Tangerine Gleam wrote:I'm having trouble finding good info on the campus gym. Do any of you use it often, and if so, can you comment on it?
I just want a place where I can do some simple exercise on a regular basis, but I don't know how accessible it is (i.e. how crowded it gets, where it even is, and if parking is available or if you must walk/bus there). I would consider getting a membership at a private gym if it would make my 1L life easier.
Based on my personal experience, I've never had any real problems with access to equipment at the gym. I would usually go late afternoon to early evening on the weekdays, and even though the RSF (gym name) would "look" full, I'd always be able to access a treadmill or eliptical almost immediately. I may have just been lucky those times but mornings, I'm assuming, are the slow times. There are rooms where all sorts of activities, sports and classes are held. There is a set schedule posted for each of these activities. I recommend circuit training. That was fun. I'm looking into taking ballet classes myself in the Fall.
The RSF is on Bancroft, a little ways down the Bancroft and Telegraph intersection. Very walkable from Boalt. And since it's downhill to the RSF from our building, I'm sure you wouldn't mind.
There is a parking lot across the way from the RSF but walking is much better and more convenient.
My final recommendation: Use the RSF. It's only $10 per semester for access to a facility that's on par if not better than other private gyms. Hope this helps!