We’ve all been there. After successfully talking yourself into turning off the T.V, changing clothes and lacing up the Nike running shoes, you make your way to the infamous Gregory Gym eager to workout.
Unfortunately, everyone else on campus always has the same idea.
Cardio machines are full with a 30 minute wait, dumbbells are missing and you have to slam quarters down to call a weight bench. A workout that should take an hour turns in to two hours because the line for a machine is longer than the line for fried butter at the State Fair.
Don’t panic. Don’t pack up your gym bag and head for the door discouraged. There are plenty of other places on to workout, you just have to know where they are.
The Division of Recreational Sports has three other gyms on campus and one gym off campus for all students and members who are ready to workout and stay fit starting with the Recreational Sports Center south of Texas Memorial Stadium.
So, head back out that door and walk down the hill toward DKR and make a right at San Jacinto Boulevard till you get to the PTS guard station and you will find it. Don’t be scared. In fact, the RSC has everything you need for a great workout from cardio machines to free weights and more. Just ask the Activity Supervisor at the front desk for directions and he or she will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
So what does the RSC have to offer?
Built in 1990, the RSC features a quality weight room with 23 cardio machines (including elliptical, treadmills and stair masters) dumbbells, barbells and all kind of free weights. There is also a stretching mat with medicine balls.
And the best part. No wait.
“I come here because there is never a line at machines,” senior Justin Stanley said. “I can get in and out quickly and it has everything I need.”
The RSC also has eight racquetball courts, two squash courts, two basketball courts, a volleyball quart, table tennis, martial arts, aerobics rooms and the only spinning studio in Rec Sports (which I will blog about later). You can also check out almost any equipment you need to participate in any activity the RSC offers.
So the next time Gregory looks like Best Buy the Friday after Thanksgiving, use your resources. Find a gym that you can workout in without the stress of waiting or of a crowd.
P.S. Another interesting fact; the RSC hosted the Democratic National Debate in 2008 with Obama and Clinton.