Gym hours encourage weekend party culture

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One chilly Saturday morning, on my way to Alumni Gym, I attempted to open the front door, but found it was locked shut. I couldn’t believe it.

I realized that Alumni Gym did not open until noon on Saturdays and Sundays.

The gym hours on the weekends at Union do not take into account students who want to get their workout completed at the start of their day.

Not to mention that completing your workout at the start of your day is the best time because it won’t get kicked off your list of things to do during the day.

These late gym hours, that do not even start until the day is halfway over, not only keep students from working out, but also condone a heavy party culture.

It is insensitive to assume that every student on campus doesn’t wake up until Saturday and Sunday are halfway over.

Not including the whole student body’s needs is completely unfair.

More hours at the Alumni Gym would also allow for students to exercise without fighting the crowds that form after classes let out.

An earlier opening time would allow for the morning people, who are not heavy partiers, to get in their morning sweat.

Yes, I am aware that College Park Hall has a miniscule workout room for students who want to exercise before noon on the weekends; however, it does not have the assortment and variety of equipment that Alumni Gym has.

If students can only use certain machines because of injuries, the variety is not available at College Park Hall.

In addition, it is just plain unfair that the only available gym is both far away and really only intended for the residents of College Park.

Students who want an early workout should not be confined to the gym at College Park.

Not only are the gym hours on the whole woefully inadequate, but also during the week, students who have an 8 a.m. class cannot get their workout done before class because during the week, the gym opens at 7:30 a.m., only a half hour before class starts.

There is no time to workout before class, let alone even shower.

There is also no alternative to this; College Park Hall Gym also doesn’t open until 7:30 a.m.

Exercising out outside is also a pretty impossible when there are a few inches of snow on the ground during the cold winter term.

To top off the horrible trimester gym hours, Union decreases the amount of gym hours during finals week, when most colleges choose to increase them.

Exercising has many health benefits, especially decreasing stress levels, which are heightened during finals weeks.

Having the opportunity to go burn off that stress at any point is important for a successful performance on a big exam.

Working out has so many benefits that go beyond just being healthy, as it also decreases stress levels and can even boost your mood with post-workout endorphins.

Clearly, Union’s gym hours need to be changed.

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