Exercise is good for you. There’s no denying that.
But let’s be honest, sometimes going to the gym stinks. Treadmills and exercise machines. Lifting weights. Or at least trying, but everyone keeps getting in the way. It’s enough to drive you crazy. You even think about giving up on this whole exercise thing altogether.
Whoa! Take it easy, friend. Instead of giving up you should try mixing it up. Do this, take your workout beyond the typical exercise routine by trying one of these not a gym workout around campus.
If you’re in search of somewhere to get a swim workout in, or just splash around, head to Trees Hall. Inside you’ll find two pools. The larger of the two is used as the main facility for recreational swimming, team practices and competitive swimming. The second is a six lane pool and is used for activities such as water aerobics and swim lessons. FYI in addition to the pools in Trees Hall, there is another four lane lap pool located in Bellefield Hall.
Make your way to the multipurpose room in Trees Hall for padded floors, punching bags and other equipment needed for boxing and MMA. If you’re looking to learn more about MMA or connect with other students interested in the sport, check out the Pitt MMA Club who happen to meet in this space to practice.
If you are searching for a new challenge, look no further than the climbing wall in Trees Hall. Gear rental starts as low as five bucks. Once you’re geared up, the massive wall (25 foot tall x 100 foot wide) will have you working your butt off as you hang on for dear life.
You can work on your basketball game all year round thanks to any one of the three, full-sized, indoor basketball courts at Trees Hall. These courts are open for recreational use, as well as intramural and club sports.
When the weather warms up, skip the indoor courts and head outside. Make your way over to upper campus to shoot around on either of the two outdoor basketball courts located between Allequippa Street and University Drive. No ball, no problem. Equipment rentals are available through Equipment Rental Services!
In case you haven’t noticed, but Pittsburgh can be a rainy place. So when it’s pouring outside, skip the treadmill and head to the Fitzgerald Field House instead. The indoor track is a great place to walk or run when the weather won’t cooperate and the Pete is packed.
The Fitzgerald Field House is also home to three volleyball courts that students are welcome to use when they’re not being used by intramural or club sports teams. So round up some friends, grab a ball and have some fun while working up a sweat.
For indoor and outdoor fields perfect for playing, well, anything, take a trip to the Cost Center at the tippy top of upper campus. The turfed fields can be used play football, soccer, Frisbee, field hockey or lacrosse. You can take a few swings in the batting cages. While you’re there, you can also check out, and utilize, the intramural fields located behind and below Cost Center. These fields are lined for two regulation size flag football fields. Whatever you do, don’t forget to take in the epic views of the Pittsburgh skyline.
If the sun is shining take your workout outdoors. Head over to the Pete. But, instead of making your way into the fitness center, stay outside. Your challenge, sprinting the stairs leading up to the Pete. It’s a prime location to get your heart pumping and your lungs burning in a good way, of course. Though daunting at first sight, you can’t help but have a Rocky moment your own when you reach the top of these bad boys.
If you’re feeling super fit, try taking on all 36 floors to the top of the Cathedral of Learning. Be advised, the warning signs will try to deter you. But, greatness awaits those who manage to make it to the top in one go.
Whether you’re looking for a place to work on your fitness or somewhere to work on your tan, Schenley Plaza is the perfect spot. You can kick an outdoor workout or kick back on the grass. While it’s worth noting that organized sports are not permitted on the lawn, there nothing stopping you from squatting, lunging and crunching your way to a killer bodyweight workout outside.
One great thing about Pitt’s location is that you get the hustle and bustle of city living in close proximity to green spaces like Schenley Plaza and Schenley Park. Since we already visited the plaza, let’s take a look at what students can experience at the park. Just a few minutes from campus, Schenley Park provides a great place for students to escape the reality of their busy class schedules. The trails are perfect for a run or walk. Flagstaff Hill makes for some intense hill sprints. Plus, you’re almost guaranteed to find students from Pitt and CMU playing frisbee or studying in the shade under a tree (we know, so college).
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