I’ll be the first to admit that getting to the gym during grad school is no easy task. The last thing I want to do is work out after I finish class at 5:30, and then realize I have 200 pages of reading and a blog post to write. Not to mention the $60/month price tag that most gym memberships in the city come with. Put simply, finding the time and energy to stay active as a student is a challenge.
Lucky for us, Harvard makes that challenge a little easier. For ~$150, HGSE students can purchase a gym membership to 4 of Harvard’s gyms for the academic year. That’s roughly $15/month for access to FOUR GYMS, a.k.a. “a great deal.” All of the gyms included are in the Harvard Square area: Hemenway Gym (Harvard Law School campus), the Malkin Center (near Harvard Yard), the Murr Center (Harvard Business School campus), and the Quadrangle Center (northwest of Harvard Sq.).
Between these four gyms, I’ve found everything I could hope for in a workout center – bikes, ellipticals, free weights, machines, tennis courts, swimming pools, basketball courts, you name it. Most of the gyms offer free day locker service, too. For the past month or so, I’ve been going to the Murr and Malkin Centers regularly, and have been thoroughly pleased with them. I lift weights, but I primarily go to play basketball, and there’s almost always a pick-up game to join.
Oh, and did I mention that unlimited exercise classes are included with the student membership? Cardio dance, total body conditioning, yoga, and more. I haven’t been to one yet, but I’ve heard good things.
In conclusion, staying fit while at Harvard is more convenient than you might think. It still takes dedication and good time-management, but the Harvard gyms are a solid choice for proximity and a good value. Check ’em out for yourself here.
P.S. Just so you know, I did, in fact, make it to the gym today.