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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!

Campus Recreation Challenge

January 28, 2021

Written by Darienne James, Marketing Employee

Campus Recreation works hard to bring incredible experiences and activities to the Liberty student body each semester. Every opportunity provided is centered on the idea that being active can be enjoyable and that our holistic well-being matters!

For the entirety of the spring semester, you will have the opportunity to compete in the first ever Campus Rec Challenge. This challenge is not only a great way to stay active, but a way to push yourself while getting to know all that Campus Recreation has to offer. Those who complete the challenge will receive an award and be entered to win one of the grand prizes!

How to Participate

Make sure to pick up a challenge booklet at any of the Campus Recreation facilities, or in the Campus Recreation main office (located in Green Hall above Chick-fil-A)!

Here are the rules for participation:

  • The activities can be completed in any order and at any time throughout the semester.
  • They must be completed within operational hours at each facility.
  • After completing the activities, you must verify your completion with a faculty staff member. You will receive a sticker from the staff member covering that activity in your booklet.
  • You cannot get credit for your activity if you do not have your booklet with you.
  • Please write your full name and LU email address on your booklet. Staff may ask to validate your identity with your Flames Pass.

So, What are the Activities?

Who doesn’t like stickers? Below you will see the activity you must complete at each facility if you want one for your booklet. There are 10 activities in total!

Montview Game Room: 1 game of billiards or ping-pong
Montview Bowling Alley: Score 75+ in one game of bowling
David’s Place: Complete 1 mile on the treadmill
LaHaye Rec & Fit: 1 Group Ex class or climb at the Rock Wall
Liberty Mountain Equestrian Center: Check in with staff and take a selfie with a horse
Liberty Mountain Gun Club: Complete 1 game (trap, skeet, or 5-stand) at the shotgun range
Hydaway Outdoor Center: Check out and utilize equipment from the outfitter
Intramural Sports: Participate in a tournament or team sport
Liberty Mountain Skate Park: Take a selfie with Sparky
Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre: Participate in skiing or snowboarding

Eyes on the Prize!

You’re probably dying to know what prize awaits you upon the completion of this challenge! Here’s the good news: if you complete all ten activities, you will receive an exclusive Campus Rec hoodie as a completion award!

When you have collected all of your stickers, drop your booklet off at the Campus Recreation Office and pick up your hoodie. You must drop off your booklet no later than the last day of classes (May 4, 2021).

Along with this exclusive hoodie, you will be eligible to win one of two grand prizes! After turning your completed booklet in, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a Nintendo Switch Lite or an Apple Watch 40MM Series 5. Shortly after May 4, Campus Rec Staff will choose 1 winner for each prize. Winners will be emailed and announced via social media.

So, what do you think? Are you up to the challenge? Pick up a brochure today at any of our facilities or the Campus Recreation office!

How to Live a More Sustainable Life

January 18, 2021

Written by Maria Campanella, Assistant Director of Hydaway

Here at the Hydaway Outdoor Center, we do our best to take care of the environment and practice Leave No Trace principles. This has inspired me to live a more sustainable lifestyle and to be more aware of how things in our day-to-day life affect the environment. Making the jump to a completely sustainable life is a long process, but here are just a few things that you can start doing whether you live on campus or off to decrease your impact on the environment.

Compost

I know, this seems like a drastic thing to put at the top of the list, but this is actually a simple way to be more sustainable. Keeping fruit and vegetable scraps and dropping them off at a local compost station is a great way to reduce waste. We have a compost station at Hydaway now where people can bring in their waste!

Make Your Own Everyday Items

There are so many recipes out there to make your own everyday items without chemicals. Here are some of my favorites that I have tried and some that I am hoping to try soon:

  1. Laundry Detergent
  2. Dish Soap
  3. All-Purpose Cleaner

On top of these, it is helpful to use bar soaps instead of plastic bottles for as many things as possible.

Reusable Coffee Filter or Keurig Pods

I know many of us enjoy coffee, but K-Cups and coffee filters are a big contribution to waste. You can purchase a reusable K-Cup filter or coffee filter, whatever you prefer, at Walmart, Amazon, Keurig’s Website, or Kohl’s.

Reusable Utensils

Eating fast food and using plastic utensils is something we probably do more often than we realize. Switching to reusable utensils is especially good for on-campus students when eating meals with plastic utensils is an everyday thing. There are affordable alternatives to this — like these!

Reusable Grocery Bags

This is such a little thing, but the amount of plastic grocery bags that you get at the store can so easily be avoided. Many places have them right at the checkout to purchase and they are way bigger than the plastic bags you get. There are also some places, like Kroger, that have a paper bag option at the self-checkout which is another good sustainable switch to make that is simple and easy.

Shop Sustainable Fashion

Fast fashion is an easy trap to fall into. It is convenient, cheap, and trendy. However, so many fast fashion brands are unsustainable and make their products in poor conditions. This website is a great resource to see which brands you love are eco friendly and which brands you should consider withholding purchases from. GoodOnYou will also provide eco friendly alternatives to the fashion brands you love!

Thrift

Buying things secondhand is a great way to reduce waste! This goes for clothes, books, household items, and more. This also goes for getting rid of things. When you have moved on from an item of clothing or a household item, donate it to Goodwill instead of throwing it out entirely.

Eat Plant-Based Foods

Lastly, if you really want to make a bigger change towards sustainability, eating more plant-based is a great way to help the environment. Amazingly enough, one-fifth of global emissions come from the meat industry. Making a small change and eating less meat and more of a vegetarian diet can help the environment in a big way.

You can do all of these or just a few if you’re interested in helping, but these are all just some simple ways that anyone can make a difference.

Trail Etiquette

January 8, 2021

Written by Katy Ward, Outdoor Adventure Manager

When you hit the trails, you are probably looking for some quality time in the peaceful wilderness. Chances are, you will run into someone else with the same mindset. You’ll have to share the trail, but who is supposed to step off and let the other pass? Do you just both awkwardly squeeze through a space meant for one person? Or do you both step off and do a little dance until someone quickly walks through, avoiding eye contact? Believe it or not, there is a proper way to handle this situation.

At Campus Recreation we offer programs that assist you to stay on track such as Personal Training, Group Exercise Classes, Intramural Sports, and nine facilities that are here to meet your needs and holistic well-being during your time at Liberty. So, this year, take 2021 by the reins, and seek to be your best self in all phases of life. To help with this, we are offering some great deals on all our fitness programming at LaHaye Recreation & Fitness Center, so check them out below!

Hiker v. Hiker

You’re hiking to the top, pushing for your destination and someone is coming down the trail in front of you. What do you do? Proper etiquette says that you have the right of way. Hikers headed away from the hike’s destination should move to the side, allowing upwards hikers to pass. This is because the hike up is almost always harder than the hike down. It boils down to common courtesy; if you have seen the views, allow others to get there too.

When hiking in a group, be sure to be kind. Stay in a single file line as much as possible, but especially when others are common. Keep voices low, allowing others to enjoy the sounds of nature. Avoid playing music through a loudspeaker of any kind. This can be disruptive for others and for yourself. Take your time in the woods to listen to the noises God has melded into a beautiful song.

Hiker v. Biker

Avid mountain bikers can zip around corners and down trails, which can be intimidating to a hiker. The first instinct is for the hiker to move to the side, but etiquette has the biker yielding to the hiker. Most mountain bikers will call out when they are coming quickly down a path or around a corner, to alert any possible pedestrians.

While proper etiquette says the hiker has the right of way, it is going to be easier for the hiker to move out of the way. It is important for either party to stay alert for each other, to avoid any possible accidents. If it is safer to move out of the way, forget etiquette and stay safe.

Hiker v. Horse

When you are hiking, it is probably rare to run into a horse, but it is not unlikely. If this should happen, correct etiquette allows the horse and rider to pass first, whether they are coming up or down. They are the slower party and horses can be flighty, so it is necessary to let them do their own thing. Hikers should move to the side and admire the beautiful party as they pass.

Remember to be soft and quiet when a horse approaches. You do not know what may trigger them. Stand still and under no circumstances should you reach out to pet the horse unless the rider offers first.

Be Kind. Be Courteous.

Overall, just be kind and treat others as you would like to be treated. If it seems appropriate to move out of the path, even if you have the right of way, just do it. Throw a smile and a “hello” to the passerby and continue your trek as soon as possible. Enjoy the sights and sounds that the woods have to offer.

New Year, New Fitness Opportunities

December 21, 2020

Written by Alivia Chenoweth, Marketing Manager

You’ve probably heard the saying “new year, new me” for as long as you can remember. At the beginning of every year, the pressure to set goals to be healthier, be more productive, and ultimately to seek out self-improvement in some form looms over us. What if this year we put the pressure aside and stayed true to ourselves? The busyness of life will always take priority over our fitness goals, health goals, etc. but we should strive for accountability in keeping ourselves physically and mentally healthy.

At Campus Recreation we offer programs that assist you to stay on track such as Personal Training, Group Exercise Classes, Intramural Sports, and nine facilities that are here to meet your needs and holistic well-being during your time at Liberty. So, this year, take 2021 by the reins, and seek to be your best self in all phases of life. To help with this, we are offering some great deals on all our fitness programming at LaHaye Recreation & Fitness Center, so check them out below!

Group Ex Classes

We offer over 70 Group Ex classes a semester, with a variety of free standard Group Ex classes and Group Ex Plus classes available with a Group Ex Plus Membership. Group Ex modalities include cardio, strength, mind and body, and combination classes –something for everyone. Some examples are:

  • Cycle Coach by Color
  • Barre Above
  • Cardio Hip Hop
  • Core & Glute Max Out
  • HIIT 30
  • Yoga

From January 1–February 15, all Group Ex Plus memberships will be offered at 20% off regular price. So, instead of $40 a semester, you can get access to all of our classes for just $32! This is an incredible deal that you and your friends can purchase together and make it a habit to go to classes together.

Personal Training

The team of Personal Trainers at LaHaye Rec & Fit is here to help you feel healthy and reach your fitness goals while also educating you about different types of exercises and correct form to prevent injury.

Interested, but not sure if a Personal Trainer is the best option for you? We offer FREE consultations to all students, staff, and faculty who are potentially looking to sign-up with a Personal Trainer. This is a great way to meet our team and discuss what your goals are before you sign-up.

You can choose from our available Tier 1, 2 or 3 trainers who will go over what you are wanting, create a personalized workout plan just for you based on your needs, and work with you every step of the way to achieve your goals!

As a special semester deal between Jan. 1–Feb. 15, all Tier 1 Personal. Partner, or Group Training Packages will be offered at a 10% off discount! Check out all the information you need to know here on our website.

Get to Know LaHaye Rec & Fit

Did you know that you can schedule a facility orientation request with our team? If you want to use the machines and equipment at LaHaye Rec & Fit but aren’t sure where to start or how to use them, you are able to schedule a time where a staff member will give you a “tour” of all the equipment and show the proper use of each one.

There’s no need to feel intimidated when you walk into the gym. LaHaye Rec & Fit offers a wide variety of high-grade equipment to aid you in every workout you do. Knowing how to use it correctly is even more important to prevent future injury and to achieve the best results.

From Group Ex classes to everything that our Personal Training program has to offer, we are here to help you meet your goals and to provide flexibility in your workout schedule as you see fit. So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for a Group Ex class this semester or schedule a free consultation with a Personal Trainer and show 2021 who’s boss.

Learn more at Liberty.edu/CampusRec.

Campus Rec Gift Guide

December 17, 2020

Written by Alivia Chenoweth, Marketing Manager

With Christmas coming up in exactly a week, that means it is crunch time to get gifts for your friends and family. Knowing where to start can be tricky, so that’s why we’ve come up with a specialized gift guide just for you! So, no need to have a bah humbug attitude about finding gifts this year because we’ve got your back.

The Fitness Fanatic

If the first thing on your mind every day is when you’re going to workout, then you are what we call a fitness fanatic. Listed below are a few items that are perfect for your at home or in the gym workouts. 

  • Personal Training Package: Our certified Personal Trainers are the best around and are here to get you back on track. After developing a personalized plan, they are here to teach you the correct workout form and keep you motivated. These packages are offered to students, staff, and faculty at a very discounted rate and are the perfect gift for the holidays.
  • Fitness Jump Rope: This kind of jump rope isn’t for double-dutch. Incorporating jumping rope into your workout routine is extremely beneficial for your heart and bone health and is an intense form of cardio.
  • Stack 52 Bodyweight Exercise Cards: Looking to incorporate some games into your workout? These exercise cards are the perfect option to add some fun into your routine. Bring these to the gym or complete a set at home and you’re set!
  • Aquatic Pull Paddles: These paddles help develop your stroke mechanics by emphasizing your hand’s natural feel to the water. Just under $10, these are a great addition to your workout.
  • Fit Bit or Apple Watch: Of course we had to include these on the list. With such great aspects such as Apple Fitness or Fit Bit tracking your workouts, these watches are more than for telling time.
  • Rogue Bands: Perfect for resistance training, these bands help with mobility work, pull-up assistance, and bench press assistance. We highly recommend this brand as it is one that we purchase for LaHaye Rec & Fit equipment.
  • Nutribullet: A well-blended smoothie every time! This single-service blender is perfect for on the go mornings and add a healthy benefit to your daily nutrition.

The Sports Lover

For the competitive spirit when it comes to sports, we have come up with the perfect list for you. In addition, if you want to support local businesses this holiday season, a majority of these options are offered at Play It Again Sports in Forest, VA!

  • Disc golf discs: With so many Disc Golf Course options in every city, especially Lynchburg, this game is easy to learn and is great for advanced and beginner players.
  • Footballs: Perfect for tossing around in the yard, and also putting together a game with friends, footballs are always a great option for a Christmas gift.
  • Broomball shoes: This one is more specific but with Broomball being one of IMS’s most popular sports every semester, these shoes are something to look into! They help keep you stable on the ice which improves your game technique overall.
  • Spikeball Set: A classic gift option that you can never go wrong with. Spikeball can be played indoors and outdoors and is a great team game to play and learn.

The Gamer

Do you or someone you know love to play card games, video games, or bowl? Check out some of these sweet gift ideas below.

  • Basic Bowling Kit: Looking to improve your game? This less than $20 kit comes with cleaner, polish applicator and remover, and a grip ball to keep your hands dry for the best technique.
  • Montview Bowling Alley Membership: Our memberships are the perfect stocking stuffers with the choice between a monthly ($30) or semester ($60) membership. Shoe rentals are included, so what could be better than unlimited bowling? We can’t think of anything.
  • Nintendo Switch Lite: The Nintendo Switch seems to be all the hype this year and is easily transportable. Plus, do we dare mention Animal Crossing?
  • Exploding Kittens Card Game: If you’re looking for a new game night card game, this is a top choice in my opinion. Compared to a version of Russian Roulette dominated by kittens, goats, and magical enchiladas, this game may seem totally crazy, but I promise it will lead to hours of fun and competition.
  • Shock Blue Xbox Controller: A true beauty that was just released last month, this controller features updated grip, a new Share button, and is compatible with most Xbox systems.
  • Xbox Pro Controller Charging Stand: A wireless charger that provides a secure charge every time! This item is a necessity for any Xbox player.
  • Playstation 4 Controller Charging Stand: This DualShock charging station is also compatible with Nintendo Switch and Xbox X.
  • Bowling Glove: This glove is great for wrist support with a customized feel.

The Skiier or Snowboarder

Are the slopes always calling your name? These gift ideas below are a necessity for a skier or snowboarder.

  • Smith Optics Squad Goggles: If you find yourself skiing or snowboarding a lot during the winter season, these goggles are perfect so block the wind and snow when going down the slopes.
  • Sukoa Ski and Snowboard Boot Carrier Strap: This carrier strap takes away the hassle of having to juggle carrying your boots and board or skis. Just under $20, this gift comes with convenience and quality.
  • Snowflex Ski and Snowboard Lessons: Do you know someone who wants to improve their ski and snowboard skills or doesn’t know where to start learning? Snowflex offers discounted lessons offered by our knowledgeable and experienced private instructors.
  • Crab Grab: These are always a great option as most snowboarder love putting stickers on their board and these are stickers that are actually useful in providing traction for grabs or as a stomp pad!
  • Kinco Mittens: These are some of the best quality leather mittens on the market and yet they are priced at an incredibly affordable rate. This is a lot of our Snowflex employee’s personal go to mitt in the colder parts of the year!

The Outdoor Enthusiast

Does the idea of camping and spending the night out under the stars peak your interest? Or spending your afternoon out on the lake or hiking a mountain? Then you are the outdoor enthusiast! These gift ideas below are right up your alley.

  • Eno Hammock: This gift is a must this season. With single or double nest options available, Enos can be taken anywhere on campus and at Eno Haven at Hydaway. These hammocks are perfect for relaxing in, camping, or spending time with your friends outdoors.
  • LifeStraw: This incredible invention allows you to drink water from any source. Find yourself on a hike and ran out of water? Grab your LifeStraw and find a river or creek and you’re set.
  • Spot 350 Headlamp: A compact and waterproof headlamp that is perfect for camping, caving, and hiking!
  • Lifeproof Fre Phonecase: A slim version of the Lifeproof cases that is made out of 60% recycled plastic and is completely waterproof.
  • Smartwool Socks: Take this Sock Finder quiz to find your perfect pair!

The Gun Range Neophyte

Since Liberty has its own gun range, do you know someone who has just recently started shooting? Has someone you know taken a class at the range and seems interested doing more? Anyone on your Christmas list that has recently purchased a new firearm? Then we have suggestions for you to help the new shooter with a day at the range!

  • Shooting Safety Glasses: Eye-protection is required at nearly every gun range, and definitely required at LMGC. These glasses run about $17 and allow you to change lenses to suit the lighting. And Walker’s are a favorite of most of the staff at LMGC!
  • Hearing protection Ear-Plugs: Another necessity for any gun range or shooting enthusiast is hearing protection. These very flexible and comfortable ear plugs will protect your hearing and are the same ear plugs provided to the Liberty Action Shooting Team. At around $18, it’s worth every penny for the protection they offer.
  • Range Bag: Is the shooter in your life always trying to find a way to organize their trip to the range? If so, a high-quality range bag will help them keep up with their guns, ammunition, eye protection, ear protection, water bottle, etc. This bag is only $31 and well made for the money.

The Horse Enthusiast

Do you find yourself always around horses or wanting to go on trail rides often? If you have friends or family that are horse lovers or interested in learning how to ride, these gifts are spot on.

  • LMEC Riding Lessons: Riding lessons are only offered for Liberty Residential students! Group lessons are only $25 and private lessons are only $40. Our knowledgeable and experienced instructors are here to teach you the basics and techniques to either Western or Hunt Seat riding! So if you know a student who would be interested, check this out!
  • TuffRider Starter Paddock Riding Boots: Having the correct foot protection when you ride is important. There’s no need to risk the safety of your feet when you can get these paddock boots for less than $35!
  • Smoky Mountain Boonville Boots: Western boots are also very popular around the barn.  They keep your feet safe and can handle all types of surfaces you may encounter around horses.
  • 3 Season’s Glove: Riding gloves will keep your hands warm this winter!  Especially tailored for the horsemanship these affordable gloves make a great gift!

The Skater

For you, a skateboard is your 1st choice of transportation. This season, asking for a new board, trucks, or gear are some great options to find under the tree. 

  • Skateboard Deck: Choose from a variety of cool decks on Tactics website!
  • Skateboard Trucks: Having good trucks is what will help your skateboard ride its best. These options on Tactics website give you a bunch to choose from.

The Brand Rep

Did you know we have a pro shop? With options from LaHaye long sleeves and crewnecks to resistance bands to Snowflex gear to Hydaway mugs, there are so many ways that you can rep Campus Rec! Check out our pro shop here and get shopping!