There are lots of things you find out as a freshman at Radford, one of them being what time the gyms in Muse and Peters Hall are most crowded. Well, Peters pretty much stays continuously packed from about 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. every single day. Trying to get on the treadmill is nearly impossible, so when someone does get off, it turns into the Hunger Games when two or more girls run to the treadmill at the exact same time. In addition to this, there is hardly any mat space to lift free weights.
For those of you who have never been to Peters, it is divided into two sections but with three different parts: the heavy weights, benches and machines in the middle, and two smaller cardio sections on the outside. The cardio sections contain several treadmills, elliptical machines and bikes, as well as a couple stair steppers.
Now take Muse, which is the opposite: heavy on the cardio machines and a smaller weight section, but a lot of mat space for lifting free weights or stretching.
Many students differentiate the gyms by saying that Muse is the girl’s gym because it has all the cardio machines and free weights, whereas Peters is the guy’s gym with all the heavy free weights. There are positives and negatives to both, of course.
The best time I found to go to the Muse gym is in the morning, around 8 a.m. If you get there before 10 a.m. it is very likely you won’t see more than 15 people working out with you. Most of us though will choose the second option, working out after class later in the day, as college students are not likely to be morning people. This isn’t a problem at Muse either, typically later in the day, after 4 p.m. Muse is a little less predictable than Peters when it comes to busy times, but it is your best bet for a good, uninterrupted workout.
As far as Peters goes, the only positive I can think of, being a girl, is the eye candy that is always so prevalent. Sometimes though, it is the closest gym to me when I’m on campus and let’s be honest, Muse is a hike from COBE if we’re speaking in Radford talk.
One thing students typically enjoy in Peters are the fitness classes they offer in the aerobics room. Although this is still relatively new to students, we have always had work out classes available, and RU has added a lot more classes and times to work with the student’s schedules. These workout classes have been around since I was a freshman here and seem to be quite popular among students. A really popular workout class that students enjoy is Crossfit.
This year they changed the name to Functional Fitness, but it is still taught by Renee and now another instructor named Foster.
Muse is the better of the two in my opinion because it has better hours and more of the amenities I look for in a gym, like cardio machines and free weights. However, Muse does lack a lot of machine weight lifting equipment. Another negative is that depending on the time, either afternoon or early evening, the kitchen will be making food. The thing about that is if the windows are open, which they usually are, you will be forced to succumb to the torturous smell of garlic mashed potatoes as you sweat your miserable life away on the elliptical. Avoiding the dinner and lunch rush smells is ideal for having the most enjoyable workout in Muse.