The Competition for the Best College Gym Begins!
Across the United States, universities and colleges are building bigger, better, more modern gyms. Whether its to better serve students or impress alumni & donors (or both), what has resulted are some truly impressive facilities.
After a lot of research, we’ve got 5 gyms in mind that were especially impressive to us. These gyms were chosen based on facility innovation, equipment quality, as well as additional offerings like fitness classes and an awesome pool.
Here we go…
Remodeled in 2005, U. Missouri’s fitness facilities went well above and beyond expectations. Offerings include a 35′ rock climbing tower, 5 courts for racquetball and squash, over 14,000 lbs of free weights and 100 pieces of cardio equipment.
But that’s not all. The aquatic center boasts an indoor beach, and a lazy river available for students who need to relax. In addition to 50 meter competitive swimming pool and diving well.
After taking a lap around the lazy river, students can unwind in the hot tub or sauna then get a massage at the spa.
With over 5 gyms across campus, the crowning jewel is the Recreation and Physical Activity Center.
The main gym is over 500,000 square feet and boasts a spa, six-lane poo, two saunas, hot tub, and leisure pool with slide and bubble bench. If aquatics aren’t your thing there are 10 racquetball courts, a 4 lane track, and class offerings like yoga and the popular Zumba.
Other facilities on campus boast basketball and tennis courts, a rock wall, and ping-pong tables.
With over 200,000 square feet and 21,000 lbs of weights the campus Rec. Center is a one stop shop for those looking to get fit.
The center also offers a juice bar and convenience store for hungry patrons to refuel. In addition there are three pools, a climbing wall, and suspended track, student may never want to leave this gym.
Who doesn’t want to work out while appreciating world-class architectural feats?
Although it boasts impressive amenities ( think basketball, racquetball, tennis, and volleyball courts) Northwestern has focused on two other supremely important health aspects: wellness classes and nutrition.
Classes available include: kickboxing, water Pilates, yoga, and regular Pilates. The fitness center also provides classes and information on diet and nutrition. Seminars held each month teach students about how not to gain pounds during the holidays and other important topics.
The pièce de résistance of the Penn States fitness program is Recreation Hall. A historic but newly renovated and expanded fitness center. The building boasts two full gyms, a weight room and fitness center, gymnastics practice facilities, 10 squash courts, and 14 racquetball courts.
4 other rec. facilities on campus provide: full size, competitive indoor and outdoor natatoriums, a tennis center, and various class offerings. All of this combines makes Penn State’s recreational collection one of the largest in the world.
Top College Gyms (Summary)
Whether you’re just curious to see if your school made the list, or a soon-to-be-freshman who wants to make sure they can work out at one of the best facilities, we hope that this post was useful.
If you have something to add or think we should consider your school for next year, comment and let us know!
- “The 25 Most Amazing Campus Student Recreation Centers” – Best College Reviews
- “The 25 Healthiest Colleges in the U.S.” – Greatist