Friday, September 09, 2005

BYU is the fittest school?

The magazine Men's Fitness has apparently named BYU as the fittest college campus. I don't know if requiring a phys-ed class to graduate necessarily makes a campus fit, but I was surprised at the large percentage of students that participated in intramural sports. I wish my alma mater had more stuff like that.

8 comments:

Clark Goble said...

The BYU area has a lot of gyms too. There are three Gold's Gyms in the area, including the largest in the country. Then there is a very large 24 Hour Fitness (which I go to). Then there are all the other sports people regularly do here: climbing, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and so forth. All typically available within 5 minutes of campus.

Of course since I got married I joined the great flabby American crusade. Trying to get back in shape...

Geoff J said...

Oddly, when I visited the campus this Spring for the first time since I graduated in '94 I remember thinking "the students seem fatter and uglier than I remembered..." Maybe I just passed through at the wrong time of day...

Tess said...

My favorite comment was from the guy working out in order to attract a wife. I'm sure college campuses across the country are laughing at that one. A girlfriend, yes, but a wife?! :)

BYU is a different universe, but glad to hear they're promoting health and fitness. Go, Cougars!

Clark Goble said...

I think that some of the changes in the 90's meant that "more scholastically inclined" people came to BYU. However UVSC is here.

But you really have to go to other colleges to see the bloating of America. (Not that I can talk at the moment - I was 174 two an a half years ago...)

SRA said...

Yeah, it's pretty common knowledge that there are plenty of gyms in the Orem-Provo area. I applied to work at the 24 Hour Fitness today, in fact. But yes...it isn't all about the school itself...often, it is a function of the students' interest in exercise & their willingness to put down cash for gym memberships that makes a college town more or less fitness-oriented. Having gone to a school that tended toward the "more" side, I can also say that it has to do with wanting to look attractive to the opposite sex. Which may contribute to why BYU is the fittest school...it being the happy marriage hunting ground, after all. *snicker* ~~

a random John said...

I didn't see Stanford on the list, which is odd because there are almost zero fat people at Stanford... This is a nice recognition of BYU though. Always good to have something that is universally considered positive show up in the national news. Good job zoobies!

Tess said...

Ned - thanks for your comment on T&S. I completely agree with you

NFlanders said...

Tess, I'm glad someone agrees (besides Steve, but then he always agrees with me); the thread turned out worse than I thought it would.

If the same post had been on M*, then I wouldn't have bothered. Unfortunately, I think Times & Seasons is slowly sinking to that level.

It's probably not fair to them, but as the flagship Mormon blog, I wish they'd try to do better, or at least be bad less offensively.