How To Get Your Fitness Fix

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Getting your fitness fix can be a challenge when it comes to Penn State gyms. Whether the machine you want is full or the weight you need isn’t available, VALLEY breaks down what gym has what for you to get your workout on. 

Intramural Building 

The IM Building is the largest gym — from having racquetball courts to state of the art lifting equipment, there is a lot to use there. One thing the IM Building is great for is the classes offered there. 

PSU Fitness offers a variety of classes such as HIIT, or high intensity interval training, power remix, barre, spin and zumba. The IM is one of two buildings on campus with this feature with the other gym being the White Building. The benefit of taking classes at the IM is that there are several more times available and more options of the types of classes to take. 

The IM also has a climbing suite, which is 40 feet tall and has 16 climbing lanes for people to explore. The IM offers a teaching area for people to learn how to climb all 64 routes available at the wall. The general time of operations for the wall is Tuesday-Sunday in the afternoons. 

The White Building 

The White Building is located on Shortlidge. An interesting feature about this gym is that there is a pool that students have access to. It is a 5-lane, 25 meter pool that also has a spa, or hot tub. Students can access the pool from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m every day of the week. 

The gym also includes over 60 cardio machines, such as treadmills and ellipticals. There is an entire room dedicated to cardio, which is a different set up from the IM and Hepper Building. 

There are also multi-use rooms for students to explore for lifting, dancing or stretching. The White Building offers boxing and fencing rooms as well for students to rent out, but there is restricted access. More information can be found on the student affairs website

The Hepper Fitness Center 

This gym is a West campus workout, located in Rec Hall. This is the smallest gym on campus, but it can be convenient for students who live off-campus or are coming from class in Willard. 

The gym, along with the others, offers training packages for students looking for a trainer to help come up with a workout plan. There are also 70 pieces of cardio equipment, along with free-weight and plate lifting machines. 

Unexpected Gyms 

Two gyms students don’t often think of are McCoy Natatorium and the Tennis Center. They both do exactly what their title says. 

McCoy Natatorium includes several pools and a 14 ft. diving well with spring boards. There are restrictions as to when the public can access it, but it is a great place to get your laps in. The schedule is posted on the student affairs website as well. 

The Tennis Center is the indoor home to both our men’s and women’s tennis teams for Penn State. The club membership is offered to students, faculty, staff and the general public. There is a page that shares when are the best times for students to head to the Tennis Center. 

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