Throughout the year the trends of attendance at Ping Recreational Center increase and decrease. Based on the time of the day and year, attendance can be large.
Open 6:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, Ping Center offers a number of options for students including training machines such as treadmills, ellipticals and weight machines. The center also offers different group classes for free such as zumba, kickboxing, boot camp and spinning.
Each year, around 20,000 students return to Ohio University and can only access one gym for free given they pay tuition. Many have noticed the attendance level to be prone to fluctuate throughout the day and even the year. For example, from the hours of three to five in the afternoon, many students are present at the gym.
“The amount of students throughout the day definitely has hours of larger attendance,” Bradley Parks, Ping Equipment Desk Manager said. “We typically see a lot of students from three to ten at night.”
As the year goes on, the attendance levels become even more dramatic, according to Parks.
“The first two weeks of any semester always see a spike in the number of people at the gym,” Parks said. “With the start of a new school year in the fall and then New Years Resolutions in the spring semester students feel the need to be at the gym.
Parks also said attendance goes up close to spring break because many students are going on vacation.
When polling the audience on Twitter @girlvsgym, Girl vs. Gym asked how often students go to the gym per week and throughout the semester. The responses received were diverse.
“I don’t go to the gym often,” Erika Martinez, @errrrrrrrrika, tweeted. “Maybe a couple of times a month. And yes, I work out less towards the end of the semester.”
Others had a different experience.
“We don’t work out less. We work out more because of the season!” @OUWomensClubSoccer tweeted.
Some don’t go the gym at all.
“I go an impressive zero times (per week),” Camille Davis, @camiberryd, said. “If I had motivation it really falls.”
The lack of attendance at the gym throughout the semester could be attributed to they busy schedules students have. Many do not consider workout out to be equivalent to class or the big paper that is due coming up.
Students are also involved in extra curricular activities that can eat up more of their time. But in the beginning of the semester, there is a hope which leads students to believe that this semester will be different and that they will learn to make the time for a solid fitness schedule
“I think students work out less during the semester because they get stressed because of class,” Morgan Love, Ohio University sophomore said. “They probably work out more in the beginning because they want to avoid the stigma of the freshman fifteen.”