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Spot Me Bro: Rec Hall is the Best College Gym

You know a ranking is legitimate when it begins with “When you think of Pennsylvania you think of Amish people, Wiz Khalifa [sic], steel, and of course, Penn State.”

That dubious introduction aside, Penn State did receive some accolades on Tuesday worth bragging about. Spot Me Bro ranked the top college gyms in the country, and Penn State’s Rec Hall came out on top. Other Big Ten Schools on the list are the University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, and Ohio State.

Here’s what SMB had to say about Penn State:

“They have worked diligently to provide convenient access across campus in areas that are close to residence halls, commons, and parking. So depending on daily schedules students have multiple options to sneak in a workout.

“As far as programs go, they offer an academic class for students interested in more advanced strength and conditioning information and a introduction to personal training and strength coaching. Their facilities can be fairly crowded at certain times of the year and during the most popular hours, but generally they operate under 70% capacity so not too worry, you will find a place to lift.

“As an added service they’ve provided students with an App that has current attendance information, schedules, contact information, etc. at their finger-tips. Future plans include an attendance predictor for making plans in advance, a workout card for recording training results and a video library of exercises for designing workouts and learning form. I can only sum this up with one word, Gnarly.”

The rankings were based on the following criteria:

  • Available equipment – Do they have platforms, power racks, and prowlers in their gyms?
  • Quality of equipment – Is it top of the line equipment or run of the mill nonsense? Well maintained?
  • Facility uniqueness – Do they stand out from your normal 24 Hour Fitness gym?
  • Newness of facility – Is the equipment old or new?
  • Physical education programs/Classes available – Do they have classes such as “intro to weightlifting”, or “intro to powerlifting”?

These rankings may not seem completely valid, but hey, who dare doubt “Spot Me Bro?”

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Jessica Tully

Jessica Tully is a first-year law student at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. She graduated in May 2014 with degrees in journalism and political science.

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