Top 3 Things to Try at Your Gym

Almost every college campus has a gym. That is if you pick a more traditional college campus, but the case for most of the people I know is that there was some sort of gym connected with the college that they could go to. And you know what? A membership is included in the tuition and fees you pay. Which means you’re paying for this convenient service to be available to you, so why don’t you use it?

Perhaps you never were a sports person, never worked out in high school, or just cannot imagine yourself wearing running shorts in public. Trust me, I’ve had all those fears and heard them. I sweat and that gets extremely intense when I’m pushing myself at the gym. I didn’t want to look like a red-faced, out-of-breath mess. But when you’re thinking of all these reasons not to work out, you should take a deep breath and relax. Most people don’t spend their time and the gym watching others and making fun of them. In fact, more often they’ll look around to make sure no one is watching them.

No one wants to be made fun of or look silly and this is the same process at the gym. So don’t worry about it. Instead put on the most comfortable work out outfit you own, don’t worry too much about how you look, and tie up those sneakers. These are the top 3 things to at least give a shot at your gym.

1.)    Group Fitness Classes – It’s a way you can work out with support and find a social activity to do with your new friends. They range from abs classes, muscle strength, cycling, to hip-hop dance, Zumba, and water aerobics. I loved trying these out with my friends. Even if we collapsed into a sweaty, stinky mess and could barely do the moves, it was an experience we shared, laughed about, and talked about later. Not only is it a work out, but it’s an event. It can also be extremely fun when you do some dancing or at least work out to your favorite music.

2.)    Weight Machines – Maybe this was just new to me when I came to college, but I was absolutely terrified of the weight machines. It was foreign, confusing, and often used by men that could probably throw me across the gym. But it was something I wanted to give a try, since I didn’t have them before and never knew if I’d ever have the chance again. The great thing about these machines is that they often come with instructions plastered right on the metal. You take a look, adjust the weight, and start lifting. I really enjoyed being able to focus on certain muscles that I don’t use on the elliptical (my typical workout) and not having to use free weights where I felt like I was clueless. It was a great step towards working out, getting healthier, and feeling like the tough girl at the gym. If it’s new for you, I’d give it a try and see what you like.

3.)    Racquetball Courts – This may be specific to DePaul’s gym, but if your gym offers any new sports that you haven’t tried (such as Racquetball) you should give it a try. I had never seen Racquetball and my boyfriend was a big fan. You could rent rackets, bring in a ball, and play for at least an hour with a room all to yourself. It was a workout running from one area to the next and once I wasn’t scared of the ball I actually learned some techniques on hitting. We started doing couples games with our friends and the time flew by. It’s another social thing that you can do and learn a new sport – even if it isn’t Racquetball.

Whatever your gym has to offer, take a look and see. It can be a fun experience with friends, a way to work out, de-stress, and stay healthy throughout college.

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Mollie Diedrich

Mollie Diedrich

Mollie Diedrich is a senior creative writing major at DePaul University. She is minoring in journalism and aspires to be the next big food writer. Her love of writing propels all she does from her food blog to online magazine articles. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably baking. She has a ferocious sweet tooth and adores cupcakes of all shapes and sizes.