Joseph Kaiser | Staff Writer

Another summer has come and gone

Photo by Jesse Lo
Photo by Jesse Lo

leaving in its wake fond memories of beautiful weather, beach days, and schedules that were open. With school upon students once again and the workload of classes bearing down, many things that were once valued this summer, sleeping 12 hours a day,  just don’t get the time of day anymore. While school and homework should be a priority in students’ lives right now, there are other things that time should be made for, namely, working out. Some thoughts that may be occurring now may be, “Exercise? Ain’t nobody got time for that”, or the, “I want to but I hate getting sweaty” crap.

However, exercise is important because it helps to improve overall health. As Chris Yahnke, the new head of intramurals, so perfectly put it, “You need your brain time and health time as well.” Exercise can help give that energy boost on those dragging feet through the halls days. Or that pick me up on one of those feeling blue days, in fact, hitting the gym or the road is so effective at increasing chemicals in the brain that make create good feelings, endorphins, that in some instances exercise is more powerful than anti-depressants in relieving depression.

Photo by Jesse Lo
Photo by Jesse Lo

While indeed it is hard to find the time to stay in shape during the school year, there is no need to run from class to class to squeeze it in. No, luckily there are plenty of ways here at century to get in a good pump. For those who like to have fun and get their exercise through a friendly sports based agenda check out the intramurals. As of this year there is a new head of intramurals at Century, Chris Yahnke, and as new and fresh as Yahnke is, are his ways of operating in his new position. One of his goals is that intramurals are, “accessible to all types of abilities and skill levels”. The atmosphere at these gatherings ranges from easy going, to more competitive based on the sports and leagues.

This year intramurals offers more than just open gym and pick-up games, now student created teams now have the chance to compete in a number of sports. Volleyball and basketball offered the students a chance to round up some buddies and face off against other teams of three and six respectively. While badminton provided opportunity for students to go head to head with other students in one versus one matches. Yahnke also has some great plans for the winter season, with league of legends and ping pong tournaments to name a few. To get in on the fun one needs only to sign up. This is done online by going to the century website, clicking on the student life tab then clicking on intramurals. For those curious to learn more about intramurals pop in and see Chris anytime, his office is W1213.

For the more serene there is the wood duck trail, where one can immerse themselves in the tranquil beauty of the woods around century via a winding blacktop bike path, which is a great place for walkers, runners or even a couple of friends to walk and chat. The trail is especially beautiful in the fall when it is flooded with trees changing colors. For those on west campus for most of the day the trail is ideal for it starts just outside the doors closest to the weight room entrance.

Photo by Jesse Lo
Photo by Jesse Lo

For the lifters here at century there is a weight room featuring state of the art equipment such as machines for every muscle group imaginable, and a large selection of free weights to accommodate all types of lifters. Just grab a duffel bag, throw in an extra set of clothes and hit the gym. It’s especially convenient for those who have an awkward two to three hour gap between classes. Be proactive! Might as well do something with that time other than aimlessly surf the web.

The weight room also rents locks and towels for free (only catch is you need your student ID) to keep valuables of lifters safe, and to help dry off after showering away the stank of a post workout. Though it’s called the weight room it features more than just weights, the weight room also houses a huge selection of machines for cardio athletes of all types. Check out the ultra-cool curve treadmill- a curved, self-powered treadmill that’s great for sprinting, and actually fun to run on! The weight room at century is unique in the sense that it is conveniently divided in two halves, one being for cardio, the other for weight lifting.

While it is agreed that it is hard to find time to do, really anything one wants to during the school year, let alone working out, it is important none the less. It really does give an energy boost and doubles as a great pick me up or stress reliever. Even for those who have no interest in getting in shape, the intramurals offer the opportunity to have fun and to meet and compete with new people. Give it a try, you never know what may come out of it.