Rec Services offers students free fitness programs

By: Patricia Navidad

Students utilizes the RRC fitness centre

RRC students are able to use the gym and fitness centres based on costs built into their tuition. / NAVIDAD

Viranne Castillo remembers being told on her first day the gym at Red River College (RRC) was free for her to use as long as she had her student card with her.

“Working out is important,” said Castillo, a second-year Hotel and Restaurant Management student at RRC. “When you work out, it’s like taking all the weight off your shoulders from all the studying and homework that you do every day.”

In the winter of 2016, the fitness programs at RRC became free for students when the $20 Recreation Fee was introduced into the tuition.

“At the start of my time at RRC, we noticed that not a lot of students were participating in fitness classes,” said Cole Skinner, Athletics and Recreation Coordinator at the college. “With the removal of the payment, we have noticed an increase in participation, which is great.”

Rebel Rec Services offer students free fitness programs ranging from yoga, Zumba, Block Therapy, and much more.

Castillo says she works out to relax and be herself.

“I work out because it’s my happy place,” said Castillo. “It’s not only to relax from all the school work but as well as my personal life too.”

However, it’s not only RRC students that get to join in these fitness programs but RRC staff as well.

“We feel that participating in our fitness classes can help students better their fitness and wellbeing, provide stress relief, and energy for the day,” said Skinner.

Other programs offered for students by Rebel Rec Services is the 12 Week Wellness Program. The program is an individual program created to help students start an active and healthier lifestyle by allowing students to accomplish their fitness goals at their own pace. The booklet can be downloaded from the Rec Services website in the fitness/wellness section.


For students who want to be active, but also make new friends, Rebels Rec Services offer Rebel intramurals. The full schedule of Revel Intramurals can be found on the Rec Services website under the programs/services section.

Rebel Rec Services also offer Special Events that happen on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. The Special Events happen at the North Gym (NDC) and offer both RRC students and staff a fun way to get active.

Recreation Hockey is also offered for both students and staff but costs $110. The registration for the winter term opens in November.