One perk of the MBA program is the access you get to facilities around campus. I’m getting pretty familiar with the Eppley Recreation Center. Eppley is a great place to exercise, it features an Olympic sized pool, racquetball and squash courts, a two story weight room, a track, and a fitness room with treadmills and elliptical machines inside. Outside, there is another pool, a climbing wall, and a ropes course (which you’ll be getting familiar with at orientation).
I have used the weight room a few times and today I’m going to check out the pool. No matter what you like to do, I would recommend taking advantage of your access to Eppley. The MBA program can be very stressful at times, and squeezing in a workout gives you the energy you’ll need to power through PowerPoint (and Excel, lots of Excel).
Also, you’ll be spending a lot of time in Van Munching Hall, and when you aren’t there you’ll be at team members’ houses, conferences, and interviews. It is fun to live on the go, but your eating habits will change to accommodate this lifestyle. Working out will keep you in shape when you’re eating more of your meals out than you were before.
If you come to the Smith School and make use of Eppley, you won’t be alone. On average, 4,500 students and faculty work out at Eppley each day. Thankfully, at 230,000 square feet, the center is large enough to accommodate everyone. I’ve never had to wait for a treadmill, and most of the time there is a bench open in the weight room.