Descending the stairs to the Pepperdine Fitness Center can feel more like a prison sentence than a healthy workout. While I applaud students who are willing to embrace the “dungeon” gym it is not the workout destination for everyone. Pepperdine students are sometimes very disappointed to discover this is one of their only options.
Seaver sophomore Alllison Slattery says she always prefers working out outdoors.
“The environment and natural beauty of the campus make it the perfect place to workout.”
Many students don’t realize there are a number of workout alternatives on campus.
#1) Group Fitness Classes: Grab a buddy and head down to the Harilela Tennis Stadium Fitness Studio for a great workout. Campus Recreation offers a wide variety of classes for students to have fun while staying in shape. Whether you’re working up a sweat in cardio kickboxing, or toning your muscles in Power Sculpt there is a group fitness class available for everyone. Classes are $5 per class or $60 per semester.
#2) Alternative Gyms: Many students don’t realize that the Firestone Fieldhouse Weight Center is not the only gym in town. For those students lucky enough to live in Drescher or Towers you’re in luck! Both living areas come with a fully functioning fitness studio.
Towers Fitness Center. Located in the west wing of Rockwell Towers, the Towers gym is composed of four separate workout facilities: a ground floor weight room, second floor group fitness room and third and fourth floor cardio rooms. Cardio floors include three elliptical and two treadmills. Facilities are limited to Towers residents.
Drescher Fitness Center. For those of you living in Drescher look no longer. The Drescher fitness center includes a variety of cardio machines and a multi-weight station. The fitness center is open to all residents of Drescher.
#3) Stotsenburg Track: If you’re still searching for a way to stay active while enjoying the ocean view you can take a run on the Stotsenburg Track. Open to all Pepperdine students and residents of the Malibu community, the Stotsenburg track is an excellent option for students for a walk or run.
#4) Hike to the Cross: If you have some extra time on your hands and are ready for a hike, here’s your chance. The ‘Hike to the Cross’ is a great Pepperdine tradition and an awesome way to get outdoors. But don’t be fooled! This hike is sure to bring your heart rate up so make sure to pack a water bottle. And… wear sneakers for this one!
How do you stay in shape on campus?
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