Finding the time to exercise is never easy, or even fun. Between work and school, many students rely on the gym’s early morning and late evening hours to fit exercising into their schedule. With Thanksgiving and winter break just around the corner, these hours will be reduced, leaving some students left looking for alternatives ways to obtain their gym fix.
The William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center will be closed for the major holidays in the next few months—Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s—and during breaks, its hours are cut. While usually open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the week, the gym’s holiday hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. While these cuts may seem incremental to some, they make working out all the more difficult for the avid gym fanatics out there.
According to Melissa Schade, a student who works at the gym’s front desk, most students probably won’t be affected by the change in hours because they won’t be around during the break. She did say, however, that those who have strict work schedules will have a harder time adjusting.
“Some people like to come in 10 to 11 [p.m.],” said Schade. “And those people will probably have the worst time adjusting.”
Julia Ossowski, a senior international studies and Spanish double major, works out two or three times a week, usually during the early mornings. For her, the decreased hours will affect her ability to exercise. Because she won’t have access to the gym in the early mornings, Ossowski will have to run outside in places like Volunteer Park or areas around Cal Anderson—notorious for violent crime as of late.
The closure, therefore, is more than just an inconvenience. For Ossowski, running outside that early in the morning or night—which begins at 4 p.m. this time of year—poses a threat to her well-being.
“It’s a safety issue for girls if you can’t go to the gym because it’s closed. It’s pitch black out. Darkness is questionable no matter what,” said Ossowski. “I would say that’s probably the biggest problem. I would prefer, in dark early mornings, to be in a gym rather than running in the dark.”
The closure might serve as a welcome break for students who spend too much time pumping iron, however. For those who are worried that they won’t find the time to break a good sweat, they might consider taking some advice from Schade:
“It’s not really good to come to the gym all the time anyway, especially if you’re working the same muscle group. So it might give a needed break or variety and it might be positive.”
Eat a lot of food, take a break and gain a couple pounds for the frigid winter months. It’s the holidays.
By Emily Hedberg
Becoming stronger with your own body is a novel concept nowadays, considering the equipment the gym supplies. However, it is indeed possible to become toned with merely your own body weight to work with. This is why you should do 100 push-ups for this segment of your workout. Alternate 10 push-ups at a time with 10 burpees—my favorite. A burpee begins with a push-up, where you hoist yourself in one motion up to a squatting position and launch from there as high as you can go, landing back in a push-up position to begin the cycle anew. These get rough. Continue the cycle until you have completed 100 of each.
This is simple. I wish I was kidding when I say I have run up and down my staircase in Arizona for an hour at a time when it was 120 degrees and I couldn’t force myself outside the house. Literally just run up and down your staircase until you feel like you have lost it. When you get to that point, keep going. Just for five more minutes, and you will know you have given everything you could that day.
Society these days is peculiarly fixated on this group of muscles. Being confined to an indoor space for a workout is the perfect excuse to conform to the obsession. Begin with 25 cherry-pickers on each side. Simply sit, lean back so you are balanced right on your tail bone with your legs elevated in front of you, and rotate your trunk all the way to touch both hands to the ground on your right—repeat to the left. Next do 25 V-ups. Lay flat on your back and lift your legs straight up while also elevating your upper body and arms to touch your toes. These are killer if you do them correctly. The last exercise is simple, just 50 crunches, SLOWLY. Roll up one vertebra at a time. Repeat this cycle three times.