Looking for a way to stay in shape while attending Concordia? Then let campus recreation help you.
Most of the recreational sports leagues and activities begin registration today, with the others following in the next couple of weeks.
Students whose athletic abilities don’t quite extend to the varsity level have a myriad of different co-ed leagues in which to participate.
Soccer fans looking for a way to stay in shape throughout the year will have plenty of options; outdoor soccer, played on the Loyola field, which runs from September to October, indoor soccer, held in the Loyola Gym from September to December, and dome soccer, which will begin in November, once the dome is erected.
If you enjoyed tossing a Frisbee on the beach this summer, then Ultimate may be for you. A fast-paced sport that involves throwing and catching a Frisbee, and lots of running, the outdoor Ultimate season wraps up in October, but the dome league starts in November.
The ice hockey league begins its season in September, and finishes in April. Unlike the other leagues, which are open to all, including the general public, hockey is reserved exclusively for Concordia students, staff, faculty and alumni. Its popularity is to blame &- 40 different teams compete in five different divisions to become the CIHL champions.
New to the Stinger Dome this year is Lacrosse 101, another sports league that will get underway once the Dome goes up in November. The season concludes in April.
Basketball and volleyball round out the list of fall sports leagues. Both take place at the Loyola Gym from September to December.
Any student can also take advantage of free gym time, when the Loyola Gym is open weekly at pre-determined times for anyone looking to play a little pick-up basketball, badminton, or another sport of your choice. Equipment is available for rent in exchange for a Concordia ID card. The schedule will be posted on the campus recreation website.
Most of the fitness classes take place at Le Gym, the fitness centre located in the EV building at the downtown campus.
With 17 different sections, spinning dominates the aerobic/cardio type classes. All 40 minutes long, these spinning classes can help improve your cardiovascular endurance while building muscle and burning fat.
The selection of dances classes is also impressive. From salsa to contemporary dance and zumba, the newest fitness craze, now is your chance to learn those moves you see on your favourite dance competition reality show.
The martial arts classes range from popular martial art forms, like karate, to ones you may never have heard of, such as ninjutsu, described by the campus recreation website as a “a complete system for self-defence and healthy living.”
If you would rather be able to work out whenever you like, a membership at the Le Gym will cost you $60 for the semester or $5 for each individual visit.
For students who split their time between the two campuses, the $60 includes access to the weight room at Loyola. The price for a membership to the weight room only will be determined shortly.
Personal training is available at the EV Fitness Centre. One complementary session is included when you become a member of the gym, and each subsequent session costs $25. They also have different packages, ranging in price from $25 to $230, if you’re looking for more in-depth instruction.
With such a variety of classes, you’re sure to find something to keep the extra pounds away. The campus recreation website, www.concordia.ca/recreation, has all the information you need about the location, times, prices and location.