Working out in the Brandeis gyms leaves a lot to be desired. First of all, the Village Gym only has cardiovascular machines. Therefore, if you want to strength train, you have to schlep over to Gosman. (You can think of it as schlepping, though, or as an additional calorie burn). While the facilities are not the newest, they do get the job done—that is, if you work up the motivation to get there.
Many female students complain of feeling intimidated by the heavy male population in the weight room. The male sports teams pile in to help each other bench press, spot and whatnot. There is really no problem with working out alongside these men; if you’re lucky, you might even get a few pointers. However, if you’re a person who doesn’t feel comfortable alone, the best thing to do is to bring a friend along. Having a friend there is not only a comfort; it can act as a motivation. You can encourage each other to do one more set, a couple more reps, et cetera.
Friends are also great for attending physical education classes with. Brandeis offers free classes that are usually in the dance room of Gosman. Yoga Club also meets on campus and is free to attend. As gross as it may sound, sweating with your friends helps to establish a stronger bond than the typical coffee date.
Whether you’re using the elliptical in the Village or going to a Zumba class, remember to always wipe down the machines or mats and to keep hydrated. Working out does not have to be a negative thing; it can tone up your body and also help your brain release endorphins. Now, who wouldn’t want that?