Rockin' the Rec Center 

New bike center makes cruising campus easier

Clayton Wangbichler

Now that classes at Boise State are up and running, it's time to start exploring college life, and that doesn't just mean pub crawls. The Student Recreation Center is stepping up its game with a long list of offerings, most of which are available to the general public so those of us who collected our degrees long ago can still be part of the campus scene.

The university recently opened a new Cycling Learning Center in the Lincoln Parking Garage next to the rec center. While the CLC has been around for years, a new focus on promoting alternate forms of transportation--done in partnership with Transportation and Parking Services--means the new center not only can help you fix your beater bike, but when the wheels finally fall off that bike, you can buy a new one or rent a loaner for the day at the CLC.

University Health and Recreation spokesperson Heather Carlson said plans call for maintenance sessions, as well as group rides.

The rec center is also hosting a full schedule of instructional fitness programs and this year's class lineup includes yoga therapy, boot camp, Pilates, ballroom dancing and even a hula hooping class that promises to twist your core into shape.

Of course, if shaking your hips to better health isn't your thing, you can always take advantage of a class that was apparently based on a Navy SEALs training program. The TXR Boot Camp involves using straps suspended from the ceiling or wall to use your own body weight for resistance training. While we wonder if that could mean pulling a shoulder out of socket, it looks both hardcore and intriguing.

For those with an eye toward winter, the rec center is also hosting a ski fitness class one day a week for eight weeks.

If the idea of heading back to campus has you all nostalgic for the days of your youth, you can always join the new Masters Swim Team. It's swim team for grown-ups, complete with coaching and reserved time in the pool. Classes start Monday, Sept. 5, run through Dec. 3, and cost $75 for members or $125 for nonmembers.

If you want to learn how to protect yourself, register for one of the two free self-defense classes scheduled in October.

And finally, for extra credit, did you know that the rec center offers massage services? Well, it does, and it's open to all seven days a week. Call the service desk at 208-426-1131.

Times and costs for individual classes vary, so visit for more info.

Deanna Darr

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