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Colleges love to brag about their state-of-the-art gyms. But at some schools, the gym provides more than your typical workout. Whether it is an Olympic-size swimming pool or exceptional classes like yoga or Zumba, universities are always looking to improve their fitness centers.  We’ve compiled a list of the best college gyms, taking exercise and wellness to a whole other level.  
1. University of Missouri—Columbia, Missouri
Remodeled in 2005, this $50 million gym takes recreation and exercise to a completely new level of fun.  Equipped with a 35-foot climbing tower, five sports courts available to play racquetball and squash, three performance studios, more than 14,000 pounds of free weights, and 100 pieces of cardio equipment, Mizzou’s gym takes working out seriously.  
“Our upstairs area features studios where classes are held – ‘Tiger X’ passes offer students numerous options to take fitness classes,” said Vanessa Meuir, a senior at the University of Missouri. 

But that’s barely the tip of the iceberg.  MizzouRec prides itself on its aquatics center.  Not only is there a 50-meter competitive swimming pool and 10-meter diving well, but there’s also a sauna, hot tub, and lazy river for collegiettes™ looking to kick back and relax.  
Going above and beyond the average college gym, the rec center also includes a spa, where students can get manicures, pedicures, and massages.  When the renovation was completed in 2005, Sports Illustrated recognized it as the best college rec center in the nation.
2. Ohio State University—Columbus, Ohio
With more than 56,000 students, Ohio State is one of the biggest universities in the country—and its recreation centers make sure to fit in everyone.  
“The number of machines, weights, and spaces to work out is incredible. Even with a student body as large as ours, you can always find free equipment,” said Kali Grant, a junior at OSU. 

With more than five gyms spread throughout campus, the Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) is the University’s biggest gym.  The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association recognized this 500,000-square-foot gym in 2007 as an Outstanding Sports Facility.   RPAC draws students in with its incredible Aquatics Centers, which includes a spa, a six-lane lap pool, two dry saunas, a hot tub, and a leisure pool equipped with a slide and bubble bench.   To persuade students even more into exercising, RPAC offers 10 glass-backed racquetball courts, a four-lane jogging track, and a ton of classes, such as Zumba and yoga. 
But there’s even more. Scattered throughout campus are indoor basketball and tennis courts, a rock wall climbing structure, and ping-pong tables for collegiettes™ looking for a competitive game with a good arm workout. 
3.  Georgia Institute of Technology—Atlanta, Georgia
Georgia Tech’s gym is more than just a place to work out; the university’s recreation department offers students the ability to enjoy the Georgia sun while also working out, with tons of activities offered outdoors.  With sand volleyball courts, fields for all sports, and a patio for soaking up the sun’s rays, there are endless activities. The Wilderness Outpost rents recreation equipment to students seeking some outdoor fun.  At low, affordable prices, the Wilderness Outposts has rock climbing, kayak, whitewater, mountain biking, and camping gear.

The state-of the-art fitness center offers both exercise and leisure activities with more than 200 pieces of equipment and over 25,000 pounds of weights. Georgia Tech’s gym is the perfect place to sweat off any extra baggage—not to mention, every piece of cardio equipment has its own built-in television screen.  For a relaxing day spent outside your dorm room, the fitness center also offers a spa with seating for more than 1,900 students.  
4. University of North Dakota—Grand Forks, North Dakota

Health and wellness are top priorities at the University of North Dakota fitness center—the facility is not just for the body, but for the mind and soul as well.   The two-story Wellness Center centers on aesthetics, with an atrium streaming in natural light and a Quiet Lounge for meditation and relaxation. 
Unique to the university is a kitchen teaching students how to prepare healthy meals and snacks.  To make spin classes more exciting, there are black lights, a smoke machine, and a disco ball, creating a fun and energetic atmosphere to work out in. 

5.  University of California, Irvine—Irvine, California

Going to a gym with exceptional equipment is great, but what’s even cooler? Going to the gym where world famous athletes also work out.  
“Kobe Bryant is always spotted working out here because we have a lot of new equipment and technology,” said Rebecca Lew, a senior at UC Irvine. 
With a 19,000-square-foot gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, or badminton, it’s no surprise that celebrity athletes look to UC Irvine’s facilities to exercise.  
However, there’s more than just basketball and celebrities.  UC Irvine offers students the opportunity to take outdoor adventure trips, such as scuba diving and kayaking. There’s also an entire sailing facility, where students can take classes or private lessons, and take part in races on Newport Harbor. 
6.  University of Denver—Denver, Colorado 

Setting University of Denver apart from the other college fitness centers are its ice rinks.  Unlike the typical Pilates class or 45-minute workout on the elliptical, at University of Denver students can exercise with a few laps skating around the multiple NHL-sized indoor rinks, or a pick-up game of hockey with friends.  Either way, it’s a cool way to stay fit and have fun.  
If skating starts to get a little old for you, there are still a wide variety of activities to help stay in shape.  There is an Olympic-sized pool, six tennis courts, and different ‘zones’ of workout space, including stretching, circuit training, strength training, cardio training, and core/functional fitness.  With so much to do, it’s hard to get bored when working out at University of Denver. 

7.  Evergreen State College—Olympia, Washington

Evergreen State College is a hiker’s heaven.  While the College Recreation Center does offer typical indoor activities like aerobics, the university specializes in hiking.  Known for having some of the best hiking trails in the Northwest, Evergreen provides students with the opportunity to explore nature and trek through picturesque trails… all on their way to class.  
Because Washington tends to experience rain quite often, the university has installed a weatherproof cover over the Pavilion.  Rain or shine students have the opportunity to get out on the field for a pick-me-up game of soccer, football, or lacrosse.  
8.  New York University—New York, New York

Even with limited real estate in the Big Apple, NYU’s gym still manages to encompass 142,000-square-feet.  The University’s fitness center is laid out in a unique way; the facility is five levels high, with each floor featuring a different workout technique.  On the roof alone, students enjoy batting cages, tennis courts, and a track for jogging. The aquatics level features a 6-lane pool, a diving area with multiple diving boards, and a sauna to sit back and relax in.  The fitness center also has a fencing facility, something uncommon for college gyms.  Other floors contain a wrestling room, racquetball courts, 1,000-square-foot bouldering walls to climb, and multi-purpose court. 
“NYU offers a huge range of classes including everything from boot camp to ballet,” said Hannah Orenstein, a freshman at NYU and Her Campus writer. 
The university’s gym offers a different activity for every student, so there’s always something for collegiettes™ to do. 
9. University of South Carolina—Columbia, South Carolina

USC is a school known for its athletics, but its fitness center is not exclusive to athletes.  The Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center has a seemingly endless amount of amenities for students to take advantage of.  Indoors, the facility features five basketball and volleyball courts, five racquetball courts, a squash court, a soccer and floor hockey court, and a jogging track.  In addition to all those amenities, there’s also over 80 pieces of cardio equipment and 160 weight-training stations—not to mention the 52-foot-tall climbing wall, swimming pool, spa, and sauna.  And that’s only the inside. The fitness center also incorporates several outdoors activities and sponsors intramural sports. At USC, there’s something for everyone, no matter how athletically inclined (or not) you are.  
10.  Northwestern University—Evanston, Illinois 

Northwestern’s fitness center doesn’t draw students in with amenities alone.  While the university gym does feature basketball, racquetball, tennis, and volleyball courts, it goes an extra step forward offering a wide range of classes to its health-driven student body.  Through kickboxing, water Pilates, yoga, and Pilates, Northwestern students always find a way to exercise together.  However, the fitness center also offers an educational route for students seeking more information on diet and nutrition.  Food and health seminars are held each month to teach students about popular food topics.  From how to enjoy holiday meals without added pounds, or the science behind different diet trends, Northwestern brings relevant health education to average gym experience. 
Kali Grant, a junior at OSU
Vanessa Meuir, a senior at University of Missouri
Rebecca Lew, a senior at UC Irvine
Hannah Orenstein, a freshman at NYU

Jamie is a recent graduate of the George Washington University where she majored in Political Communication and Journalism.  While in school, she interned at several magazines and online publications, wrote for Her Campus, and contributed to her university's newspaper, The Hatchet. Her work has been syndicated in The Huffington Post, USA Today College, and Reader's Digest. Jamie loves boy bands, anything with a little wit and sarcasm, and of course, diet coke. She is currently pursuing a career in magazine journalism in NYC. You can follow her on Twitter, @jamieblynn