Hey! I’m Dustin Connors, and I am here to tell you what I think are the best parts about PSU Rec Programs. I have enjoyed so many great times over the years at PSU, and Rec Programs have helped me stay mentally and physically active. Here are just a few things I want to share with you about where I work and what we do here at PSU!
Location is on point
One of the best parts about the Fitness Room is that it is in the HUB, right in the center of campus. It is so easy to hit the gym whenever you want. Hours extend from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and varying hours on the weekend. You can either wake up early, then work out or do school work, or wait until evening to get your pump on. All you need to work out is a pair of gym clothes and your Student ID!
Group Exercise classes
Our group exercise classes are free and for everyone. Whether you haven’t worked out a day in your life or you do every day, we offer great classes taught by professional instructors, including Yoga, Pi-Yo, Spin, Bootcamp, and Zumba. Plus, PSU is always looking to add new content. Classes like these are awesome because you have experienced teachers, and they are always timed so you get the right workout. Oh yeah, my favorite part about these classes is that they are FREE! Did I mention that yet? So, grab your yoga mat and we’ll meet you there!
Plenty of way to compete.
PSU has a lot of different clubs, ranging from golf and rugby to ski and snowboard. It’s a fun way to either continue a sport that you played in high school or try something new. You also get the opportunity to travel around New England and even the country with your club. We even have some sports that you may not think of right away like… BUBBLE SOCCER. I can remember the first time I walked into the gym and saw kids running around inside huge plastic bubbles; it was a fun sport to spectate. It’s really easy to make a team too, simply grab a bunch of friends and sign up, or go as a free agent. Other sports include 5 on 5 Basketball, Floor Hockey, Flag Football, Futsal, Softball, and the list goes on.
Every semester PSU Rec hires dedicated students to help run our programs. If you are someone who enjoys being at the gym, likes talking to people, and can use some extra cash, a work-study position may be perfect for you. I had the pleasure of working at PSU Rec for the last three years and it was a lot of fun. Come be an official and referee our intramural games or apply to become a rec assistant. Every staff member has a voice and is a crucial part of how the program is run. Our fitness staff offers free fitness orientations to those who need assistance with machines or free weights and all staff members are trained on the machines, so we all know what we are talking about. PSU Rec is there for you, whether you work out every day or just occasionally.
Make friends for life.
The Rec Programs have really changed my experience at Plymouth State for the better and I am so glad to have had the opportunity. I can remember being a first-year and not knowing what the next four years would be like. I took a step and applied for a rec assistant position at the Fitness Center and could not have made a better choice. I have made so many friends over the last few years through being at the gym and playing intramurals. I am excited to graduate in May with the friends I have worked with at Rec Programs. After all, they are no longer simply my friends, they are my family.
GET AFTER IT!
I shared my experience with you and hope you will enjoy the things I have. I would not be the person I am today without the PSU Rec Programs and I guarantee they will make your experience at Plymouth State super strong! I hope that I’ve given you some tips so that you can have the best four years of your life!
Dustin Connors ’18, from Natick, MA, is a sports management major and can often be found attending local sports events. Hard working and friendly, Dustin loves creating new experiences and sees the world from a global perspective. He is planning a career in professional sports.