PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Onward Debate: The Best On-Campus Gym

Penn State is one of the fittest campuses in the nation, and gains like that don’t come without hitting the gym. Luckily our campus is home to three, but choosing between the Intramural Building, White Building, and Rec Hall can be tough.

Our writers debated the pros and cons of each venue and defended their favorites:

Tim Reams — Intramural Building

The IM building is the best gym on campus, hands-down. The range of activities offered is extensive: racquetball, courts, yoga rooms, Ping-Pong areas, boxing rooms, volleyball courts, karate rooms, a plethora of new basketball courts, and the most up-to-date public indoor track on campus, to name a few.

With that said, the sense of community and the helpful, ever-cheerful staff are really what seal the deal for me. Fitness classes, lifting partners, and pick-up games are always available, and often that’s the difference in motivating yourself to workout.

IM might be tucked away on the edge of campus next to East Halls, but the Blue and White Loops both stop in front of the building. Inconvenience is no excuse to count out to the best gym on campus.

Carolyn Popescu — White Building

When I was a freshman, much like Tim Reams, I thought the IM building was the way to go. I lived in the middle-of-nowhere Stone Hall, and the only silver lining to my location was the proximity of the gym.

Though the IM building feels new and squeaky-clean, the White Building has grown on me. This gym is essentially in the center of campus, so no matter where you live or what building your classes are in, it’s always just a few minutes away. You’re going to work out anyway, so why complain about a 15 minute walk?
The White Building offers the biggest variety of fitness classes. Whether you want to chill out with some Yoga with Doug or go crazy at Power Remix, you can bank on a class happening at a time convenient for you. The cardio equipment in the White Building is pretty dated, but it gets the job done. And honestly, a treadmill is a treadmill — you feel like a sweaty hamster either way.
The White Building is the only on-campus gym with a pool. Whether doing sprints or just taking some leisurely laps, this adds a whole new dimension to a fitness center. It also has dance studios, huge gymnasiums, and indoor cycling. Chances are, the White Building has something for you if you’re willing to put up with slightly worn-in equipment.

Jacob Abrams — Rec Hall

When you walk into Rec Hall, you aren’t just going to work out. You’re going for a slice of Penn State history.

Maybe you’re just there to get swole, but Rec Hall is the original Penn State gym.  You get the traditional college atmosphere when you’re there. Just think of your Penn State Dad — he could probably spend hours reciting his greatest Rec Hall memories.

Rec Hall was and is a prime destination for sports. It was home of Penn State basketball at one point, and you can still feel the electric atmosphere at Return to Rec. Penn State calls Rec Hall “one of the oldest and most recognized buildings on campus.” White Building and IM aren’t nearly as iconic as Rec Hall.

Like every gym on campus, you have the fitness center, basketball, racquetball, squash, golf nets, tracks, fitness classes, and a friendly staff. Plus, Rec Hall just got PSU wifi, which is a major key.

There are undeniable common elements shared by all three gyms, but what sets Rec Hall apart from the others is its winning tradition. “[Rec Hall] is home to Penn State Men’s & Women’s Gymnastics, National Champion Men’s & National Champion Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Three-time National Champion Men’s Wrestling,” according to the Penn State Athletics website.

The IM Building might be the newest gym, and White Building may have a swimming pool, but Rec Hall has the tradition and unique atmosphere to set itself apart from the others.

About the Author

Staff

Posts from the all-student staff of Onward State.

Comments

More by Onward State

Staff Predictions: Over/Under Penn State’s Projected Win Total

Vegas bookmakers have set Penn State’s over/under win total count at 9.5 for the upcoming football season.

Penn State Baseball Swept In Weekend Series Against Northwestern

To Our Favorite NFL Teams: Please Draft Saquon Barkley

Athletics

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Former Penn State women’s gymnastics head coach Jeff Thompson has filed a lawsuit against the university following the termination of his contract in February 2017. Thompson, alongside his wife and associate head coach Rachelle Thompson, was accused by former gymnasts and an assistant coach of creating a hostile team environment. The Thompsons allegedly pressured athletes to compete […]

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Penn State Women’s Soccer Adds Swiss Forward Kim Dubs

Student Life

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

The lab uses a combination of human genomics, computational biology, and functional studies, using Drosophila and human cell lines, to understand the risks caused by genetic mutations and to grasp how gene disruption leads to altered neurodevelopment.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Pennharmonics To Hold 25th Anniversary Reunion Concert

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Heinz Field Sold Out For Pitt-Penn State

The game is scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, September 8.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Madden NFL 19 Ratings For Nittany Lions

For the second consecutive year, Sean Lee is the highest-rated Nittany Lion in the Madden video game.

Send this to a friend