Workout Tips

5 Ways to Beat Your College Fitness Woes

Poor gyms and the "freshman 15" won't stand a chance if you follow these tips.


The college years should be synonymous with personal growth, discovery, and establishing a mastery of a field of study. Staying focused on your physical fitness can sometimes take a backseat. Sure, the snazzy rec center might have weighed into your decision, but relying on it is at best, foolhardy and at worst, potentially disastrous. Many schools offer nothing more than shiny equipment and expansive facilities.

For freshman, college is abundant with anticipation, trepidation, and temptation. While most fears are extinguished during the first term, temptations intensify. The infamous "freshman 15" is attributable to a combination of indiscriminant consumption of food on campus and a slew of dorm parties. I've witnessed poor nutritional discretion coupled with a lack of time management morph former prom queens into defensive linemen.

Having been there before as a student and now a manager at a campus recreation center, where I help countless students achieve their fitness goals, I am providing you these five valuable tips to succeed in your higher learning journey.

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1. Don't major in the minors

The college years serve as a lifter's developmental primetime. Outside some varsity athletes, few college students have invested sweat equity honing fundamental movement patterns.

Instead of tackling the squat, deadlift, and pressing variations, a majority of lifters opt for machines, body part splits, and faddish cross training ideologies during their formative years.

As it pertains to setting out on a course of study, would a student be better served earning a handful of minors or majoring in something meaningful? Someone who graduates with a major is more employable than someone who spent years meandering through courses they found interesting.

2. Time is your most valuable asset

The adage of time equaling money aptly applies to the life of a college student. In fact, I'd argue that time is more valuable than money, because all of the money in the world cannot retrospectively rescue a person from consequences stemming from poor time management.

Time should be carved out for yourself before you even contemplate creating your schedule. That way you have time to yourself, instead of having to find enough to hit the gym.

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