, 21, senior kinesiology major, performs a dance movement during practice for the CSUN Hip-Hop Club on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 in the Motivation Studio at the SRC. Photo credit: File Photo/The Sundial

This summer, members of the Student Recreation Center can participate in several events and programs to keep them motivated to workout at a cost effective price.

The SRC started the Youth Programs, Intramural Sports, and Outdoor Adventures workshops for members to workout over summer at a cost affective price. Members consist of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the alumni association.

“We’re not here to make money,” Tim Szczepanski, Associated Students OA Coordinator said. “We’re here to make an experience.”

The wilderness outing program is one of the 40 trips a semester that sell out, including trips to Florida this past spring break and Hawaii this coming June, Szczepanski said.

During summer, Szczepanski said there are less trips and more communal introduction trips for freshman such as Camp Matador and Wilderness Welcomes, which OA is trying to get for transfer and freshman students.

Jefferson Barstad, a secondary guide for OA and sophomore at CSUN, was looking for something on the CSUN website when he came across OA’s website. When he was a freshman, he was looking for something fun to do and signed up to go on his first OA trip.

“[Students interested in outdoor activities] should definitely come by our office,” Barstad said. “We have so many different things –– any outdoor activity, this is the place to come.”

After Barstad’s rock climbing trip to Stoney Point his first semester he became an employee of OA.

“Guiding trips –– I’ve grown so much as a leader,” Barstad said. The experience on trips with guiding, giving presentations and debriefing after meetings and trips has helped him grow as a person, he said.

OA’s free summer workshops will be taught by the students. The workshops will be listed on the CSUN OA page sometime in June. The one-up will include basic backpacking, snorkeling, and the Leave No Trace workshop.

“OA holds free workshops during the semester in the SRC conference room or they’ll rent a room on campus,” Szczepanski said. “They take six to 10 people per workshop and eight to 10 people per trip, depending on where the trip is, and will have about three to four trained employed guides.”

Outside of OA, the SRC has introduced a few new programs for summer on the CSUN website. One of the first programs, Youth Activity, launched on May 9 through June 6, for children ages three to six.

“One of the things we noticed is that a lot of the members have kids,” Jorge Lopez, Operations Assistant of the SRC said.

The dance class, titled Dance Mania, is open to the children of members and costs $20 per child for all six weeks.

Another summer program the SRC is hosting is intramural sports, where students, staff, and faculty can participate in leagues to play outdoor soccer and basketball against other teams. The teams can be men, women, or co-ed, and can be registered for free online and can be paid for at the front desk of the SRC, Lopez said. Intramurals is $5 for students and $10 for faculty and staff for the summer.

I Work Out Team Edition, is one of the free activities going on over summer to keep members of the SRC active and motivated to workout.

On the I Work Out page of the website a member and their friend can partner up to motivate one another to work out and get fit while earning prizes for their milestones. I Work Out Team Edition registration will end on June 12 and the workshop will go through June 18.

If students would like to simply use the SRC as a continuing member during summer, they can pay the membership fee of $83 for the whole summer or $10 for the day, Lopez said. The price goes down 60 to 70 cents per day for the days you lose of summer; the later you sign up the cheaper the membership will be, Lopez said.

The SRC is open Monday through Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. as well as Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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