Back in my own college days, weights were for the jocks and I contented myself with Jane Fonda-esque aerobic classes. Bad ’80’s rock blared out of crackling speakers and a girl clad in unitard and leg warmers screamed at us to get our knees up!
It’s so much better now. Students and colleges are more savvy about health and fitness, using tricked-out gyms as enticements to lure students onto campus. It’s not unusual for campus facilities to have better equipment and workout choices than pricey gyms up the street.
It’s not just the gyms. Colleges offer state-of-the-art tracks, basketball, tennis courts and pools. There are a myriad of ways to stay in shape while you’re a student. Here are a few choices.
Intramurals and clubs
Want to try a sport but not commit to a team practice? Start out at the intramural or club level and you’ll get coaching, access to the facilities and meet like-minded people. Intramural sports range from straight up-sports like tennis or volleyball to more interesting choices like Quidditch or Parkour.
The Regular gym Stuff
Cardio equipment, weights, and group exercise classes are all well stocked at campus health clubs. For classes, check the schedule and see what appeals to you. You’ll find the latest workouts such as barre or CrossFit, and the traditional ones like step and aerobics classes (sans leg warmers).
Personal trainers and coaches
Your fellow students, working their way through programs such as kinesiology or exercise physiology, might very well be available to coach you for a nominal fee. Often, students in those disciplines need practice teaching time and are looking for people to train. Research campus offerings and see if you can be their guinea pig. In the same way, team coaches regularly teach non-athletes as part of their job, you could have access to nationally-recognized coaches. How cool is that?
Olympic-sized swimming pools are hard to come by off campus, but your campus might have more than one. Look for swimming classes to brush up on your strokes or open swim times if you don’t. It doesn’t stop with laps. Try something new like water polo or aqua-aerobics or one of many other water workout options.
TapGenes Takeaway: Stay fit, active and energized by getting creative about exercise on campus.
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