Syracuse University Department of Recreation Services

Syracuse University Department of Recreation Services


We are focused on health and wellness opportunities,
and those include, but are not limited to, 6 campus fitness centers, 2 swimming pools,
an ice skating pavilion, intramural program, a sport club program, an outdoor education
program. We provide a great avenue for resources for
student development and leadership, and an amazing opportunity for students and campus
community to engage in healthy activities. We have 5 facilities on main campus. The 3 biggest ones are Archbold fitness center,
Ernie Davis Hall Fitness center, Marshall square mall, and then we have 2 smaller ones,
and one on south campus. There are a lot of different options. So, there is a classic gym facility with classic
weights, cardio. We have pools, we have fields, we have a lot
of basketball courts. But, there are smaller more intimate facilities
for those who aren’t as comfortable in a large setting like this. We have our main NHL size sheet of ice. We also have a studio rink. Every students uses it for a different reason. Some of them, it’s their escape from the stress
of classes. Some of them it’s the social atmosphere. Whatever your reason is, we have a gym for
it. Late Night is a program established to keep
the facilities open until 1 o’clock in the morning. The gym is not as crowded, and every thing
is free. You have a class of yoga, self-defense, you
have salsa dancing. We’ve tried a little bit of everything. We do offer personal training which you can
book in the Recreation Services office. It is available to anyone with an SU ID. Alumni, employees, faculty, students, grad
students. You know, we have some really great trainers
here. You get between 45-60 minutes per session,
and we see where you’re at, what your goals are, where you want to go, and design a program
to get you there. I love my clients, I really really do. They’re awesome. they show up and they give me everything and
I try to do the same for them. They put in the hard work and so do I, usually
it works out pretty well. Before I had a trainer, I really just ran,
but now that I have a trainer, I take advantage of everything. It gives me the extra motivation and I really
look forward to going to the gym. We employ over 250 students in our programs
and activities. We are really honored to have them work for
us. That we will train them and the will be the
leaders for us. It’s nice to give back to the community a
bit, and it also keeps me in shape. My favorite thing about the job is bonding
with the patrons. You see your regulars, you see them every
day or whenever your shift is so you start to get connected with them. It can be rewarding to see a freshman come
in and get their first job, and by the end, you’re recommending them for their future
job. I definitely recommend applying for a job. It’s a great place and I wouldn’t want to
be anywhere else. It’s about doing it because you love it. And learning that transition is kind of the
whole process of being in intramural. Your ability doesn’t matter, we’ve got all
different level of ability in sports. We aren’t looking for the best atheletes,
we are looking for people that want to have fun. The big one is basketball. It starts at the beginning of the semester
and carries right through until almos tth end of the semester because there are so many
teams. it is the biggest sport by far. I used to play basketball in high school and
like its always a dissapointment when you graduate and you dont have any like serious
sports going on anymore. It’s just fun to come out here and play with
your friends a little bit. Intramural hockey is another great league. It’s the perfect niche for the person who
wants to continue playing competitive hockey but might not want to make the commitment
of playing on a club team. All the teams are out there hustling and there
are 10 teams which is pretty impressive. I look forward to Monday every week. I love coming out and playing with the guys,
it’s a great time. We also have indoor soccer. The best thing about it is the comraderie
with our team. It’s a little like being in a ping pong machine. you can play off the walls, the balls are
bouncing around. It’s like %50 soccer, 50% pinball. Broomball is a unique sport, where players
do not wear skates, they play with their sneakers on, on the ice. Like compared to hockey they are just a lot
more goofy nature to running on ice becuase your shoes arent really made for it. It’s a lot harder than you think it is. Running on ice is not always the easiest thing. And, its fun! it’s fun to go out there, win
or lose, end of the day, everyone out there is having fun. And, volleyball is another popular one. It’s really good. This is the first time I’ve played and I thought
the competition was really good, it was fun. and the peopel here are really nice. And, it’s something active to do after school
and I really like that. The competition can get a little fierce sometimes,
but usually people are pretty friendly with each other. We have a lot of fun here. Fitness classes we offer in the fall, spring,
and summer. We do spin classes, we do yoga. We also do the sculpt classes. So, we do a hybrid crossfit class. We do swim lessons and aqua fitness. They’re all great. It all just depends on what their looking
for. I loved it so much, i decided to keep going
with it. You’re not doing the same thing the entire
time. You’re switching it up. A lot of basic movements, curls, lunges, squats,
presses, you’re basically using movements you need to develop your base, get stronger. That’s what we gotta do to build you up from
the ground up, and that’s what we do here. It’s a great work out, you know. It takes your mind off things. The music is great. I think anything with a good beat is good
to spin to. Because, once you find that beat, nothing
else matters. The hydro bike is low impact onthe knees,
but at the same time, you’re jackin up the heart rate, and working the legs. Working the core, working the cardio. There are a bunch of different levels of swimmers. I teach the basic survival skills, like, teaching
people how to breathe, be able to stand up. Some people enter the water feeling terrified
or they’ve never been in the water before in their life. So, I try to make them feel comfortable. In September of 2013, we opened the outdoor
challenge course. Ever since, it’s been growing in popularity
on campus. We’ve served over 1,500 participants through
the course in the first 3 months we were open. On our course, we host the unique capacity
to host up to, like I said, 8 people at a time, moving through the challenges together. So we’ve essentially created a situation where
we allow the teamwork to continue and not just as an individual, but as the entire team
moving through the highs together. We’re doing great, this is great teamwork. We’re getting there. You can move to the left side, to the right
side, there are various number of options to be able to choose from. Through the low elements and to the high elements. And, really spend the day out here just exploring
the outdoor challenge course. That’s basically exposure to the different
recreation opportunities in Upstate NY. To get people outside. The two biggest trips are the white water
rafting trip and the ski and snowboard program. The rafting, we go up to the Black River up
in Watertown and we spend about 3, 3 1/2 hours on the river. Ski and snowboard is a 6 week program. I’m not gonna lie, I was scared beyond belief. but, my friends were there and there were
amazing instructors. Teaching them how to do everything from falling
safely, to falling leaf, and the basics of how to stop. i just love the winter time, you know you
gotta make the best out of all the snow that we get. The Lake Placid trip gives you a unique perspective
on what an Olympic area is like. And then , to go hurtling down a sheet of
ice at 70 mph, that’s something that will get you out of your comfort zone. I remember my freshman year, i couldn’t get
my friends to come with me, so I came alone, and I met so many people doing these trips. For the winter break, we’ve done the Outward
Bound Canada Dog sled and snowshoe expedition out in the wilderness of Algonquin Park. Summer trip the past couple years has been
the Grand Canyon. Backpacking and white water rafting trip on
the Colorado River. It’s a great way to get off campus and to
do something kind of out of your element. Participation in our sport club groups allows
students the opportunity to continue the sport that they love. We currently have 57 registered sport clubs. it’s top 3 in the country. It provides students the opportunity to compete
collegiate in a sport. We’ve got girls from all different majors
and experience levels. With swim club you’re kind of swimming the
entire team. Water polo you’re swimming and hanging out
with the girls. I play on a team that like not too serious,
but everyone is still committed. A lot of good people. We take it easy on beginners. you learn how to fall before anything else. Before you ever get thrown. You learn how to take care of yourself before
we even worry about anyone else hurting you. Even for any other sport, for any martial
art, no fear, give it a try. I love to dance and I love the bond you make
with the people here. I think it’s really cool to share like cultures
across cultures and stuff like that. and I’ve learned a lot from my teammates about
Indian culture and where it came from. The sport is really unique. It doesn’t matter how strong or fast you are. It’s really kind of a chess game in your mind
that you have to pair with your abilities and reflexes. You can’t just charge at your opponent every
time. You have to think tactically of how to set
up your actions. How to draw out your opponent to make them
do what you want. Everyone is awesome. Then, of course, it’s hitting them. and the fact that they’re cool with being
hit. We’re looking to go in a stronger direction
and keep the program going in the right way. and, to come out, just have a pair of skates,
gloves, stick, and give it a shot. anyone is open to come. Don’t miss an opportunity. You have 4 years t Syracuse, play a sport,
have some fun. There are a ton of clubs. There are a lot of sports to do. Basically anything you could think of SU rec
services has it. It’s a great way to get involved on campus.

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