Moving into May with Athletics and Recreation

For the month of May, VIU’s Mariner’s Athletics and Recreation is encouraging all students, staff, faculty and their families to engage with them through a number of virtual activities aimed at building community. Follow our social media channels to find engaging pre-recorded workouts; wellness challenges; the “Meals with Mike” cooking series; tips, tricks and vlogs with cool people; re-lived moments from recent National Championships and even an old-fashioned game of HORSE (the basketball game). Keep an eye out for our Mariner athletes as they share their at-home training tips and health regimes. We will continue to add new content so be sure to bookmark this page for the full schedule. Weekly schedule reminders will come out on social media every Monday.


Weekend Wellness Challenge

On the first three Fridays in May, we will post a simple challenge to the @MarinersRecreation Instagram feed. Share to your story what the challenge is (see challenges below); tag with @MarinersRecreation and #VIUWeekendWellness, and we will repost. Complete all three challenges to be entered into a draw for a swag bag from Mariners Athletics & Recreation.

May 1-3: Share a healthy breakfast that gets you going on the weekend.

May 8-10: Complete 20 minutes minimum of indoor activities per day such as at-home workouts or online fitness classes.

May 15-17: Complete 20 minutes minimum per day of outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, biking or running.


Meals with Mike

Follow along every Friday in May at 10 am when Mike James, Gym Attendant, shares his favourite healthy meals. These are pre-recorded so be aware that you will not get your ingredient substitution questions answered right away. Enjoy the recipes and a great start to a healthy cookbook. Share your favourite recipes with the community – tag @MarinersRecreation and #VIUMealswithMike.


Mariner Moments

Keep any eye out on Mondays for engaging tips, tricks and challenges from our Mariner athletes as they stay in game shape for next season.


Workouts with a Champion

Get your sweat on at lunchtime every Tuesday! Kordell Bergen, Gym Attendant, shares his easy at-home, full-body workouts with the help of women’s volleyball star and four-time National Champion, Andrea Cankovic. Unable to make it Tuesday? These are pre-recorded workouts, so access them all week long. By the end of May, you will have a series you can follow all week. Link: hVIU Mariners Fit Virtual Workout Video Resources


Storm the Stairs

Be sure to follow @MarinersRecreation on Facebook and Instagram. On May 25, we will post an activity card that you will need to screenshot. For every day you complete 20 minutes of activity, share the activity card on your story with an X on that day, as well as a short video or picture of you during the activity, tag @MarinersRecreation and #VIUStormtheStairs. For every day you complete a task you have Stormed the Stairs. Let's see how many times the VIU Community can do this in one week!



Monday, May 4

6 pm – Watch a rebroadcast of the 2020 Women’s Volleyball National Championship. Go to VIU Mariners Facebook page for the link.


Tuesday, May 5

12 pm – Bootcamp/HIIT Class with Veronique from Choose2Be. Go to Mariners Recreation Instagram or Facebook to access the workout.


Wednesday, May 6

12 pm – Campfire Showdown. Follow VIU Outdoor Recreation’s Instagram page to get a link to the showdown.

6 pm – Q&A with the 2020 Women’s Volleyball National Champions! Register


Thursday, May 7

4:30 pm – Strength Training at Home with Veronique from Choose2Be. Register.


Wednesday, May 13

2 pm – Vlog conversations with Cool People – stories from the Outdoor Rec Work-Op staff. Follow VIU Outdoor Rec on Instagram to hear about Tye Woodruff. Tye just returned from skippering a raft down the Grand Canyon and talk about that experience, how he got into rafting, the rescue operation his group was critical in, and hsi advice for students who wish to have similar adventures. Link to Youtube in the post.


Thursday, May 14

4:30 pm – Yin Yoga with Veronique from Choose2Be. Register.


Monday, May 18

6 pm – Watch a rebroadcast of the 2019 Men’s Basketball National Championship. Go to VIU Mariners Facebook page for the link.


Wednesday, May 20

6 pm – LIVE! Virtual Slam Dunk Competition – Think you got what it takes to be champion of the Mariners Slam Dunk competition? Show Mariner coaches and Alumni what you can do in three dunks. Max 12 participants. Prizes for the top three (3) participants. Register


Thursday, May 21

4:30 pm – Flow Yoga with Veronique from Choose2Be. Register.


Wednesday, May 27

12 pm – Vlog conversations with Cool People – stories from the Outdoor Rec Work-Op staff. In this episode, Chyanne Trenholm, who just graduated from VIU, talks about her band's eco-tourism and her passion for rock climbing. Follow VIU Outdoor Rec on Instagram to hear about the adventures of our Outdoor Rec Work-Op staff experiences. Link to Youtube in the post. 

6 pm – LIVE! Virtual HORSE Competition. Have some trick shots up your sleeves that can stump the competition? Show them off and in a virtual version of a basketball classic. Prizes for the top three (3) participants. Register 

Thursday, May 28

4:30 pm – In-Home Fitness Training with Veronique from Choose2Be. Follow along the one hour pre-recorded at home workout.

Active at Home Challenge - The Youth Edition

campVIU is encouraging you to stay active at home with weekly active and healthy living challenges. Join campVIU program lead Isabella Kortbeek every Tuesday and Thursday on the VIU Mariners Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels for your challenge. These kid-friendly activities will get you moving, creating, and having fun! Follow along with instructions or do your own twist on ideas, make sure to share your version by tagging @viumariners and #activeathome.



Tuesday, May 12: Mission Impossible 

Create your very own mission impossible laser course at home. Can you go undetected and complete this week's #activeathome challenge?


Thursday, May 14: Colouring Sheet

Stewy the Sturgeon needs a makeover, try out this #weareallmariners colouring sheet by printing it off or editing it online. 


Tuesday, May 19: Speed Ladder

Test your agility with this at-home speed ladder, options include inside and outside use.


Thursday, May 21: Rainbow of Heart

Brighten your community and show love to our frontline works with this rainbow of hearts!


Tuesday, May 26: Sponge Toss

Practice your throw and cool off on hot days with this sponge toss! Test your ability and make it work for you.


Thursday, May 28: Energy Balls

Keep the energy going for more #activeathome challenges with these healthy snacks.

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