Archive for April, 2010

Fitness Isn’t Always Free

April 13, 2010

How much would you pay for a gym membership?

At Quinnipiac, the fitness facilities are free, but students at Penn State University aren’t as lucky.

In addition to a “facilities fee” that is added to the tuition of every student at Penn State, the University charges students anywhere from 52 to 99 dollars for year-long access to the campus’s three facilities, according to Penn State student Melissa Graesser.

“I know that some people don’t register for the gym because they feel that they won’t use it enough to get their moneys worth, but if it was free they would take some of the classes that the gym offers,” said Graesser. “Many students still pay to use the gym, myself included, but it would be nice to be able to use the facilities paid for in the facilities fee.”

It’s a good thing Quinnipiac doesn’t charge its students to use the gym-more than 70 percent of those polled say that they would not use the fitness facilities if the university included a fee. Over 29 percent say that it would depend on how much the university was charging.

“I would go to a gym off campus, LA Fitness probably,” said senior Mike Capko.

Sophomore Rob Monico, who pays 35 dollars a month for his LA Fitness membership, says that the gym at Quinnipiac isn’t worth paying for.

“The gym is just lacking cause the weights are destroyed,” he said.

Sleeping In, Working Out

April 6, 2010
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You need sleep to work out, at least effectively-that’s no big secret. For college students, however, this simple ingredient can be hard to come by.

Junior Sam Friedman is used to being bogged down by what he describes as “irregular” sleeping habits, due to a schedule that has him taking morning classes every other day.

According to medHeadlines, college students have a reputation for being short on sleep.

“I end up being being very tired on some days, or very refreshed on other days,” Friedman said.

Friedman stays up late when he knows he can sleep in the next day. Unfortunately, he has trouble breaking this habit on nights before his early morning classes.

“A lot of times when I stay up late I’m doing my schoolwork, because I don’t have a lot of time to do it during the day,” he said.

In addition to taking classes, Friedman holds an internship at WTNH and works twice a week at the Quinnipiac Polling Institute, not to mention that one of his broadcast journalism classes has him covering a beat in Waterbury.

“That’s almost like another work study,” he said.

One has to wonder how Friedman even finds the time to get to the gym, let alone gather the energy to work out.

“Anytime I don’t sleep well, I don’t have as much energy,” Friedman said. “I will still go, but it ruins my workout.”

According to medHeadlines, college students have a reputation for being short on sleep. A third of college students surveyed in a sleep study had took 30 minutes or more to fall asleep, while over 40 percent reported waking up during the night.

Junior Justin Ottino knows this problem too well.

“It’s really difficult to get a lot of sleep,” Ottino said. “I wake up to just anything really.”

An occupational therapy major, Ottino is some times up until 2 a.m. doing homework. An avid gym goer, he naps in the afternoon after classes to re-energize for his workout.

“I usually find it a really big struggle to go in the gym, because I’m really, really tired,” he said.