Grab some friends or join alone, only $25 per team registered! AND you get to choose out of these awesome activities:
Flag Football Tournament (7/team)
Outdoor Soccer Tournament (8/team)
Volleyball Tournament (6/team)
Registration closes on February 28th and if you are flying solo, come to the free-agent meeting at 9pm on the 27th at the Cary Street Gym.
See you there! Bring your A game!
Enjoy a beautiful day out of the city at the Blue Ridge Mountains. This fall is the best time of year to enjoy the weather and views that West Virginia has to offer. Join us and the OAP for a full day of hiking and get the opportunity to see the all waterfalls and scenic vistas the winter has to offer.
The trip will last from 8am to 7pm on December 1st.
Student $22, faculty and staff $27 and guests $31. For more information, visit the trip page.
We all know how satisfying a good workout can be. You feel rejuvenated, energized, and the day just seems to go a little smoother. We know how good that feels, and yet many of us can be found sitting on the couch (in what was supposed to be our gym time) sandwiched between some Chunky Monkey ice cream and a bag of potato chips.
It’s not the working out part that’s hard after all; it’s the difficulty of consistency that plagues many of our efforts.
Lindsay Ching, a creative advertising student at VCU, has found the motivation to make health and fitness a top priority. She has been working out regularly for years, but certain parts of her body weren’t transforming like she had hoped.
At first she blamed her lack of results on genetics. However, it became clear that to see the changes she desired she would have to make one for herself. Lindsay realized that while she was putting in the time at the gym, her diet was lacking that same discipline.
With her new insight, she looked to a Paleo Diet to refine her eating habits. This nutrition plan is often referred to as the “Caveman” Diet, and encourages returning to foods that our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have consumed. Meats, seafood and plenty of fruits and vegetables become the focus, putting an importance on proteins to keep full and increase metabolism.
Lindsay only allows herself a couple of cheat meals a month so she doesn’t veer off track. This has allowed her to finally see some of those sought after results she was after from the beginning—attributing 90% of her weight loss success to her refined nutrition plan.
It’s not just her body that’s been transforming though. Upping her commitment level has grabbed the attention of her family and friends, who may not have fully appreciated her goals from the start. “Now they see I’m serious. They know it’s a lifestyle change.”
Lindsay’s dedication has given them no choice but to become her enthusiastic cheerleaders. A few friends even showed their support by giving her a Nike+ Fuel Band, which automatically logs calories burned throughout the day, allowing her to better track her progress.
So while we were sitting on the couch, Lindsay learned the hard lesson that there are no shortcuts to health and fitness success. She is currently striving for that coveted six-pack and is open to fitness modeling or entering fitness competitions in the future. Lindsay explained, “The more I push it, the greater results I see”— A simple concept, with a difficult execution.
By Katie Burger
Be prepared for the worst the next time you venture into the back-country by learning by professional medical skills from one of the most respected organizations in wilderness medicine. On November 16-18, SOLO will teach you how to handle everything from a sprained ankle to anaphylactic shock. Upon completing the trip, you will receive a SOLO WFA certification.
The trip is $125 for students; $150 for faculty and staff; and $175 for guests. The cost includes transportation, food, lodging and equipment. For more information visit rec sports trip descriptions.
All female guides will teach you basic climbing techniques, safety, equipment and belaying in a safe and trusting environment in Goshen Pass VA. This rock climbing/camping adventure on the weekend of November 2nd is designed for women and will help you gain confidence in your abilities. Price includes food, transportation, equipment and guides.
For more information contact the Outdoor Adventure Program at 804.828.6004 or visit the OAP trip page.
Come out for an evening of canoeing under the stars on the James River. This trip is very suitable for parents with younger children! A guide familiar with the constellations will be along.
Price includes transportation, equipment, guides, and one night of canoeing. You must sign up in advance at the Outdoor Rental Center. For students the night will be $5; $7 for faculty and and staff and $9 for guests. For more information visit
The purpose of the American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/ED program is to help participants recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. The course teaches skills that participants need to know to give immediate care to a suddenly injured or ill person until more advanced medical personnel arrive and take over.
Upon successful completion of the class, participants will receive certification in Adult CPR/AED, Infant CPR and First Aid.
Individuals needing certification for Healthcare should sign up for the American Heart BLS or CPR for Healthcare provider course.
For more information and for a class schedule visit the Rec Sports Page.
Spend the weekend of October 27 biking the scenic roadways of Eastern Virginia. We will ride at an easy pace each day with all of our gear on our bikes. At night we will camp, have dinner and hangout around the fire. Our experienced cycling staff will help with instruction, maintenance and encouragement!
The trip is $22 for students, $27 for faculty and staff, and $31 for guests. For more information visit the OAP trip page.
Don’t let your fall break go to waste. Use it to get out of the city and enjoy the great outdoors! The OAP is heading out on a backpacking and a climbing trip, both set to leave on October 18.
The backpacking trip will be headed to Mount Rogers where we will climb to the highest peak in Virginia. This is a great opportunity to bet introduced to the world of backpacking.
Simultaneously the climbing trip will be going South East and will be spending time on some world-class rock. Each night we will camp and relax around the fire while eating some great food. All skill levels are encouraged to partake.
For more information visit the OAP Trip page.