Fightin’ the Freshman 15

By Morgan Thornburg
Flapjack Chronicle staff

Text by Morgan Thornburg with “Exercise Fitness Black” by Mohamed Ibrahim, public domain image.

Heavy breathing. Weights clinking. The steady hum of the elliptical. These are the sounds of college students working to avoid the dreaded freshman fifteen at the Humboldt State Recreation Center. With junk food being so easily accessible and desserts being displayed before the main entrees at the J, it’s important for college students to workout and take control of their health.
At the HSU Rec Center, students have many exercising options available to them. The Rec Center, just above the HSU Red Bowl Stadium, is open Monday-Thursday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Don’t like big crowds? Not a problem. Staff member Roland Demombynes says the early morning is the best time to workout when it comes to avoiding people.
“Morning weight classes are from either eight or nine to about noon, so anytime before that is definitely the best time to go,” he explains.
However, many would agree that mornings aren’t always the best time for college students. If you’re one of these non-morning people, Demombynes recommends going to the gym later in the evening. The afternoons are usually crowded with sports team athletes.
Freshmen Carmen Monteon works out to enjoy feeling healthy and in shape. She prefers to workout later in the evening.
“I like to workout at night because it’s calming after a long day and there’s hardly anyone at the gym,” she explains. “When there are fewer people, I don’t feel like everyone is giving me weird stares!”
Don’t know much about working out? There’s a solution for that, too. Although it’s too late this semester, next semester students have the opportunity to sign up for one of two classes: Physical Ed 157 or Physical Ed 158. These classes, which count as 1-2 credit units, focus on strength and conditioning training, teaching students the basics of weight lifting and working out.
Trainer Ryan Walsh says these classes are beneficial to any student who wants to better his health. Walsh urges students to workout every day, if possible.
“Try to do something every day, or at least for an hour every other day,” Walsh suggests.
Not only does working out better one’s overall health, but it can also have positive advantages on academics and overall happiness.
“Working out is a great way to de-load from academics,” Walsh explains. “In addition, you get the extra endorphin kick, which will boost your mood.”


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