" As a final year university student running 2 additional projects on campus as well as being part of a function band, I have seen exercise as a luxury that I rarely have time for since I started university. After discovering the MGA project this term, my opinion has been totally flipped on its head!
Over the last 2 months I have had some great adrenaline rushes, been challenged, had my mind opened, met passionate people, worked out so hard that it hurt to laugh, and had a serious amount of fun! I’ve tried snowboarding, power-bounce, and my favourite – rock climbing. As someone who suffers from anxiety I have an irrational fear of feeling my heart racing in my chest (don’t ask) but by participating in MGA activities I have been so caught up in learning a new skill and encouraging friends that I haven’t had a minute to get worried about it!
Today I feel the best I have felt throughout my entire time at university, in both body and mind. I put that largely down to finding a better work/ play balance and realising that exercise is not only a vital ingredient for reaching my full potential in all areas of my life, but can also be hugely rewarding and fun. To anyone considering trying an MGA activity, go for it, you won’t regret it! "
" When seeing advertisements as talking to people who accomplished any level of extreme sports such as surfing, snowboarding, parachuting etc., I have always used to say, “Oh, I would love to try that as well”. Unfortunately though, when it comes to the opportunity I always tend to find a poor excuse such as “I have no time”, “I should save my energy” or “I am so tired”, which actually equals “I am lazy”. This time it was different.
My friend, Gemma, told me that she went climbing last week with her boyfriend and had the best time of her life. I have responded with my usual answer saying that I would love to try climbing as well (after seeing it on channel Extreme Sports) but unfortunately I have no time due to my dissertation. Then Gemma told me about the MGA project offering discounts on many different sports, which usually can be quite pricey for students. I have grabbed the opportunity and we decided to book climbing with my boyfriend as a little treat for out hard work! I can honestly tell you that it was an amazing experience with a lot of fun! To be completely honest, it is difficult but not impossible at all! It is a great work out and takes your mind off work, which is a nice relief and relaxation. I was very comfortable, wearing a simple t-shirt with leggings with trainers. After climbing the walls (and yes you can make it to the top even if it is your first time) you can go to the bouldering room for unlimited time, which consist of climbing small walls with your friends. If you fall you do not hurt yourself but instead you fall on a ground, which feels like trampoline... I don’t think I have to explain how much fun you can have with that!
It was honestly an amazing experience and a great opportunity to have as a little break from work, especially this time of the year. I highly recommend it to everyone! Kayaking is next!