New Year, New U


It’s January—are your resolutions for fitness goals intact? If your regimen could use a few more reps, remember that the UW-Madison campus is the perfect place to exercise your body and mind. (And, it’s right in our backyard!) Whether you’re a resident or visitor, student or parent, take advantage of these top 10 ways to work out in 2017.

#1: Build your stamina on Bascom. The famous Bascom Hill, home to the hall of the same name, provides the perfect interval in your running route. The hill itself is 850 feet long, and the change in elevation from Park Street at its base, to the Abe Lincoln statue near its crest, is 86 feet. Enough said.

#2 and 3: Swim at the SERF or NAT: The South East Recreational Facility (“SERF” for short) pool has 16, 25-yard lanes that can be configured for water walking, fitness classes and water basketball. The historic Natatorium (referred to as “The Nat”) has 8, 25-yard lanes for water activities plus spring diving boards. Learn more about membership and daily pass info.

#4: Go climbing. The Sett at Union South as a two-story climbing and one-story bouldering wall with frequently changing routes to keep things challenging. And daily rates are just $5.25!

#5: Go back to class. Whether or not you ever attended the UW, it’s not too late to add it to your resume. From learning a new language to making music, there are nearly 400 personal enrichment programs per year to explore through UW’s Continuing Studies department.

#6: Go with the flow. The Mind-Body Studio program offers yoga and Pilates classes that have limited enrollment to maximize individualized attention. Classes are offered to students, affiliates and Rec Sports members.

#7: Skate at the Shell: Camp Randall is well-known in the sports world, but the Camp Randall Sports Center (referred to as “The Shell”) is more of a hidden gem of a gym. It’s a place where you can ice skate, run, row or take advantage of more than 60 pieces of cardio equipment.

#8: Save your spot at Bucky’s Workout. This end-of-the-school-year-session is your chance to get on the field at Camp Randall as part of an hour-long, group exercise session led by Bucky and Rec Sports instructors! Details for 2017 are TBA, but you can read about last year’s event here.

#9: Mark your summer schedule for Sunrise Yoga. This 4-week class is part of the Mind-Body Studio series, and takes place in the gorgeous Allen Centennial Gardens.

#10: Night cap with a night class. Students who want to learn, study and test on a nontraditional schedule can register for Independent Learning courses arranged through UW–Extension. A wide range of online courses have been developed by UW faculty, and can be started at any time.