Students registering for the Gym unit will be required to complete twenty sessions at the University Sports Complex or any other sports complex. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with various fitness equipment. It is also possible to combine workout sessions with other sports activities such as swimming, football, squash, etc. Apart from working out, all you have to do is fill in the attendance sheet form.
The attendance form should be signed by a qualified gym instructor, personal trainer etc. to confirm that you have completed 16 to 20 hours of sports activity. Besides paying for your gym membership you will only need to pay a reduced €5 DegreePlus registration fee at the University MaltaPost Office Branch. Attach the receipt to your attendance sheet and submit to the DegreePlus Office.
Olympic-style Weightlifting and its two disciplines - the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk - are feats of explosive strength, flexibility and speed, as well as being highly technical, providing an insight into sharply explosive movements performed with optimal timing, coordination, and power. This combination makes the sport very popular among strength, fitness and conditioning coaches and athletes from various sports due to the benefits that this specific training can provide. Recently the popularity of Cross Fit has proven this: Cross Fit has combined the Olympic lifts along with various circuit training as well as gymnastics, proving that weightlifting is a perfect opportunity to build the optimum modern athlete.
A student’s daily life involves numerous hours sitting at a desk, hunched over a book or keyboard. Small wonder that many end up with chronic back or neck pain. A regular routine of stretching and exercises can help to prevent these problems. This routine also helps improve body composition, muscular strength and circulation. This course will give you help getting started on this routine. Learn the proper technique for the various exercises and get stronger slowly and sensibly. The course involves 8 sessions (2 hrs per session) that only utilize body weight without any need of sophisticated equipment to attain a nicer, fitter physique.
Equipment required: a good pair of running or cross-training shoes, comfortable clothes, a large towel and a skipping rope.
This is a Fitness Class designed to energize your mind, body & soul. In this class you will get a full fitness cardio work out using the methods of boxing & aerobic fitness designed for all levels. Such methods used are: Skipping, on the spot; Jogging, Squats, Crunches, Sit Ups, Punch Outs, Twists, Jump plus much more. So for a full Cardio fitness workout, that will leave your body energized and ready for more, please don’t delay join today.
The University of Malta Rowing Club invites you to be part of this new and exciting venture. Training will be provided through general fitness sessions, indoor rowing on our state of the art Concept2 ergometers. Sessions will be held at the Junior College from 12.30pm till 1.30pm. Sessions will be held either Wednesdays or Fridays. Note: Although for the foreseeable future, training will be held on-land, it is hoped that the Club will also soon start to make use of the 8+ boats which have recently acquired from the University of Oxford's Exeter College Boat Club through the help of FISA.
If you prefer to help in the admin of the Rowing Club, thus gaining essential leadership and organisational skills, you are invited to be part of the Executive and/or help in the organisation of events, etc. For further details please contact the Degree+ coordinator or UoM Rowing.
Student Review: "I came across the Degreeplus catalogue during my orientation week at UM. It was such a pleasure to view all the choices I had as a student to get involved with an extracurricular activity on campus. I chose indoor rowing because I was looking for something active to do to balance out my study experiences. Overall the experience has enlightened me, connected me to other UM students and provided me with a 'balanced' university experience. Thank you so much Degreeplus for this experience. I am grateful and appreciative." Mary Spirio 2nd year MA in Adult Education for Social Change, who took this unit in 2016.
This unit is intended for students who have limited previous experience of climbing, perhaps from a taster session, and would like to learn the basics of the sport in a more formal manner. Students who have never tried climbing before are also welcome, as all necessary skills will be covered. It is still recommended that following completion of this course, participants should seek to climb with more experienced partners to continue to build on their practical skill.
Pilates is intended for all body types and most states of health. Your instructor will regularly provide alternatives, if a particular movement or technique does not agree with you. More advanced options will also be provided for students already familiar with Pilates or wanting an intensified workout. You will progressively learn a repertory of movement that you can practice at home, before sporting activities, or as part of your regular workout. Although focusing on the ‘core’ abdominal muscles, Pilates guides students towards greater stability, strength, flexibility, and safe movement.
Student Review: "Having signed up for something without any previous background or expectations of what it could be, I can gladly say that Pilates was a pleasant surprise. In my opinion, the best part about this unit was that week after week we would build on the previous session. This allowed us to push harder and to reach new levels. I found that this unit helped me grow both mentally and physically, allowing me to understand my inner strengths and weaknesses and to work on them. I would encourage anyone willing to take up a challenge, for although there is a common misconception of Pilates as being an 'easy' activity, the reality is different." Emma Gatt - B.Com. 2nd Yr - Introduction to Pilates.
In this unit, the student will learn how to defend oneself if in danger by either controlling, escaping or disempowering the attacker. It is suitable for all gender and does not require any previous technical ability. The student will learn break falls, throwing techniques, blocking, striking and kicking techniques and also choke and arm locks.
Student Review: "The self-defence sessions reminded me of a chess game in which one must tactically figure out different ways of dealing with various scenarios. These involve using negligible strength or direct force to apply practical moves. I would also recommend this activity just for the fun of it, trying out the moves with other students/friends." Raquel Micallef – B.Com. 1st Yr - Self Defence.
Badminton is a great sport for all those people that want to get fit and active, it involves hitting a shuttlecock, a cone-shaped projectile that moves differently to a ball. It is able to reach much higher speed than a ball, makes for a fast-paced game, making badminton the ideal sport for those who like to be kept on their toes.
Students will have the opportunity to learn four main strokes used in competition and recreation swimming. The Front Crawl; Back Crawl; Breast Stroke and Butterfly stroke. At the end of the course students will have mastered all these techniques. Sessions are held at the National Swimming Pool Complex.
Student Review: "During the past two years, I have participated in the DGP0857 - Swimming. Why? You may ask. I believe that swimming is one of the toughest and most beneficial sport, because, not only are you exercising all your muscles but also improving your stamina and helps to control your breathing. Swimming sounds like an easy activity to do, however it is quite a challenging sport which is why I love it. The coach is knowledgeable and pushes you to do your best and is always ready to correct any mistakes. (The coach will also divide the class according to individual ability) I enjoy this as it is usually before or after a university lecture and is easily accessible. I used to look forward to each class as this helped me to keep fit and active and to release stress."Therese Borg – B.Com. Accounting and Management 3rd Yr - Swimming.
Learn the basics of freestyle wrestling, an Olympic sport which is practised all over the world and is very popular in universities and colleges especially in the USA. This centuries old discipline pits two opponents of the same weight category against each other. An athlete wins the bout by pinning the shoulder blades of the opponents on the mat. Alternatively points are scored for every hold or throw. Tutors are experienced wrestlers who will take you through the basic steps of this discipline. Take the plunge and hit the mat. Experience the thrills of this Olympic sport and who knows before long you may wish to start practising this sport on a regular basis.*This module is being held in conjunction with the Federazzjoni Maltija Lotta
'Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.' (Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founding Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an adapted programme during which you will learn the basic techniques of mindfulness and how this can help reduce your stress, and sharpen your focus. There will be an introductory session after which participants can confirm their interest.
Join team members of University of Malta Racing and learn what it takes to make a competition ready racing car and work effectively in a multidisciplinary team. From basic vehicle dynamics, to engine design, to business planning and team management, you will be learning a wide range of skills. No previous experience required, only passion.
Following the understanding of the inner making of a car, you will be driven to the next level and understand what makes a difference in making a top-level race car. You will be given the opportunity to understand how different systems and enterprises, such as race diagnostics and telemetry, composite and alloy structures, and cost modelling and stock taking are integrated together. At the end of the course, you will have a deep understanding of the dynamics of a race car, which is much more than the sum of its parts!
Important: This unit is offered by third parties and is recognised & accredited by DegreePlus. The University of Malta shall not be held responsible for the content and/or delivery of such unit and shall not be held liable for any claims, demands or actions that may arise out of the content and/or delivery of this unit.