Carnegie Mellon provides outlets for students to get involved in fitness

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Carnegie Mellon’s athletics department offers numerous ways to stay in shape: get involved with students of different majors, ages, and backgrounds, and enjoy recreational activities: 17 varsity sports, at least 20 club teams, over 40 intramural sports, more than 15 fitness courses, and over 30 physical education courses.

While first-years settle into their new college life, the varsity programs start pre-season training during the week of orientation, and the teams prepare for competition the first week of classes. Varsity teams compete in the University Athletic Association (UAA), which includes Brandeis University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, the University of Chicago, the University of Rochester, and Washington University in St. Louis. Introduced in 2007, Scottie the Scottish terrier was named the official mascot of Carnegie Mellon, but students and athletes are still called Tartans.

Even if you were not recruited for a sports team, you can still exercise and develop a healthy lifestyle in a new environment. Adjusting to Carnegie Mellon life with a new home, new friends, new classes, and the experience of being away from the familiar can be challenging to many, but staying fit helps maintain a healthy level of activity and energy, will improve concentration and academic consistency, and can provide an outlet for anxiety. Endorphins are the best cure for everyday stress.

If you want to get involved in athletic life at Carnegie Mellon, there are several options other than varsity sports, including club and intramural competition, as well as taking advantage of the athletics facilities, fitness classes, and physical education courses. The place to start is Student Health Services, where students can get information about better nutrition and how to adapt to campus food offerings. Creating a healthy meal plan will allow you to partake in athletic activities and maintain a healthy status.

Carnegie Mellon seeks ways to improve fitness and wellness on campus and thus provides a weightlifting room in Skibo Gym and on the second floor of the UC, along with two cardio rooms in the UC — also on the second floor — and one in Resnik Hall above the Carnegie Café. There are ellipticals, bikes, and treadmills to keep your endorphins pumping.

Gesling Stadium is available to the entire student body during the times that varsity teams are not using the facility. The UC Equipment Desk, with access to the UC gym facilities as well as tennis and squash courts and Wiegand Gym, is open 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m to 2 a.m. on weekends. Skibo Gym is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends.

Fitness classes offer opportunities to exercise in groups and enjoy the attention and motivation necessary to stay with a workout routine. Classes include abdominal sessions, dance, body sculpting, spinning, yoga, and pilates. A complete list of fitness classes will be provided on

If group classes interest you and you would like to get academic credit as well, there are three-unit mini courses offered for either the first or second half of each semester that can be taken pass/fail. There are also more than 30 courses designed for all skill levels, including personal fitness, racquetball, weight training, karate, aerobic fitness, and yoga, as well as courses for American Red Cross certification, first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). For the complete list, look at

Additionally, for those with more of a competitive edge looking for a light commitment, intramurals provide a way to stay in shape and stay on track academically. If interested, stop by the Intramural (IM) Office in Skibo Gym, which is located on the second floor, first office on the right. The program provides recreation for 6000 students of all athletic skill levels. There are over 40 indoor and outdoor sports offered. Intramural sports include flag football, tennis, golf, water polo, chess, soccer, bowling, table tennis, darts, and floor hockey, among numerous other options. Check out the website to get the complete list of fall intramural sport offerings.

There are over 20 club sports available, including crew, lacrosse, ice hockey, ultimate frisbee, baseball, soccer, rugby, badminton, and fencing. The Explorers Club also participates in many other activities. Contact coaches and captains to get more information about joining the squads. For names and numbers, refer to the website mentioned above.

Throughout the year, the Carnegie Mellon athletics department offers opportunities to learn more about fitness and wellness, and The Tartan will continue to provide key information throughout the year to help lead a healthy lifestyle.

In addition to improving your own fitness, supporting the Carnegie Mellon athletic programs at all levels is a great way to get involved, such as joining the Carnegie Clan, an organization that brings school spirit to the stands. Cheer on the Tartans as they head into a new year of fiery competition.