Club Sport of the Month: Water Polo

NC State University Recreation would like to recognize Water Polo Club as Club Sport of the Month. They are a proud member of the Atlantic Division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association and continue to place high at invitationals!

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I was able to talk to the President of the Water Polo Club, Josh Horner, to learn a little bit more about the Water Polo Club at NC State.

University Recreation: Tell me a little bit about the Water Polo Club.

Josh Horner: Club Water Polo is addicting, challenging, and supportive but most of all rewarding.

UR: When does your season start, and how long does it last?

JH: Our season is in the fall semester and finishes right before winter break.

UR: Are there tryouts? If so, how does the process work?

JH: Club Water Polo does not have tryouts however we prefer people with a background in aquatic sports.

UR: How often do you practice? What is your typical practice like?

JH: During our season we practice 5 days a week. Monday through Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. During the off-season we drop our Sunday practices. A normal practice includes a swim set or workout, individual skills training, and drills/ scrimmages.

UR: What upcoming competitions are you preparing for?

JH: March 28th and 29th we have the Wolfpack invitational at NC state’s natatorium. Easter weekend we have UNC’s yearly tournament, and the weekend after that we are traveling to Georgia for a tournament at UGA.

UR: What is it like competing against other schools?

JH: Because water polo has a small following on the east coast, it means that all teams in the league know each other well. This creates rivalries between similarly skilled teams in the area while also forging friendships between members of each team.

UR: Does your team have any recent achievements that you are especially proud of?

JH: In the Fall we placed in the top 4 in the Atlantic Division of the CWPA.

UR: What is your best memory with the Water Polo team?

JH: My fondest memories take place during tournaments, when team bonding and our skills are at their peaks. Traveling to different schools up and down the east coast while playing water polo with life long friends are some memories that I will never forget.

UR: What is a tradition your team has?

JH: Every year graduating seniors receive signed water polo balls to remind them of the memories they have while they were members of the team.

UR: What is your favorite thing about being a part of a club sports team?

JH: Club sports teams offer anyone the chance to become part of a supporting group of people who are all looking to accomplish similar goals. This pushes everyone on the team to strive for group success while making him or her better simultaneously.

UR: What sets Water Polo apart from other sports?

JH: Water Polo athletes have been proven to have the highest success rate in Navy Seal training.  A good Water Polo Players must be able to swim, wrestle in the water, and still have enough dexterity to skillfully control the ball, while never touching the bottom of the pool.

UR: What if someone is interested joining Club Water Polo? How can they find out more information?

JH: They can E-mail the club at

We can’t wait to see more of what the Water Polo Club has to offer! Keep up with their schedule at

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Winter Workouts: Stay Fit during the Cold Weather

We’ve all fallen victim to the winter rut at one time or another. The couch becomes your best friend and being physically active doesn’t seem to be as much of a priority with swimsuit season so far away. But no matter the season, staying physically active is always important. When University of Colorado researchers studied a group of twelve women and six men in both summer and winter, they discovered that their production of ATLPL, a chemical that promotes fat storage, almost doubled during the winter and dropped during the summer. Simply said, the most vital time to stay active is actually during the winter months and many studies support that all you need is 30-minutes of activity a day to keep your body and mind in a healthy state. As the level of difficulty to workout increases when the outside temperature decreases, here are a few suggestions for winter workouts that will help you to stay fit in the cold weather:


Indoor cycling classes are a great way to get a full-body workout in a short amount of time. University Recreation offers cycling classes five days a week with multiple classes offered each day. The combination of an instructor and a hype playlist will help you to stay motivated throughout your workout and push your muscles to the limit. These classes are sure to make you break a sweat and get your heart pumping and all you need is a short 55-minutes.


In case cycling doesn’t sound appealing to you, there is always different options for staying active. There are four Group Fitness dance classes at University Recreation. Cardio Dance incorporates high intensity cardio, as well as basic choreography to make a fun, interactive class. Dance and Sculpt is a dance fitness base while also incorporating exercises for sculpting and strengthening your body in only 55 minutes. We have two ZUMBA® classes, the dance class as well as the step class. ZUMBA® is a Latin-inspired dance workout that uses footwork and rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Reggaeton. ZUMBA® step incorporates the same rhythms and also a step platform to add different footwork combinations. Any of these dance options are a fun way to switch up your workout!


Believe it or not, Pilates is one of the best ways to get your heart rate pumping. This full-body workout is a double whammy; it’s great for toning and shaping as well as lengthening and strengthening your muscles. Take these winter months to focus on realigning and strengthening your body so when the season of outdoor runs and bike rides comes back around those cardio exercises don’t seem so difficult.

It’s easy to put off working out in the winter. The combination of cold weather and early sunsets does make curling up on the couch much more appealing than hitting the gym. Push yourself to devote just 30 minutes of physical activity a day and your body will surely thank you.

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New Year, New Health Resolutions

Every New Year Americans across the country set lofty new fitness standards with the goals of living a healthier, more-active lifestyle. These people hit the gym hard in the early months only to burn out and give up. They don’t plan appropriately and when things get tough or difficult, they give up. Personally, I know that I have failed to meet my New Year’s Resolutions many times.

The key to staying strong and reaching your fitness goals is planning. The first step you need to do is make fitness a priority. Many claim they don’t have time to go to the gym or workout, but the truth is; if you care about it you will make time for it. Everyone is busy, but that doesn’t mean everyone is unhealthy. Take a hard look at your schedule and make some quality time to achieve your fitness goals.

It is important to have some structure in your workout. University Recreation is the perfect one-stop-shop for all forms of structure. University Recreation has multiple programs to keep anyone on track.



This program aims to help students and members reach their fitness goals through the help of an accountability partner and goal planning. Commit can be used to achieve any type of fitness goal. While the program will not guide users through activities each day, it will serve as a means of keeping users motivated and on track. For only $60 for students and $75 for members, a MoveCoach will guide you through an eight-week program that is designed to help people reach their goals. More information can be found here.

Small Group Training

Small Group Training lets participants explore a different component of fitness by combining Group Fitness Classes and Personal Training. This format allows users to gain the benefits of working in a group and receiving one-on-one attention. All sessions are led by Nationally Certified Personal Trainers and/or Group Fitness Instructors that are trained to help you see results. Small Group Training focuses on progression, skill development, motivation and enhanced fitness at every level.

Perhaps you are ready to register for a program or have a structured class. University Recreation also has alternative programs that are designed to help you.

Comprehensive Fitness Appraisals

University Recreation offers comprehensive fitness appraisals that provide students with a baseline measurement on their health. Understanding where your body is at versus where it needs to be from a health perspective can motivate anyone. The appraisal includes measurements on heart rate, blood pressure, body composition, aerobic capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance, static and dynamic posture, power, and flexibility. You can find more information about this program here.

If you are further along in the process and have it all figured out, University Recreation always has open spots in the weight rooms and cardio rooms. Intramural basketball is also starting up very soon – which is a great way to get in shape.

There are numerous resources available on the Internet for free to get you started. Jump in today and thank yourself tomorrow.


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Student Employment Feature – Lifeguards

University Recreation employs more than 700 students per year, in many different positions and departments. We reached out to one of our Lifeguards, Carrigan, and asked her to give her insight on being involved as a Lifeguard Manager and Swim Instructor for University Recreation.

University Recreation: What does your position entail?

Carrigan: My primary duty is to ensure a safe environment for all users and participants. As a manager I supervise pool operations, programs, and maintenance. Which includes the design and facilitation of training and evaluation of lifeguards. 

UR: Why did you choose to work at University Recreation?

C: I chose to work at University Recreation because I believe in helping others lead a healthier lifestyle and I enjoy the work atmosphere.

UR: What does being a lifeguard mean to you?

C: Lifeguarding is high-risk employment and at any moment you must be ready to respond to potentially life-threatening situations. The training I have received as a lifeguard equipped me with the skills and confidence needed to respond to emergency situations in the workplace and the responsibility to respond to situations outsides of University Recreation.

There is a large influence on student learning when working in collegiate recreation. A study conducted by Stacy Hall shows that there are three major themes that come from working in collegiate recreation: interest in working with people, leadership skills, and gaining communication skills. All of these themes would be beneficial in any career that a student chooses after graduating.


UR: What is the most valuable skill or lesson you have learned working for University Recreation in your current position?

CI have learned the importance of confidence and a positive attitude in all I do. My employment with University Recreation has taught me how to develop my strengths and natural abilities to become a better employee and more effective team member. 

UR: What has this position helped you learn about the professional world?

C: Working at University Recreation has dramatically influenced my professional development. As I gained responsibilities within the Aquatics Program, I learned how to professionally communicate with my coworkers, customers, and other users.

UR: What would be your recommendation for students considering a lifeguard position or other positions with University Recreation?

C: I highly recommend employment with University Recreation, the tools and opportunities available to you for professional development are numerous, plus, the professional staff and student staff are supportive and fun!

USA Today found that having a job on-campus is beneficial because on-campus positions are more flexible with your school schedule, you will have a larger social circle, it will add to your resume by giving you more work experience as well as transferrable skills, and give the small step to the beginning of independence before going off into the real world. Receiving a paycheck teaches you how to manage money, which is useful going into the working world, as well as learning accountability to show up for your scheduled shifts. Working in an on-campus job has had nothing but positive influences on my life as an undergraduate, and the same goes for Carrigan. I believe that everyone should look into working at University Recreation, the friendships I have gained through working here will last a lifetime, and I have learned many valuable skills that have prepared me to work with all types of people in the working world.

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Rocks 101: Get Schooled on the Climbing Wall

I expected to go on the wall with ease, considering I took the HES class that NC State offers on rock climbing two years ago, but I was wrong. Apparently two years is a long enough time to be able to forget almost everything that I had learned previously. I would compare the way I looked at the beginning of the clinic to a fish out of water, flopping around while trying to reach the next ledge of the rock. After my incredibly embarrassing moments, I made sure to listen carefully to the instructors, Bekah, Tyler, and Alex’s words of advice. By the end of the clinic, I was able to climb up semi-difficult pathways with the techniques that I had learned!

Rocks 101 is one of the many clinics that Outdoor Adventures offers for beginner climbers to learn the fundamentals skills. These skills will increase climber confidence and make climbing the wall much easier. These clinics are an awesome way to meet new people while participating in a fun workout! Even though I left with jello arms, I was able to make some new friends in the process.

Climbing Wall

At the beginning of the clinic I was given a harness, a pair of shoes, and a helmet to make my time on the wall as safe and easy as possible. After struggling for a second to put on my harness without falling over, I was able to begin tying my knots for belaying. I began climbing the wall with another participant belaying me, and of course I fell multiple times. I finally made it to the top, and I could definitely feel the burn in my arms, climbing the wall was a great workout.

I would definitely recommend for others to try out a rock climbing clinic! The Carmichael Complex Indoor Climbing Wall staff is great, and the opportunities for learning are endless.

As a continuation of Rocks 101 clinic, there will be another event held at the rock wall called Rocks 201: Rappelling Clinic. This workshop is geared toward intermediate climbers and will cover equipment, knots, safety practices, and climbing techniques to excel on the Carmichael Complex Indoor Climbing Wall. This semester Rocks 201 will be going into the specifics and techniques of safely rappelling. Rocks 201 is being held on October 19 and it is only $5, which covers all equipment and time spent on the wall. All participants must be blue card belay certified by the clinic to be able to participate. All belay clinics are $10 and all dates can be found here.

To learn more about other programs, be sure to visit the Outdoor Adventures webpage or go to the Outdoor Adventures desk in the lobby of the Carmichael Recreation Center.

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