by Danielle Dorion 

Going to the gym can be daunting for all of us.  Everyone usually tells themselves that they don’t know what to do in the gym or they don’t have time. These are valid excuses. Our personal lives can simply get in the way.  With that being said, going to the gym is a personal choice.

Someone shouldn’t be going to the gym because they feel they need to or because someone else told them to. It should be a motivation for you to go to feel great afterwards and because you want to.  

Working out consistently can be difficult while you’re in college; however, I’ve made it a priority within my schedule over the past year.  I try to go at least four or five times a week. This is what I feel works for my body. Some people might feel the need to only go two or three times, and their routine could be completely different depending on what they want for their health and body.  

I feel my best when I’m regularly going to the gym with one or two days off. There are times when I feel stressed or I don’t feel like being in the gym. And that’s OK. Listening to your mind and body is extremely important too. Putting the gym in your calendar or within your schedule no matter what happens during the week, even if that’s two or three times, or even once, will definitely make it easier to keep going over time.

I don’t necessarily believe that there’s a ‘holy grail’ workout routine that everyone should be following in order to get in shape.  Working out is subjective. It can be done in many different ways. The workout routine below is what I did when I first started working out on a schedule. I would do this everyday.  My workout routine has changed quite a lot. Now it includes a focus on my arms and back. This simple and straightforward routine is great for beginners too.

Ab Circuit

Three different abdominal exercises repeated three times

  1. Crunches: 3 x 20

  2. Bicycle kicks: 3 x 40

  3. Leg Raises: 3 x 15-20

Legs and Booty

  1. Leg Press: 3 x 12, I began with 60-80 lbs

  2. Squats on the Smith Machine: 3 x 12,  I began with 50 lbs

  3. Leg curl- Hamstrings: 3 x 12,  I began with 30 lbs

Optional cardio

  1. Running one mile on the treadmill

The SUNY New Paltz Gym Schedule is available here.


A version of this post originally appeared in “Tenacity” The Teller October 2019 Issue #7

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