Friday, July 27, 2012

My name is Blair Blanchette, and I’m a rising third year majoring in Biochemistry. In this brief blog post, I hope to give you a little insight into staying fit at UVA. In my two years as a UVA student, I can certainly say that UVA students love to exercise and stay healthy! UVA has three gyms on grounds that are free to students during the year. Those gyms have squash and racquetball courts, saunas, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, the biggest hot tub on this side of the Mississippi (which also doubles as a movie theater), and more ellipticals, rowing machines, treadmills, and free weights than you can count. In addition, the Aquatic and Fitness Center (also known as the AFC) hosts drop-in fitness sessions, such as spin classes, yoga, pilates, zumba, and kick boxing. There are more than enough locations and events for every student to stay fit.
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Aquatic and Fitness Center
When UVA students aren’t cheering on our top-tier sports teams, we love participating ourselves, either at the club or intramural level. Because our varsity athletics are so strong, our club sports are equally competitive and popular. The sports offered range from what I would consider typical, such as soccer, tennis and lacrosse, to the atypical, such as fencing, archery and riflery and Quidditch. If you’re looking for a little less intensity, intramural sports last for about four weeks each season, so you can try a variety of sports with your friends, including inner-tube water polo and Wallyball. Since there are so many options, every student finds their own way to stay fit, whether it be through an organized sport or just running around the Rivanna trails, the city of Charlottesville, and our beautiful grounds. 

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