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Shotgun Games at LMGC

June 10, 2021

Written by Josh Bryant, Assistant Director of Operations

Are you a complete novice to shotgun games? Maybe even shooting in general? Don’t worry, we’ll give you a primer in the shotgun games available at the Liberty Mountain Gun Club.

LGMC currently offers American Trap, American Skeet, and 5 Stand. The targets for all three games are small clay discs—commonly referred to as clays, pigeons, or birds. Each game consists of 25 targets. Only one person shoots at a time, but up to five people can participate in a game at once. So, keep that in mind when you’re getting a group together to come to the range! When it’s a shooter’s turn and they’re in position ready to shoot, they call out ‘Pull!’ and the clay pigeon is thrown.

American Trap

American Trap is a good place to start for people unfamiliar with shooting. In American Trap, only one target is presented at a time, and the targets are always going in the same general direction—away from the shooter. The shooting positions are 16 yards behind the target launcher, or trap machine, which is inside a small building also known as the ‘trap house’. There are 5 shooting positions, evenly spaced in a line (or shallow arc), and each participant shoots at 5 targets per position.

American Skeet

American Skeet steps up the difficulty from American Trap in several ways. Firstly, there are two machines, one on the left side of the field (the high house) and one on the right side of the field (the low house). Secondly, not only do the birds come from two different directions, shooters are moving from one station to the next around a large semi-circle.  To further complicate things, at several stations participants have to shoot two birds at a time! In total, there are 8 stations along the semi-circle, each presenting a different angle to the birds. Again, don’t worry if this sounds confusing. When you’re at the range, we’ll walk along with you and explain as we go.

5 Stand

5 Stand seeks to simulate hunting scenarios and is a scaled-down version of the popular shotgun discipline called sporting clays. 5 Stand, oddly enough, has five stands! At LMGC, shooters can potentially engage 9 different targets on a variety of flight paths. Each stand has a card, or menu, that lets the shooter know which birds they will see from that stand. Each stand has a different card in order to make the game more diverse. There are five targets thrown at each stand: a single clay, two clays thrown with a bit of a delay (report pair), and two clays launched simultaneously (true pair).

Hopefully, this has given you some idea of what to expect when visiting the Shotgun Range at LMGC. If this sounds like a good time, come on up! And if it still sounds confusing, don’t worry. The LMGC staff is always available to help and will be on the range the whole duration of your game.

The Important of Ski/Snowboard Lessons

May 27, 2021

Written by Isaac Gibson, Programs Coordinator

If you were to ask someone if they have ever skied or snowboarded there are usually two main responses: “Yes, I love skiing. I go every year!” or “I went once and it was so hard. I spent more time on the ground than I did on my skiis.” Over the years, I have learned that people either fall in love and continue riding for nearly the rest of their life, or they have a terrible experience and never do it again. In the end, it all comes down to that first experience, and I highly recommend the first experience being a lesson with a trained instructor.

It’s Like Driving

I describe skiing/snowboarding for the first time like getting in a car to drive for the first time. If you get in with no experience, no one telling you how to properly operate the vehicle, and go straight out onto a busy highway… the result will most always end in an accident. There is a reason why Driver’s Education and behind the wheel instruction is required to get your driver’s license. It’s not because the act of driving is incredible difficult to learn, but rather because of the high level of danger that comes along with it. In the same way, skiing and snowboarding is not that difficult to learn, but if you try without instruction you are probably going to fall a lot and potentially injure yourself or someone else.

Importance of Instruction

Much like driving a car, the better instruction you have and the more time you are able to dedicate to it, the more confident you will be out on the slopes. There is a reason why the average driver can jump into the car and not think twice about driving down the road. It becomes second nature because of how frequently we drive. You can expect the same for the ski slope. After getting the basics down in a lesson, continuously putting in time will increase your skills! Next thing you know, you’ll be skiing top to bottom without thinking about your every move.

In Summary…

Take a lesson, you won’t regret it. You will learn so much quicker and your experience will most likely leave you wanting to come back for more! Once you feel comfortable and confident, go out on your own. If you have something you want to learn and don’t know how, take another lesson!

Go at your own pace! Everyone learns differently and progresses at different rates. So, don’t get discouraged if you take longer to learn something than your friend.

In the end it’s all about having fun! So, make it your own and don’t feel like you have to look like everyone else on the hill.

Once you learn how to do it well, share it! There is nothing better than teaching someone how to ski or snowboard and seeing them fall in love just like you did!

What is the Equestrian Dress Code?

May 14, 2021

Written by Harriet Carter, Farm Management Coordinator

All sports require a particular type of attire, and the equestrian sport is no different. Having the right apparel for equestrian riding is key for both safety reasons and comfort. Equestrian dress observes the sport’s physical and safety demands and considers the unique history of the sport. Whether you are stepping into the barn for the first time or looking for ideas to dress appropriately for the sport, this guide covers all the tips on feeling confident and well dressed in the saddle.

Long Fitted Pants

It is logical to assume that wearing shorts is appropriate for horse riding during sunny days. Unfortunately, shorts and the equestrian sport do not mix well. Friction from bare legs and the saddle moving from the horse’s natural motion leaves the rider with uncomfortable pinches down the legs [2]. Also, wearing baggy clothing such as loose pants, sweaters, or scarves is not recommended as they can easily get caught on the saddle, risking being dragged by the horse.

Dressing in long, tight fitting pants protects you from being pinched by the saddle and can keep sharp objects that may be lurking in the barn such as hay, farrier nails, and splinters off of your legs [1].

Rubber-Soled Boots

The urge to wear open shoes to horse riding during hot days is inadvisable. A horse may accidentally step on the rider’s foot leading to serious and painful injury [2]. While this may be surprising, tennis shoes are also not acceptable. They are not nearly as protective as rubber-soled boots.

Wearing rubber-soled boots with a protected toe comes in handy as being stepped on by your mount is a common injury. Boots reduce the risk of falling over on slippery surfaces and keep your feet dry while working [1]. Make sure that the boots you are wearing can comfortably slip in and out of the stirrup. It is important that your foot not feel tight in the stirrup while riding.

The Helmet

The helmet is the most important piece of equestrian clothing, it’s importance cannot be understated. A helmet should be on at all times when you are riding no matter where you are. Riding helmets can be found at a variety of tack stores and come in many different looks. In the show ring, black is the preferred color. If you own a helmet of another color and do not want to replace it, a black helmet cover slip can be put over your helmet.

Ensuring the Right Fit

It is important to examine helmet fit when it is sitting on your head. How much does it wiggle? Is it too narrow? Does it fall down into your line of vision? A helmet that fits correctly should not wiggle around and the brim should sit about an inch above your eyes. Once you have found a helmet that works adjust the chin strap so that it is comfortable but snug. Some helmets come with an adjustment dial that can be moved to change the size of the helmet. If your helmet has a dial like this make sure that it is appropriately fitted to your head also. Remember, a helmet can save you from great injury. It is important that it fits well and that you wear it to ride every time.

Horse Showing Attire Do’s and Don’ts

In the face of ever-changing fashion and trends over the years, riders are tempted to dress in flashy and showy clothes. However, it is important to respect the equestrian show and maintain its tradition. Specifically in Hunt Seat/English competitions riders should avoid loud items that lie outside the norm as it distracts judges from the horse’s performance [3]. A good rider should want their performance to speak for itself rather than one’s loud clothing stealing the show. The horse and the rider’s performance are the judges’ key focus. The most important element of dress that riders should observe is the overall cleanliness of both the horse and rider. Well-tailored and adequately fitting clothes add a professional touch and draw the judge’s eye while horse showing [3]. Beige breeches are the most widely seen breech for horse showing though canary, tan, rust and white are also appropriate in certain horse show classes. If you are unsure, it is best to ask your trainer or coach what is best. Professional but modest attire will not limit your ability to perform and subtle touches on clothing like beautiful fabric on a show shirt can bring out the rider’s elegance. Black boots are also a key element of horse show attire. Boots should be polished and cleaned of dirt. Boots that fit appropriately will rise to just below the bent knee of the rider. If your boots are new make sure to break them in at home by riding in them at least a few times!

You may not be a professional rider or heading to an equestrian show anytime soon, but if you do come up to Liberty Mountain Equestrian Center for a trail ride or riding lesson, be sure to dress appropriately!


[1] https://www.braysisland.com/life-in-the-field/expert-guide-equestrian-attire

[2] https://mtcreekstable.com/2018/03/19/weve-got-you-covered-what-to-wear-horseback-riding/

[3] https://www.theplaidhorse.com/2019/09/16/be-well-turned-out-with-arista-equestrian/

Gun Club Lingo 101

April 29, 2021

Written by Bill Crawford, General Manager of Liberty Mountain Gun Club

Every industry/sport/hobby has its own lingo to one extent or another, and shooting is no different! In this brief introduction to gun lingo, we’ll look at some words and phrases you may hear at LMGC. After reading this, you’ll have a better understanding on the most common phrases spoken on our ranges. Our goal is to explore more obscure phrases in another blog to come!

“The Range is Hot”

We may declare this on a 25-degree day in February…when it’s snowing…and windy…and everyone is bundled in five layers of clothing. It’s not a weather observation, but rather a command that means the range is now ready for individuals to handle firearms and begin shooting. Prior to this command, however, we must say something else that sometimes seems an equally odd statement (see next).

“Eyes and Ears Everyone!”

We are aware that the vast majority of our range users do, in fact, have eyes and ears. We’re not suggesting that folks check for the physical presence of their eyes and ears, but rather it is telling everyone that the range is about to “go hot” and that everyone must put on their eye and ear protection. We’ve just shortened it to the friendly reminder/command “eyes and ears.”

“The Range is Cold!”

Yes, it’s the opposite of a “hot” range. It’s what we call out when we want to allow folks to do things like hang new targets, paint steel targets, or otherwise just make the range fully safe. Before we can call the range “cold,” we must assure that everyone’s firearms are unloaded, locked open, with all sources of ammunition out of (and preferably away from) the firearm. Best of all scenarios, the firearm is put in its case.  NO firearms may be touched once the “cold” command is given. And, once “cold,” you may remove your eye and ear…protection (please leave all body parts firmly attached).


Birds is a term we use to describe our clay pigeons. Some people get rather queasy if they are asked if they want to “go shoot some birds.” No wildlife of any kind can be shot at our range, so rest easy knowing “birds” in our case means little round clay targets that are launched from a machine.


Spalling is one of the reasons we require “eyes.” Some people call it shrapnel, but more commonly gun ranges will use the word spalling to describe the little pieces of bullet fragments that are created when a bullet hits a steel target (or other hard surface). There are always some small amounts of spalling flying around, and that is why we do require eye protection, as well as have restrictions on how far away steel targets must be. If it was any closer you run the risk of being hit by spalling.

Thanks for reading and as mentioned before…stay tuned for more! Visit Liberty.edu/LMGC to learn more about the Gun Club.

Hike Safe Tips

April 16, 2021

Written by Mike Ellsworth, Director of Outdoor Recreation

The outdoors has a lot of wildness in it; it’s this wildness that draws us to it. We like to hike on an uncultivated trail and paddle a river that feels untamed. The exhilaration is palpable, and it often drives us to reach outside our comfort zone. Though, often these moments begin to welcome unnecessary risk. Our “danger-senser” takes a back seat to sense of adventure.

I can think back to a few moments (that I’m not proud of), where I chased that exhilaration just a bit too far. Whether I wanted to look fearless in front of my friends or independently paddle that river that I wasn’t ready for. Moments like my own are what have led the drive for our Hike Safe initiative. These are a simple set of guidelines to help you stay safe on your next adventure.

Plan Your Trip Carefully

We all glorify the “last minute adventure,” but if you are having an adventure there is probably some element of risk. So, be sure to do your best to minimize that risk. It is important to take the time to know as much as you can about where you are going and what you are doing. Don’t count on your cell service, it will often abandon you when you need it the most.

Hike With a Buddy or Tell a Friend Where You Are Going

Be sure that someone knows where you are going and when you will be back. If they don’t hear from you, they know to call the local authorities or to come looking for you. This has helped me out on more than one occasion where I broke down and was without my cell phone.

Stay on the Trail

On-trail is measurable safer than off-trail. Usually trails are clear of poisonous vegetation, animal homes and keep their distance from dangerous terrain. Be sure to stay on the trail and abide by all the posted signage.

Practice “Leave-No-Trace” Ethics

Taking care of the environment is first loving God. He created the Earth and stewardship becomes an act of gratitude towards the Creator. So, check out these ethics and do your best to abide by them on all your adventures.  Environmental stewardship should come easy to Christians.

Pack the Right Gear

First, be sure to bring more than enough food and water for you day. Be sure to bring more than you think you will need. Having that extra bottle of water or additional granola bar can make a difference when you need them. Second, get a small first aid kit that comes with you on all your trips. There are lots of great resources out there to help you pack it.

Now that you have the simple set of guidelines, there are a few other things to always have in mind as you hike.

Every Trail is Dangerous

Think about each footstep you take down the path.  You take those strides lightly as you walk, jog or run them with ease.  Though, even a short (3 mile) hike could take several hours for an EMS crew to carry stretcher.  All it takes is a sprained ankle or broken leg to turn a fun daytrip into an overnight evacuation.

Every River or Lake is Dangerous

Without a PFD, it can be very easy to be swept under a light current.  Death by drowning can occur in just a few short seconds.  Because the James River is so accessible, often people go for a “short” river tube trip that turns into a 8 hour float and 2 hour hike back to their car!  Be sure to plan and prepare.  Know where your river-on and river-off points are.  And ALWAYS wear your PFD.

Every Cliff Face is Dangerous

Though, it can make for a sweet selfie, stay on the trail. Crabtree Falls is a beautiful and well-known hike for Liberty students, but it has a dangerous reputation. It is important to stay on the trail and abide by all trail signage. Signage is there for a reason and you are not the exception.

I don’t say these things to inspire fear, I say this to inspire preparedness.  We consider it our responsibility to encourage safe exploration and safe adventurers.  Whether it is your first hike on LU mountain, or you regularly head out on week-long backpacking trips, these rules should be applied to ensure that you make it back safe and sound.

Gun Storage Options

April 2, 2021

Written by John Nelson, LMGC Range Safety Officer

With the record setting number of first-time gun owners in America today, many individuals are finding themselves the proud owner of a new handgun, rifle, or shotgun and are now wondering how to safely store this new firearm. Whether it is to safeguard it from children or other occupants in the home, potential thieves, or for any other reason, firearms should absolutely always be safely locked up whenever they are not in your possession! Common options for securing your firearm include gun safes, gun cabinets, and single-gun lockboxes.

Gun Safes

Gun safes are very commonplace in homes across the country and are an excellent option from a security standpoint. Typically the costliest and heaviest of the options, weighing in at several hundred pounds, these containers are ideal when you do not intend to move the container frequently, would like to store multiple firearms, or desire a container rated for protection against fire and flooding in addition to theft. That last feature also makes them great for other valuables and important documents.

A few options I recommend are Cannon Safe and Stack-On’s Sentinel line.

Gun Cabinets

Gun cabinets come in a myriad of sizes and shapes, many similar to gun safes on the market today. They tend to trade off the top-notch security and the fire/flood protection offered by safes for a lower price point and weight. They are another excellent option for storing multiple firearms and are markedly easier to move without strong helpers or specialized equipment than a similarly sized gun safe. Many models offer the option to bolt the unit to wall studs from the inside to prevent a would-be thief from carrying off a still-secured cabinet with its contents.

I recommend looking into Hornady RAPID products.

Single-Gun Lockboxes

Single-gun lockboxes are another popular option on the market today, and many can be readily mounted in drawers, vehicles, or under furniture for a compromise between keeping a firearm securely locked up, but still quickly accessible in emergency situations. Access options include keys, combination dials, fingerprint scanners, and even RFID keychains to suit individual preferences and needs. Models exist which are even designed to conceal themselves around the home and not broadcast valuable contents to would be thieves in the first place.

A few options I recommend are Hornady RAPID products and GunVault’s NanoVault product line.

To reiterate, any firearm not in your immediate possession should absolutely always be safely locked up, and any quality-made variant of the options presented above will serve you well in keeping your firearms secured against accident and theft. Factors to consider in determining which option is best for you include your budget, how often you plan to move the container, how much space you have for firearm storage, how many guns you intend to store, and if fire/flood protection is worth the cost and weight premium. Happy shopping!

Upgrade Your Exercise: Swimming for Fitness

March 19, 2021

Written by Morgan Segner, Aquatics Manager & Swim Instructor

Swimming has long been seen as one of the best full-body exercises and can strengthen almost all major muscle groups without the concern of injuries associated with high-impact workouts. It acts as a physical and neural exercise through breathing exercises and the use of sharpened focus. In this blog, we’ll review all of the positive roles learning to swim and swimming for fitness plays to your overall health.

Swimming as a Full Body Workout

Since swimming is a high endurance sport, it allows anyone choosing to swim for cardio purposes a way to burn off a great deal of calories. As a rule, swimmers burn around 3 calories/mile per total body weight.  So a 220lb swimmer would burn around 660 calories/mile depending on the intensity. Swimming as a cardio workout compared to running is usually judged at a 4:1 ratio—this means that when you swim one mile you’re burning as many calories as a four mile run!  You can also differ your swimming strokes and techniques to work and train different muscle groups.

Freestyle — works your arm muscles the most, mainly your biceps and triceps, as well as your calf muscles with the kick.

Breaststroke — works your glutes and quadriceps muscles with the kick, and your pectoral chest muscles.

Backstroke — engages the latissimus dorsi or lats, your lower back muscles, and the triceps.

Butterfly — tones and strengthens your shoulder and arm muscles, mostly your deltoids and triceps, and well as your upper back and neck muscles.

Whether an experienced or amateur swimmer, it is possible to work major muscle groups that you may not be able to work with other forms of cardio—all while burning tons of calories!

Low Impact

Swimming is often hailed as the go-to exercise for athletes and non-athletes looking to recover or rest from certain injuries without further aggravating or damaging those areas. The resistance of the water while exercising allows swimmers vigorous activity at a low impact to joints and most muscle groups. If you are looking for a workout when you’re concerned about joint pain, looking to reduce muscle fatigue, or relive stress on certain muscles, swimming is definitely a great choice.

Hypoxic Workouts and the Neural Benefits of Swimming

Hypoxic workouts are best explained as a vigorous activity with limited use of oxygen. When swimming, this is best practiced as going longer with more strokes with less breaths or no breaths until the other side of the pool is reached. Hypoxic workouts are quite easily achieved when swimming since normally your face is submerged in the water, and your body is performing one of the stroke techniques. Hypoxic workouts are seen by some researchers as a decent way of improving aerobic capacity, essentially training the body to use oxygen more efficiently when exercising, however it is not universally agreed upon. That aside hypoxic workouts have other benefits:

  • Since you are breathing less, hypoxic workouts allow you to focus more on your stroke technique and address issues in form and allows for a more accurate movement patterns in the water.
  • Better control in open water is another benefit of hypoxic workouts. This is beneficial when swimming in rougher waters like the ocean and a regular breathing pattern may not be reliable.
  • Hypoxic workouts are a great way to warmup for a regular swim since they boost your heart rate without having to go a long distance or pushing yourself too hard. With your heart rate high, you can then do a regular swim while burning more calories.

When performed correctly and safely, hypoxic workouts can also help to improve focus in the water and are considered by some to be a form of aerobic meditation. There are many similarities between hypoxic workouts and popular breath control techniques that both help to reduce stress, improve focus, and improve energy levels for the day.

Swim Fitness

Though often seen as a very demanding exercise in terms of technique and form, swimming is a high-intensity aerobic exercise that can be performed by anyone with proper training. Swimming provides efficient forms of strength training, vigorous cardio, and low-impact/recovery workouts with the added benefits of higher energy levels and reduced stress if done properly. LaHaye Rec & Fit offers Swim Fitness and private swim classes for anyone interested in improving their technique or simply looking for a great cardio workout. So, if this interested you, get to a pool and start swimming!

What is the Grasshopper Board?

March 4, 2021

Written by Kylie Tidmore, LaHaye Rock Wall Manager

The LaHaye Rock Wall is a special place that hosts a unique, eclectic community who comes together to solve puzzles that flex their minds and bodies. Through the variety of competitions, challenges, and new sets the LaHaye Rock Wall has to offer, strangers have become unified friends as they work through problems and encourage others in their pursuits. The newly installed Grasshopper Board is a really neat training technology tool that can help advance anyone’s climbing skills—but it’s also much more than that. The Grasshopper Board is the newest thing at the wall that the community can use to come together.

So, What is it?

The Grasshopper Board features a variety of holds and uses an app to light up different routes. The app is super easy to navigate and houses a variety of problems at all difficulty levels, making it easy for climbers of every skill level to get involved.

Through the app, users have the opportunity to light up the board with any of the problems listed. One of the coolest features is the ability to create your own problems for the board. You simply select the holds you want and specify which are for feet only, start holds, and finish holds. Which, let me say, is WAY easier than dragging out ladders to set on any of the other walls we have!

Create Your Own Routes

In my almost three years working at the LaHaye Rock Wall, setting has consistently been one of my favorite parts of the job (despite the aforementioned dragging out of ladders). This part of the job has challenged me as a climber myself and as a part of the community—we, as setters, have the desire to create things other people would rally around as well.

But now, through the Grasshopper Board, everyone gets to be a setter! It has been so cool to see climbers show their friends their new problems and it has been inspiring, as an employee, to see people with no setting experience use their creativity to create some super cool problems! The app does not only display sets created by the Liberty community; it also provides sets created by climbers around the world. Meaning, there is nearly an endless supply of boulder problems! This allows the Liberty community to climb sets by people like Josh Larsen, an Olympic Route Setter, and Nathaniel Coleman, an American professional climber, from the comfort of the gym they know and love.

The Grasshopper board is incredibly well done and has given the rock wall at LaHaye Recreation & Fitness Center a new and exciting edge. The board is open to all and we encourage you to give it a shot! Make a reservation here to try it for yourself.

Women on Weights

February 19, 2021

Written by Tabitha Earwood, Personal Training Manager

As a personal trainer, I hear women say these two phrases all the time: “Lifting weights will make you bulky,” and “I don’t want to be bulky—I just want to be toned!” Nothing is more frustrating for me than these two misconceptions. Since our perceptions shape what we do, believing something that isn’t rooted in fact can lead us to avoid the very practices that could help us grow. One of my passions is helping women understand their body’s physiology so they can be empowered to make educated choices.

I Promise, You Won’t Look Like a Man

Female physiology just doesn’t allow us to gain a masculine physique. Because males have more testosterone than females, women aren’t able to gain muscle at the same rate or size as men. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends similar general guidelines for both men and women, including strength training 2-3 days per week.

Carbs Can Equal Curves

Strength training can introduce you to a whole new world of understanding about your body’s physiology. Most people don’t realize that building muscle is one of the only effective ways to speed up your metabolism. The only two places that your body stores carbs as fuel (in the form of glycogen) is in your liver and muscles. Having more muscle increases your insulin sensitivity, which means that the cells of your body use glucose more effectively. Muscles are calorie-burning machine that we should all want more of!

Build Those Bones

What most women don’t know is this: bone mass usually peaks in a person’s mid to late 20s. Later in life you, cannot regain lost bone density; you can only slow down the rate of loss. Now is your time to build those bones to decrease the risk of developing osteoporosis. Strength training exerts healthy stress which stimulates bone growth, and it is the only way to improve your bone density.

Control What You Can

Everyone has something they want to change about themselves. Some things can be changed, and others cannot. One of the reasons I love strength training is that it helps you channel all your energy toward something you can control. You can control your effort. You can control your form. You can choose to show up consistently. While you can’t reduce fat in specific areas, you can train specifically to gain muscle in certain areas! 

Start Where You Are

Everyone in the gym started somewhere, and I can guarantee no one was born knowing exactly what to do. You must start somewhere. Your first step could be Googling exercise techniques. You could download any number of apps, including Apple Fitness, Motify, Freeletics, or Nike Training Club. Take it one thing at a time, and know that you won’t get it perfect the first time. Repetition is key.

Bring a Friend

Bringing a friend can also help to eliminate the nerves of trying something new. Just remember, you are not alone! The Women on Weights Workshop offered Saturday, March 6 is your opportunity to learn the fundamentals of strength training with other women just like you. Together, we will delve into basic movement patterns, learn the fundamentals of using free weights, and discuss how to create your own individualized plan to see steady progress. You can register for the workshop 24 hours in advance through the Membership Portal.

Ask for Help

Your next step could be reaching out the personal trainers at LaHaye to schedule a free consultation. Getting a professional to guide you can help to eliminate all the fears of not knowing what to do. Regardless of how scared you may feel, not doing anything at all is even scarier. You will grow both mentally and physically by learning to strength train. Taking the risk to try something new will be worth it!

8 Campus Rec Ideas for Valentine’s Day

February 5, 2021

Written by Danielle Whitmire, Intramural Sports Coordinator

Struggling to think of a creative Valentine’s date idea for you & your significant other? Do you need a fun way to celebrate Galentine’s Day? Are you and your roommate just tired of watching Netflix all day, every day? Here are 8 Campus Rec activities if you’re looking to try something new this V-day:

Coast Down the Slopes & Coffee

Flex your ski/snowboarding skills at Snowflex or laugh as the two of you fly down the tubing runs. The best part? It’s all free for Liberty students! After your time on the slopes, you can warm up in the cozy Barrick-Falwell Lodge over a cup of The Muse Coffee and delicious pastries.

Pins & Pizza

Pick up one of your favorite pies from Woodfire Pizza Co., then go pick up some spares! The Montview Bowling Alley is a great place for a double date, a group outing, or a ladies’ night! To make it even better, the Montview Bowling Alley is hosting a BOGO Blacklight Bowling event from 6 p.m.–close on Valentine’s Day!

Gun Club & Gyros

Head up to LMGC between 2-6 P.M. on Valentine’s Day to practice your shooting skills and enjoy the mountain views! Afterwards, head back down the mountain and grab some Garbanzo or gyros from Hot and Cold Café Downtown Lynchburg!

Hike & Hot Cocoa

Zip up your winter layers, lace up your hiking boots, and fill a thermos full of cocoa! Grab a trail map at Hydaway Outdoor Center and navigate your way to where Clear Cut Rd. intersects the powerlines. Enjoy the beauty of the morning or get there in time to see the sunset. Either way, this might just become your favorite date of all time.

Exercise & Energize

Hold each other to those New Year’s resolutions and hit the gym at LaHaye Recreation & Fitness Center or David’s Place for a workout. For something sweet, follow it up with some delicious and nutritious smoothies!

Skate Park & Sushi

Pick up your skateboards (or those roller skates you bought during quarantine) and head over to the Liberty Mountain Skate Park, where students can skate for free! Afterward, walk a few doors over to Wasabi and grab some sushi.

Rock Climb & Rocky Road

Visit the LaHaye Rock Wall to try the new routes then go for ice cream at a new spot! Try a lesser-known favorite like Outside the Cone.

Table Tennis & Tacos

Compete against each other (and others) for a coveted Intramural Sports championship shirt at the Table Tennis or Billiards Tournaments at the Montview Game Room on Feb. 12. Take your talents to Tacos Locos for dinner afterward to celebrate—whether it was a brilliant victory or a valiant effort.

Whatever your plans may be for Valentine’s Day weekend, Campus Recreation has you covered. If you already made other plans but are interested in viewing our events for the rest of the semester, head to our Events page!