Staying active when your class schedule starts to get crazy can be a challenge.
Heck, who are we kidding, getting to the gym any time is no easy task. It’s boring. You’re on your own. And it’s hard to stay motivated. Well, if you’re trying to get in shape or stay fit, you might be better off joining one of these clubs, groups or leagues at Pitt. It’s the perfect way to stay competitive or learn a new skill. You’ll get a workout in, minus the work. And. a minimum, you’ll make some new friends in the process.
When the cold weather moves in and the snow begins to fall, this group hits it’s stride by hitting the slopes. Each week, skiers and snowboarders from Pitt come together for a trip to Seven Springs. That’s right, every Friday during the winter months of January and February (and sometimes March) this group heads to the mountain. Join them for good times and great deals on rentals and lessons.
Make your way to the Trees Hall multipurpose room to meet and mix it up with the Pitt MMA Club. Combining techniques from a wide variety of combat sports like western boxing, muay thai, wrestling, judo, and jiu-jitsu MMA is all encompassing. The Pitt MMA club works to educate students on striking and grappling in a safe and welcoming environment. Guy or girl, athlete or amateaur, Panther MMA is here to schiil you on training for competition, self-defense or a new way to break a sweat.
Ladies, this group wants to liberate you from the elliptical and show you how to make fitness fun. Sounds pretty great, right? Well that’s what CHAARG is all about. It stands for “Changing Health, Attitudes + Actions to Recreate Girls.” And they meet once week for a chapter-wide event featuring fitness professionals from the Pittsburgh area and workouts like Crossfit, kickboxing, hot yoga, and pole dancing.
Skip the subpar workouts, friends. It’s time to check out Panther Crossfit – Pitt’s very own, student-run, CrossFit club. The group, headed up by current president Rich Schoonmaker, meets in the Pete at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Pather CrossFit is welcoming and accommodating for beginners and advanced athletes alike. So if you’re looking to get in shape, or keep your gains going, Panther CrossFit might be for you.
There’s more to this club than the name suggests. It’s not intimidating or exclusive. Quite the opposite true. The Pitt Fitness and Bodybuilding Club is committed to promoting overall health and well-being. They use everything from Olympic weight training to powerlifting, CrossFit training to cardio exercises (and bodybuilding, too) to help students get fit, maximize results and minimize the risk of injury.
Maybe you’re a former athlete looking to stay competitive. If that’s the case, club sports might be more your speed. These teams practice regularly and travel around the country to compete against other universities. So it’s best to be sure you can commit that kind of time and effort before getting involved. If you can, there are a bunch of club sports to choose from, including volleyball, rugby, frisbee, lacrosse and swimming.
Take a break from your studies, and break a sweat at the same time, without going to the gym. Yes, it’s possible! All you need to do is sign up for intramurals at Pitt. This way, your workout will be more fun than work. Choose from a large variety of your favorite sports (or a totally new sport to you) and play in organized games against other teams on campus. Take your pick from leagues that include: soccer, volleyball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, touch football and a whole lot more.
If you enjoy the great outdoors, Pitt’s Outdoors Club if your chance to join other nature lovers on adventures like rafting, hiking, caving, climbing and more. Best of all, you don’t need any prior experience to join. And, you don’t need your own gear either. The club will hook you up. All you need to do is show up to the weekly meetings on Tuesdays, and pay your $10 dues each semester.
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