Nerd Fitness: Why Lied Rec Center Beats State Gym in Comparison
Iowa State has two main recreational athletic facilities – State gym and Lied Rec Center. Both totally fare-free to all ISU students, they include access to workout equipment, indoor tracks, a swimming pool and spa, a variety of group fitness classes and more. For those of you who haven’t visited either of these facilities, I urge you to go. College is a fun yet stressful time, and staying active is key to managing a healthy mind and body throughout our all too busy lifestyles. (That will be my only fitness rant, for now!)
Before I knew that Iowa State had two rec facilities, I spent my first two years only going to State Gym. It was close to my dorm, close to my classes, and it was one of the nicest gyms I had seen in comparison to some of the other schools I toured as an incoming freshman. With each workout, I became one of many biased fitness nerds – favoring State Gym over the more mysterious and distant Lied Rec Center.
But have you ever heard the phrase, “don’t knock it til you’ve tried it?” Until recently, I had always preferred State Gym over Lied – that was until I tried them both! And now that I’ve tried them… there seems to be a clear winner. Here’s why I think Lied might out lift the more famous State Gym….
To start off the comparison, here is why State gym is great…
State Gym has a large swimming pool along with a diving platform, water basketball, water volleyball, lap swim lanes, and a hot tub!
Yes – a hot tub!
2 Floor Weight Room
Because one is just not enough
More squat racks
…For leg day of course
Wood floor basketball courts
And to even it out, here is why Lied Rec Center is even better…
More space in front of dumbbells
With a school of over 30,000 people, more space is always a good thing
If you are like the average person, the gym can be intimidating at times – a quieter workout environment can ease those feelings
Designated stretch space
Instead of laying by the State Gym windows, Lied actually has a designated space for stretching
Kettle bells available
…Because the kettle bell workout is underestimated
The skin is our biggest detoxifier – A quick 15 minutes in the steam room is never a bad idea
More basketball courts (20)
The more the merrier, am I right!?
Rubber sport court floors and indoor turf
Green grass won’t be around much longer, turf will always be there
Not the weight lifting type? Practice your ping pong and foosball skills at Lied Rec!
Designated functional training space
This includes more foam rollers, TRX bands, and medicine balls
Boxing room and cycling room
…Because working out does not require weights
More space on track for weight training
Overall, there just seems to be more space for however you choose to sweat!
There you have it – facts! Agree or disagree – Each facility has its own advantages. And if you have yet to experience one or both of them – I urge you to try it out! Bottom line is – it doesn’t really matter which one you go to, as long as you get your body moving!
Thanks for reading!