Yeah, we’ve heard all the warnings about the freshman 15.
The thing is, it’s true. Worse, packing on a few pounds isn’t reserved for freshman year. That’s just the beginning. All of those late nights followed by boozy brunches add up fast. And so do the numbers on the scale.
Look, there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun. You just have to balance it out with some exercise. You know, hit the gym and break a sweat. Maybe even pump some iron. There’s no wrong answer, as long as you’re working at it. So when you’re ready to get your workout on, check out one of these 14 spots around campus perfect for Pitt students looking to get (or stay) in shape.
This has got to be the best known and most frequented workout spot on campus. Located in the Pete, this fitness and recreation center is packed with everything from free weights to cardio equipment. There’s also a spin studio, racquetball courts and two dance studios. You can even rent equipment, like a ball and racket, jump rope or weight belt, by leaving your Pitt ID at the front desk as collateral.
If Baierl is the the most popular fitness center on campus, Trees might be the most underrated gym. Make your way to the basement of Trees Hall. When you arrive, you’ll find a huge selection of free weights, exercise machines and cardio equipment. Although, to be clear, the equipment selection skews in favor weights as compared to cardio machines. Two added benefits are the expansive locker room area and lack of crowds, especially during the morning and afternoon.
The newest addition to on-campus fitness centers, the third floor of the William Pitt Union features three rooms dedicated to health, fitness and de-stressing. This floor, known as the Mind, Body and Soul Center, has a study space, Stress Free Zone, and fitness space. The fitness component of this center is comprised of treadmills, ellipticals, and a rowing machine, as well as an assortment of medicine balls, resistance bands. and dumbbells (under 10 pounds). What the space lacks in equipment is made up for with early bird hours, cycling studio and central location on campus.
This place is perfect for students trying to avoid the hike up Cardiac Hill to the Pete. Instead, stick to lower campus by heading to the second floor of Bellefield Hall. Take note, this weight room is small in size and contains some outdated equipment. That said, it will do the trick if you’re trying to kick a workout. Plus, there’s a pool and basketball court, if you feel like mixing up your fitness routine.
In case you’re wondering how we came up with the number 14 when counting the gyms and fitness centers on campus, allow us to explain. There are ten dorm rooms on campus that have dedicated workout areas accessible 24 hours a day. Now, regardless of whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, and no matter how crazy your schedule gets, you can always sneak a workout in at these dorms: Bouquet Gardens, Forbes Hall, Litchfield Towers, Lothrop Hall, Nordenberg Hall, Panther Hall, Pennsylvania Hall, Sutherland Hall East & West, Ruskin Hall, and Brackenridge Hall.
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