Maybe we can work it out


You wake up at 8:30 a.m., eat a light breakfast and plan to hit the gym before class. As you walk to the gym, you notice no cars are outside. Maybe you’re ahead of the curve, or maybe the campus rec center has unreasonable hours.

The gym membership paid for through your tuition has open hours agreeable to only a small percentage of student body. For the unfamiliar, Hansel E. Tookes, Sr. Student Recreation Center is open Monday-Friday 6:30am-8:30am and 11:30am-1:30pm and 5-9pm.

I go by the “broke and famous” way of life, finding the inexpensive or free way to look and feel like a million bucks. When it comes to staying fit, the same ideals apply. While researching a solution to my gym horror story, I came across a few options that may appease other angry, out of shape Rattlers.

The Rattler Battalion Army ROTC building across from Gaither Gymnasium hosts a solution to the workout blues. Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 5:45 a.m., the Battalion offers an open invitation for the student body to join in Army physical training. It may sound intimidating, but working out with soldiers ensures an intense full-body workout.

Workout locations vary each day from the track to the pharmacy hill. The only requirement is an updated physical. However, Instructor Cadre has information on various clinics where you can receive an inexpensive physical.

But if the military experience isn’t your preference, find a friend who has a gym membership. Gyms like YouFit and Gold’s Gym have subscriptions that offer unlimited guest privileges at no extra cost. The downside to this is when your friend decides not to work out that day or the time doesn’t fit your schedule.

The feeling of being watched while working out makes some self-conscious. The best option might be magazine clipping workout plans. Not to sound corny, but these workouts are really beneficial.

Most workouts inside magazines focus on a particular area that needs the most help, ranging from your abdomen to your glutes to your legs. These workouts are designed by some of the top fitness experts. Who wouldn’t want to get tips from Rihanna’s personal trainer or Idris Elba’s fitness guru?

The Fall season brings a new school year. A new school year means new resolutions. Before deciding to change hair, makeup, or wardrobe, try out that new workout plan you’ve been eyeing.