The Good and the Bad

February 1, 2010
Photo courtesy of Quinnipiac.edu
Most people would probably rather see a scene like this more often-tons of equipment just waiting to be used, and the place practically empty.
  This, unfortunately, is not the case on most days.
The photo makes the facility look incredibly spacious, (Chalk that up to good advertising) but things can get tight when you multiply the number of students in that photo, (what’s that, five?) by about, let’s just say for example, ten.     Suddenly, half the dumbells have mysteriously disappeared and an unoccupied bench has become about as easy to find as a parking spot in the commuter lot on a weekday morning (And that’s no easy task. Take it from this guy).
Just ask  Quinnipiac grad student Matt Ottulich. As a fitness center employee and gym user, he spends both his work hours and his free time in the facility. “You have to change your whole workout plan because one thing you wanna do you can’t do,” says Ottulich.
And the weights aren’t just being used, too often, say gym goers, they’re completely missing in action. “There’s missing dumbells all the time,” says Quinnipiac junior Matt Taft. “You can find dumbells behind the leg press machine.”
Well there’s still cardio, right? Wrong, say some students.
For Quinnipiac junior Sam Friedman, running on the track on the second floor of the fitness center is comparable to driving on the Merrit Parkway during rush hour.  “You get these people who will walk around and block the lanes,” he says.
Well the good news is, Quinnipiac kids, clearly, are committed to working out, and the bad news is, they all have to work around each other in order to work out.
Assistant Athletic Director for Fitness and Wellness Tammy Reilly expects this to improve as the semester progresses. Many students make fitness a part of their New Year’s Resolutions. That, combined with the rush to get in shape for spring break, packs the gym throughout the first half of the semester, says Reilly.
“That’s typically our busiest time of the year,” she says.
Quinnipiac gym goers aren’t alone. According to the Albany Herald, fitness clubs typically see a 10 to 20 percent spike in memberships during the months following the New Year.

The passing of spring break, plus an added workload usually thins the crowd of gym goers during the second half of the semester, says Reilly.

“Even if they want to, they actually have less time,” says Reilly. The new fitness center, which is supposed to open this August at the York Hill campus, is expected to alleviate the situation further.
“Now you have 1500 students up there that can potentiall work out here but won’t,” says Reilly.
Until then, Quinnipiac gym goers may just have to wait it out.

A Fitness Blog for the College Student

January 28, 2010

Any serious gym rat has browsed through his/her fair share of fitness blogs. Each one of these so called exercise gurus have their own formula that, they say, will shepherd you to the fitness promise land-whatever, in your mind, that may look like. Now the reality is that in addition to the “right” exercises, many of these formulas include crucial elements such as a certain diet, and, something that’s even harder to come by, time. For college students, these last two resources can be scarce. We all pull all-nighters studying, eat the university’s own brand of fast food, and, (let’s be honest) party.  Anyone can tell you that you need food and water to survive, but not everyone can tell you how to find those bare essentials in the middle of a desert.  College life is the desert. Now, let’s find the food and water.

Work to Workout Balance

January 28, 2010

College athletes aren’t the only students looking to stay in shape at Quinnipiac University, and the crowd of gym goers that occupies the campus fitness center during the facility’s peak hours-mid to late afternoon-is clear evidence of that. Add to that the fact that the university felt compelled to build an additional fitness center at the new York Hill campus, and you can safely say that many Quinnipiac students enjoy working out. Fitness is about setting goals, and-whether the objective is to avoid gaining that freshman 15, or adding 15 pounds of muscle mass-staying disciplined enough to reach them. Certain aspects of the university surroundings, however, can significantly challenge students’ commitment to the weight room or treadmill. The purpose of this blog will be to help students navigate through these obstacles. Their guides are not work out experts or celebrity trainers, but average, everyday people who accomplish the unthinkable-balancing a fulfilling gym regime with the rigors (and good times) of college life.