Fitness is for Everyone

By: Kevin Yang, University Recreation & Wellness, Certified Personal Trainer

With the semester picking up, I want to encourage you to check out the weight/fitness areas at University Recreation and Wellness. There are so many different ways to be active as a Terp and a quick workout can do wonders for your body, mind, and spirit.

adobe-sparkIf you have some fears about working out and using the gym, that’s understandable! Here are some common themes I’ve heard from friends who are struggling to get started.

4 Self-Defeating Thoughts & How to Combat Them

  1. I don’t have time.

We’re open Monday through Friday from 6am-midnight. That’s 18 hours of recreational awesomeness waiting for you. Take a study break by lifting or running on our track. It’ll help keep your blood flowing, help you maintain focus, and decrease stress.

  1. I have no idea what I’m doing.

That’s ok! You don’t have to be a fitness expert to get results and feel better from being active. We have tons of easy-to-use machines, as well as staff who who are happy to show you how to use them. Throughout the course of the year, personal trainers hold free “Form Check Friday” sessions where they can help you improve your squat, deadlift, and bench press form. Finally, we have free weight/fitness orientations that introduce you to our machines and teach you how to use them.

You might even consider signing up for personal training to work with a certified trainer and get a tailored fitness plan. Training sessions are offered at a discounted rate for students.


  1. I feel like I don’t belong in the weight room.

At RecWell, we do our best to make sure that everyone feels included in our fitness areas. But we know it can be intimidating. I suggest bringing a friend with you if you’re new to lifting weights. It’s a great way to stay motivated, build your confidence, and you might even learn some new tips.


  1. I can’t lift enough and people will judge me.

Everyone starts somewhere. You may just be on a different stage of your fitness journey than the person lifting next to you. And to be honest, most people are too busy focusing on their own goals to notice and judge anyone else.

I know I didn’t cover every excuse, but I hope you feel more comfortable about coming to RecWell facilities and using our weight and fitness spaces. You belong here, and you are welcome here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at,  I’m happy to help!

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