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Stay active and social this semester with the U of R’s Rec Services for students

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: September 14, 2021 9:00 a.m.

Students have access to the swimming pool, which has several rec and lane swim times throughout the week.
Students have access to the swimming pool, which has several rec and lane swim times throughout the week. Photos: provided by the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies

With many students back on campus, but fewer on-campus events and classes, it can be a challenge to socialize and meet new people. Did you know that all University of Regina students can access the fitness centre, pool, and UR Fit classes for free with a student ID card? You can also participate in intramurals and try out for varsity club sports. While we slowly transition back to near-normal activities on campus, this is a great way to stay active and safely socialize with others.

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Students in a Build It Up Bootcamp class
(photo taken prior to the COVID-19
pandemic).

“We are really happy to have many of our students back on campus, and I certainly encourage them to take advantage of the fitness centre, UR Fit classes, and organized sports,” says Dr. Harold Riemer, Professor and Dean with the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies. “While things may not be completely back to normal, we hope that students can use the fitness facilities and team sports as an outlet to socialize and meet new people.” 

Intramurals begin the week of September 27, with basketball, volleyball, and dodgeball leagues available to join. To register go to imleagues.com and create an account with your U of R or First Nations University of Canada email address. You can sign up as an individual (a free agent who will get placed with a team) or as a team. Teams play in a league followed by play-offs and a championship game. 

In addition, if students have any requests for team sports they would like to see added to intramurals, they can email Alison Fisher, Coordinator, Student and Youth Programming, at alison.fisher@uregina.ca.  

If face-to-face sports aren’t your thing, the U of R also holds its own e-sport events, as well as e-sport events with the Canadian Collegiate e-Sports League. The e-sports events will be offered throughout the semester in a tournament or ladder league format. You can play in one event or all of them. To register for any U of R e-sports event, create an account or log into IMLeagues.com with your U of R or First Nations University of Canada email address. 

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There are basketball, volleyball, and
dodgeball intramural leagues available
to join (photo taken prior to the
COVID-19 pandemic).

“For those who are new to gaming and e-sports, there are opportunities to learn and play in a safe, fun, and competitive environment,” says Alison Fisher, Coordinator, Student and Youth Programming. “In both the Intramural and CCEL events we encourage everyone to come out and play, even if you are new to the game.” 

If you have a request for a game you want to see added please contact alison.fisher@urgina.ca with your suggestion. 

If you’re looking to hit the gym, all U of R students have access to the Fitness and Lifestyle Centre (FLC), as long as they have a valid student ID card. In the FLC you can access a four-lane 200 metre indoor track, a core strength/stretching area, and a large selection of cardio and free weight equipment. 

To simply take a look around the FLC or to go for a work-out, you can stop at the FLC front desk and a staff member will scan your student ID. If you have any questions about any of the equipment, one of the FLC front desk staff members will be able to assist you. 

Not quite sure where to start? All students can access a one-time personal training session at no cost. During this session, you can discuss your goals and what exactly you are looking for, and the trainer will set up a program for you. Email flc.trainers@uregina.ca to book your session and get started! 

The FLC is open Monday to Friday from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and masks are required. 

In addition to the Fitness Centre, all U of R students also have access to the swimming pool. There are several rec and lane swim times throughout the week, as well as from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. On the weekends, parents can also bring children for a drop-in fee of $4 per child (Senior drop-in fee: $5; Adult drop-in fee: $6). Visit the Aquatics page for a list of all the rec and lane swim times. 

There is also a variety of UR Fit classes that students can attend for free. There are several different classes to choose from for all levels of fitness. This includes strength and cardio classes like POUND and Zumba; spin classes; varying levels of yoga classes; and deep and shallow water aquafit classes. 

To register for a class visit the Active Communities site, create an account with your U of R email address, search for your class, and choose either the in-person or live-streamed class. You can also pick up a drop-in pass from Recreation Services and drop in to any class that is not full.   

If you’re not in the Regina area, or prefer to work-out at home or on your own schedule, there is also a variety of pre-recorded classes on UR Fit On Demand. You’ll find hours of fitness classes including HITT sessions, yoga, and more! To access the UR Fit On Demand classes, visit mediaspace.uregina.ca, log in with your uregina credentials, select “All Channels”, and search for “URFit”. All live-streamed classes are added to UR Fit On Demand, so there are always new classes to choose from! 

If you’re interested in developing your skills and competing in a specific sport, you can check out the U of R’s various Varsity Club Sports. These teams compete on behalf of the University of Regina under the Cougar umbrella, but they do not compete at the U-Sports level (with the exception of curling). 

There are tryouts coming up for several of the varsity club teams, and many of the teams have a practice roster for anyone who would like to learn and participate in the sport, and then a separate travelling roster that goes to competitions. Many of the teams are also currently looking for players due to former players finishing university and/or no longer living in Regina. 

For information on all of the rec services and programs available to students, visit the Recreation Services web page. You can also email Alison Fisher, Coordinator, Student and Youth Programming at alison.fisher@uregina.ca or Jessica Lewgood, UR Fit Student Manager at urfit.manager@uregina.ca

The University has committed to creating a healthy campus community and learning environment in its 2020-25 strategic plan All Our Relations, or kahkiyaw kiwȃhkomȃkȃninawak in Cree. Well-being and Belonging is one of the five areas of focus in the plan, with three interconnected objectives within it: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Healthy Living; and Mental Health Literacy and Research. 

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