10 Must-Try Rec Activities on Campus

 

Gym at Cromwell Field1. STEP OUT TO WORKOUT

Exercise anytime you like under the open sky. Stop by one of three outdoor fitness stations on the University Park Campus. SYNRGY BlueSky stations are located in front of Parking Structure X and on the Parkside Residential College lawn. Scan the QR codes on the equipment for exercise suggestions. Cromwell Field’s custom-designed fitness stations include high bars and platform boxes popular with weight trainers. Bring your own medicine ball or TRX straps to enhance your workout.

WHEN & WHERE? PSX & Parkside: 6 am to 10 pm & Cromwell Field: Before 1 pm & after 5 pm daily

 

Triathlon2. JOIN A CLUB TEAM

USC has more than 50 club teams, many competing at a national level. From mainstream to esoteric, there’s something for everybody. Here’s a partial list. • Ice hockey • Lacrosse • Rugby • Soccer • Softball • Volleyball • Wrestling • Ultimate Frisbee • Beach volleyball • Gymnastics • Judo • Kendo • Taekwondo • Boxing • Marathon • Cricket • Equestrian • Polo … and much more

CONTACT: bit.ly/RCCContacts

 

Chaotic Dance

3. IMPROVE YOUR DANCE MOVES

Freestyle or fox trot, hip hop or salsa, whatever your scene, getting out on the dance floor is a great way to stay in shape and meet new people. Beginners are always welcome. Here are just a few of the recreational dance clubs to find your groove at USC: • Chaotic 3 • SC Ballroom and Latin • Dance Team • Street Dance Society • Break Through Hip Hop • Drishti • Traditional Chinese Dance at USC • Xpressions Dance Company • Zeher • African Dance Club

CONTACT: bit.ly/RCCContacts bit.ly/EngageSC

 

Yoga with Fisher

4. SAY ‘NAMASTE’

Stretch, breathe, connect. Find your inner balance and serenity. It’s good for the body and the soul. With so many yoga and mindfulness options on campus, there’s no excuse for staying stressed.

• Yoga, mat Pilates, PiYO and yoga sculpt at the Lyon Center and USC Village Center: usc.edu/recsports

• Yoga at the Fisher Museum: fisher.usc.edu

• Happy Hour at the Engemann Student Health Center (tai chi, yoga, mindfulness): usc.edu/owhp

• Mindfulness practice groups at various campus locations: mindful.usc.edu

• Student orgs like Breathe SC and the Yoga and Meditation Club at: bit.ly/EngageSC

Intramural Dodge Ball

5. GET INTRAMURAL

Play singles tennis alone or join a squad for flag football. From rookies to fierce competitors, everyone can participate. Whatever your sport— basketball, soccer, dodgeball, volleyball, racquetball, flag football— USC hosts recreational leagues at every level. Play once a week for four to six weeks. Advance to the playoffs for maximum bragging rights. Get out there and win.

INFO: uscintramurals@gmail.com SIGNUPS: myrecsports.usc.edu

 

6. MAKE SPLASH IN WATER SPORTS

Dragon BoatUSC gets 292 days of sunshine, so go ahead, get wet. Your heart and lungs with thank you. Trojans have plenty of options through recreational clubs, including: • Crew • Swimming • Surf • Water polo • Dragon boat • Scuba Dive

CONTACT: bit.ly/RCCContacts

 

 

7. TAKE A GROUP EX FITNESS CLASS

Zumba ClassWake up with PiYo (Pilates & yoga), go SCycling between classes, take a muscle conditioning or TRX study break, and end your day with a high-energy cardio dance or F45 workout. Rec Sports holds more than 70 classes a week in many formats. Plan your workout around your class schedule. Those mood-improving endorphins relieve stress, help you sleep better and keep you going through midterms and beyond.

CONTACT: recsports@usc.edu

SCHEDULE: bit.ly/LRC_GroupEx

 

Basketball8. CHECK OUT “OPEN REC”

There’s nothing like a pick-up game to break the ice, build your teamwork skills and burn off a late-night study snack. Lyon Center and USC Village courts are open until midnight. “Open Rec” badminton, basketball and volleyball games happen every week. Come alone or bring your team.

CONTACT: recsports@usc.edu

 

Ping Pong9. PICK UP A RACKET

Swing your arm. Hit the ball. What’s not to love? Between the Ping Pong Posse, Tennis Club, Squash Club and Badminton Club, every Trojan can get in on the racquet. For less structured racquet sports, check out “Open Rec” times at the Lyon Center, USC Village Center and the Tennis Complex.

“OPEN REC” INFO: recsports@usc.edu

STUDENT REC CLUBS: bit.ly/RCCContacts

 

10. HIKE L.A.

Just outside of the high rises of our city are tons of trails for taking in nature while getting fit. Student orgs like SCOutfitters and Peaks & Professors lead frequent outings to destinations both local and exotic. Adventure Gurus, Climbing Club, and Keck Hiking Club are also great options for outdoorsy Trojans. Check them all out to see what “peaks” your interest.

Students can search student orgs at: bit.ly/EngageSC