Freshman 15 – No Way! The Fit Way!
We all know by now the advantages of staying fit, exercise, stress relief, healthy heart, maintaining weight (or losing if those freshman 15 do start to creep up) and so on. The question is will our students work out when they get to school. The truth is many do. I love seeing students jogging around campus; an inexpensive way to exercise.
I also loved that my daughter called to tell me that she went paddle boarding on Saturday….for free, right in the lake behind her dorm. There is also a climbing tower, multiple pools including a lap pool, racquetball, basketball and volleyball courts, plenty of intramural teams and the MAC gym which is a 13,000 square foot facility that allows different activities such as floor hockey and indoor soccer…all on campus.
Many students prefer the gym to teams though and there are plenty to choose from. The Recreation and Wellness Center at UCF has a multitude of classes throughout the week including yoga, barre, Zumba, resistance training, mind/body, cardiovascular endurance, plyometrics, spinning and more. Walk-ins are welcome, but it is recommended that students sign up online to guarantee a spot. These, and more can be found at RWC; the on-campus gym. The RWC also has a new facility on the north end of the UCF campus, closer to Towers and Greek Row that have a lot of group classes in addition to cardio and strength equipment. Remember, whether your student lives on campus or off, as long as they are registered students, their membership to the campus gym is free and it is permitted to borrow resistance, bands, ankle weights, rollers and more from the front desk.
Some students have memberships and go to Orange Theory, Youfit, CrossFit, Anytime Fitness or LA Fitness. Many of the off-campus apartment complexes, like NorthView, Plaza on University, and The Retreat have gyms as well.
One of our interns recently raved about Title Boxing in Oviedo where she recently got a “phenomenal workout.” A membership is required though.
Those that exercise at their apartment complex or on campus do not have to pay extra for use of the gym. Most apartment complex gyms are also 24/7 which is very nice (Science Drive, Boardwalk, U House, Knights Circle). The private gyms can get rather costly; some memberships are monthly and others are by the class. Whatever your student chooses; the good news is they are working to keep healthy.
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