It’s no surprise that getting in shape is at the top of everyone’s to-do list. With the fear of the freshman 15 looming over every college student’s head, it’s probably a good idea to be fitness-focused during all four (or five) years. At Temple University, there is no excuse for not hitting the gym or pavement to stay fit. Whether you would rather swim laps or rock climb, there really is something for every student. Students graduate from Temple with not only a degree, but also fitness habits to last a lifetime.
1. Temple University Fitness (TUF)
Walking into the TUF is like walking into a state-of-the-art facility in an upscale city. It’s not where people go to get fit, it’s where people go to stay fit. It has the feel of a workout facility that would usually require a membership plan, but membership is (thankfully) included in tuition. Cardio machines are spread throughout the fitness center overlooking the busy city streets so you can work out with a view. Lockers in the facility and personal trainers are offered for a fee for the more ambitious students.
2. Independence Blue Cross Student Rec Center
The IBC is where the muscle head and yogi meet. Similar to TUF, the IBC has the amenities of a traditional gym plus showers and lockers. The best part about IBC, however, is the group fitness classes. With classes in Zumba, yoga, cycling, kickboxing and more, it’s not only easy, but fun to get in shape. If you’re already where you want to be with your fitness, try getting certified to become an instructor. What could be better than staying fit and making money while doing it.
3. Pearson McGonigle Center
Instead of working off your meal why not climb it off? One of the newly renovated buildings on campus does not disappoint. With major draws like rock climbing and a swimming pool, the options are overwhelming. Fitness classes for credit are offered in the building including gymnastics, scuba diving and yoga. The Fitness Mezzanine above also offers an area for more traditional cardio workouts and boxing
4. Center City
This option is best for the fitness guru who craves open space. The pavement is always free and never closes. Students often run, walk or bike to City Hall and back, which in total is about a 4-mile excursion. If exercising in a city atmosphere is your preference, then this is the best perfect option.
5. Geasey Field Complex
Running in a busy city is definitely not for everyone, and if you like a more secluded workout environment, try the track at Geasey Field. Equipped with a basketball court and a volleyball net with sand and equipment, the complex fits the needs of any recreational or competitive athlete.