Alan and Kate took a little field trip to the gym and paint-embellished our images. All joking aside, the gym suits all our basic, workout needs. This year, the gym bought all new cardio machines by “True Fitness,” which include treadmills, elliptical machines, a stair master, and two types of bikes. We also have a rowing machine. There are weight machines, a weight room with mats and stationary workout benches, as well as a TV for workout videos. Upstairs there is a yoga studio. The sauna is a major perk of our gym.
While we don’t have trainers, we do have regular programming around different exercises, like zumba and yoga. As well as an extensive collection of workout DVDs (the proudest moment of my education was when I outdid Liam at p90x Plyo).
From mid-February to April 16th, there were 2,535 student gym visits. Is that a lot? You decide. We have how many students here? like 700ish? Anyway, we got these numbers from a house competition where all houses compete to see who visits the gym the most. Win Meyer Rec Barn apparel specially designed for your house!
Students find ways to exercise from classes to the gym to physical activity outside. There are dance classes each term that offer yoga (check out this class), and the Meyer Rec Barn offers yoga classes, too. The school just purchased new exercise equipment, specifically some great new elliptical machines and treadmills.
For swimming, the Bennington Rec Center in town has a pool, and when I was going regularly a couple terms ago, I was surprised to see how many Bennington students were also there.
Whatever gets your blood flowing, there will be other students around you who are into the same activity. When the weather is somewhat warmer than it is now, we flock outside to walk, hike, run, play soccer, basketball, or tennis.
-Kate D. ‘14
Of course! Funnily enough, the Rec Barn is so tucked away on campus that I’ve known people who have gone to Bennington for all 4 years of college and wouldn’t know what it looks like in their senior year.
That’s not to say it’s not worth the walk. Far from the truth. It’s got everything you could ask for in, say, a Gold’s Gym or Planet Fitness, except for the $7 Power Shakes. One of my favorite perks is when friends of mine work the desk and DJ while people work out. [shout out to Carlos ‘14] Here are some pictures taken last year.
As for Crossett, well, it’s not so easy to miss.
Crossett is also host to many too-comfortable chairs and warm blankets (provided by librarians for those extra cold days), and they’ll watch your pet fish over Field Work Term, and order pretty much any book, publication, series, VHS, article…basically, anything you could need for your final paper or weekend movie marathon. For more information on Crossett, take a look at the Crossett Blog, run in part by current senior Clara Rotter-Laitman ‘14.
Hey fellow athlete! First, we do have athletics, we even have our own athletic department, Bennington Athletic Department (BAD -a poor acronym, I know) We do have a gym, the Rec Barn, which has what you would expect from a typical gym: weight machines, free weights, ellipticals, treadmills etc. There is also a climbing wall and a sauna. I would say the gym is pretty popular on campus, while you probably won’t find the next Heisman Trophy winner there, the gym isn’t empty.
The main difference between athletics here and at another school is competition. Most athletics here are intramural or pick-up games. People wanting to play for the fun of it. There is also a significant outdoor portion to BAD. The outdoor and climbing clubs run trips and gear rentals for individual trips.
I run the swimming club which is a club within BAD. The way that I run it is that I go swimming most everyday and if anyone wants to join they are welcome to. I know that volleyball is much the same way, there are pick-up games at specified times during the week and people join.
There are some sports that do compete against other schools such as soccer, basketball, and fencing.
If you want to talk more about athletics feel free to email me email@example.com I would love to talk about being active on campus and beyond.
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No. Unfortunately all 3am workouts have to happen elsewhere. I always find runs in the middle of all nighters stimulate the brain.
During the term the rec barn hours are something like 630 am - 10 pm during the week, and slightly less during the weekend. Cause honestly, who gets up and works out on a saturday morning.
Over the summer it’s open less, but there aren’t many of us here to use it, so it all works out.
Here's the official scoop from the website.
We have intercollegiate soccer and fencing teams.
We have pick up games in various sports including dodgeball (I would just like to mention that my team came in second place in the league this spring), volleyball, basketball and tennis.
We have the Meyer Rec Barn, which has a full assortment of weight and elliptical machines as well as aerobics rooms where we offer yoga, Pilates and Zumba classes. It also has a pretty fly climbing wall and a sweet sweet sauna.
We have Outdoor tennis and basketball courts and a soccer field.
And we have some of the best skiing and hiking in the Northeast just down the street so to speak.