Thinking Ahead: Motivate Yourself to Use the College Gym This Year

Thinking Ahead mediaClass all day, maybe work that follows and how could you forget about the homework? Exercise is the last thing on your mind, and the last place you want to enter is your college gym.  At the time it may seem more like a struggle than a reward; but trust us it’s worth it. Although at the time the stability of exercising in your home sounds ideal, there are definitely perks to hitting up the school gym. I have been there a time or two, so I am going to provide you with some strategies to get yourself to the gym when your busy schedule kicks in.

  1. Make a dope playlist

Right when you’re about to hit the big red button on the treadmill, ASAP Ferg’s “Work Remix” comes on.  After a couple of song, you are distracted and you forget how much you are sweating and aching.  Keep yourself entertained and focused on your main goal, getting a great workout in. Make sure your playlist lasts the entire workout, this prevents on you wanting to stop because you are jamming to One Direction too hard.

  1. Upgrade your workout gear

You have had the same pair of Nikes since sophomore year high school, it’s time to upgrade to Adidas (trust me they are coming back).  Just like buying new back to school clothes, you get excited to actually come back to class to show off your new outfits.  Workout style can be the same way!  Purchasing new workout gear that is comfortable, cute and trendy can make you more confident in yourself and it’s okay to show off a little.  So head to the gym to do so.

  1. Eye candy

Let’s face it, we all know the gym provides some eye catchers.  It may be intimidating to work out with the opposite sex surrounding you, but what is a better motivation to hit the college gym?  Who knows your future could be resting at the gym, while you’re working out at home.  (But beware of the ones flexing and grinning in front of the mirror.)

  1. Bring a friend

Busy semesters equal less gossip time with your friends.  Instead of meeting for drinks or dinner, meet at a mutual spot at the college gym.  It’s an easy and fun way to get a quick workout in and a person to spot the cuties at the gym with.  Be one another’s motivation or make it a friendly competition, “don’t skip leg day.”

  1. Reward Yourself

Nothing is wrong with treating yourself after a successful visit to your gym.  You may think a solid workout is enough of an award, which it is, but who doesn’t love some extra motivating. Spoil yourself for hitting the gym 5 out of 7 days this week.  Pamper your hard work!


Your college gym offers you so much more than you probably even know about!  If you’re looking to clear you mind in your busy schedule or get back into shape, there is no better time than now with the semester approaching.  I hope I can help you to feel more motivated to visiting the gym down the street, right on campus.


I hope you learn. I hope you laugh. I hope you never stop. And remember being fit is always in style.

-Karlee Fowler

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