Burning Energy and Exercising on Campus

With the weight of midterms on everyone’s shoulders, sometimes burning energy is just what a student needs to relieve their stress. Here at BSU, there are a lot of great opportunities to do that, especially at the Thornburg Fitness Center in the Adrien Tinsley building.

“It’s an opportunity that students have,” says Glenn Gonsalves, the associate director of Athletics and Recreation-Operations. “Some other schools don’t have that opportunity.” Here at BSU, students can access a completely free gym membership for the entire school year and use all of the gym’s machines, whether it’s to burn off energy, exercise, or even just improve your mental health.

But what if the gym isn’t for you? 

“There are quite a few options for students regardless of what their interests may be,” states Dan Rezendes, the assistant athletic director for recreation and wellness. One other option is the group fitness programs offered in the Kelly Gymnasium from Monday to Thursday, 10 times a week. Some of the most popular programs here are Zumba and Spin. The Kelly Gym also has an indoor track and a swimming pool for students to enjoy as well, in case walking isn’t your thing.

If you’d rather enjoy the beautiful outdoors during the fall season, BSU also has the Great Hills Trail, which is a 3-mile trail in the woods on campus. There are even guided hikes a few times a semester. There is also a newly reconstructed basketball court by the parking garage on east campus and a fitness court in University Park, which offers 8 sessions a week in case you have no idea how to use the equipment.

And the best part? These programs are free. With so many opportunities on campus and so many different ways to exercise, students should take full advantage and try them out! If you are interested in getting a slot for programs such as the guided workout, sign ups can be found on bsubears.com or on EngageBSU.

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