While it’s great to have a gym on campus, the culture of the Pitt-Greensburg Fitness Center is different every semester. Some semesters it’s almost exclusively filled with the sports teams. Sometimes it’s impossible to find an elliptical.
Though the fitness center is 2,400-square-feet, it can often feel very small. Our fitness center has six treadmills, six elliptical machines, two bikes, weight machines, and free weights. That’s a lot to fit inside a small area. Just what is the best time to go to the gym?
It’s worth knowing that the student worker who sits at the desk in the gym keeps a log of how many people are in the gym every half hour. It even goes so far to mark which area of the gym is being used. If you always show up in your gym clothes to find the equipment you want to use is taken, it might be worth your time to ask the student worker to take a look at their log.
You can compare the gym log to the days you’re thinking of visiting the gym, and see at what times your equipment has been free in past weeks. Maybe someday our gym will be as sophisticated as our laundry rooms, and we’ll be able to check when equipment is free from our computer. Until then, trust the log.
From looking at the logs, it appears that the best time to use free weights is before lunchtime or after 8:00 pm. The busiest time for free weights is between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. Ellipticals, bikes, and treadmills for the most part seem to be available at all hours, but the busiest time is before and after dinner.
Though the campus gym is small, it’s still paid for in your tuition. Take advantage of campus resources like the gym, but be mindful of when is the right time to go.
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
What time do you think is the prime time to go to the gym? Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #PGgymlife