The Capilano Athletics & Recreation (A&R) department strives to promote and develop health and wellness across campus. By providing amenities and activities — and by making most of them free — we hope to complement your learning in the classroom with a healthy lifestyle that helps you become more well-rounded individuals. Whether before, in between, or after class/work, we invite you to get involved and take advantage of the amenities and programs on campus.

  1. Free weight room in the Sportsplex — Open Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., the weight room is completely free for all CapU students, faculty and staff; all you need is your CapCard and you’re in! The facility has exercise bikes, treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, squat racks, dumbbells and several other machines which cover a wide range of exercises. There are change rooms and showers available for use in the Sportsplex, and lockers can be rented on a term basis ($20/term for small, $30/term for tall).
  1. Free drop-in sports — Each weekday between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., the gymnasium in the Sportsplex is open for drop-in sports. Mondays and Wednesdays are for soccer and dodgeball, Tuesdays and Thursdays are for basketball, Thursdays are for racquet sports (badminton, ping pong), and Friday is open gym. All you need is appropriate gym footwear and your CapCard: give your card to the front desk for any equipment you need.
  1. Fitness classes — Each term, the A&R department offers fitness classes taught by trained instructors. In Fall 2017, two new courses will be offered: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Forrest Yoga. HIIT will challenge you with intervals of cardio and strength training, and the class will include options to meet your fitness level. The class is taught by Andrea Eby, who has a Master’s in Physical Education and has over 20 years’ experience as a fitness leader; she also teaches marketing in the School of Business. The classes are Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Forrest Yoga is a modern yoga based on Hatha Yoga. The practice is founded on four principles: Breath, Strength, Integrity and Spirit. The sequences of poses are designed to help you develop the skills to awaken each of your senses and remove emotional mental blocks. Instructor Laleh Adl has focused solely on Forrest Yoga for the past two years and received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification in February. The classes are Tuesdays from 12 to 1 p.m. The cost is $5 per course for students and $7 for faculty and staff. Payment can be made at the Front Desk of the Sportsplex.
  1. Events and activities at the CapU Student Residence — If you are living at the new CapU Student Residence at 2420 Dollarton Hwy, the Athletics & Recreation department will work alongside the Residence Life team to create events and activities in the gymnasium down at the Residence. Ideas and suggestions are welcomed!
  1. Weekend intramural tournaments — The A&R department plans to run a co-ed ultimate frisbee and flag football tournament on campus later in the school year. Details are still in the works, but there was strong interest from students over the first week of September. We plan to start organizing for a weekend date in either mid-Fall or the Spring. If you have any interest, or any ideas about other intramural tournaments you’d like to see, come visit the Athletics & Recreation Office in the Sportsplex or email cjpentland@capilanou.ca to let us know!

Submitted by CJ Pentland, Athletics & Recreation

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