Not an average workout: Making excercise fun again

Back to school means back to classes, stress and eating way too many foods that require only three minutes in a microwave. While unhealthy living is an all too often chosen lifestyle for many college students, Lynchburg offers a variety of different workout options for people looking to get physically fit.

Get Healthy — Going to the gym is just one of the many options Lynchburg residents have if they are looking for a place to get fit. Photo credit:

James River Float Company

122 Rocky Hill Road
Madison Heights,Va., 4572 www.jamesriverfloat
Located right outside of downtown Lynchburg, the James River Float Company offers those looking for a different workout experience the chance to participate in water sports, such as canoeing and kayaking. Not only is this a great way to spend time with friends, but college students also receive a 15 percent discount.
“It’s a good upper body and core workout so you’re not just enjoying nature and your friends but you’re also getting more of a workout than you realize,” office manager Rebecca Waggoner said.

Bikram Yoga

1314 Jefferson St.
2nd Floor
Lynchburg, Va., 24504
(434) 846-2028
Tired of the same old downward facing dog, salutation to the sun yoga routine? Then Bikram Yoga might be something worth trying. What sets this apart from other types of yoga is not only the poses, which are traditional hatha yoga postures, but the setting. All of the workouts take place in a room 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity.
Student discounts are available and classes are available seven days a week at varying times.

Rise Up Climbing

1225 Church St.
Lynchburg Va., 24502
(434) 845-7625

Stepping into Rise Up Climbing is like stepping into a different world. Located in downtown Lynchburg, the indoor rock climbing gym offers people the chance to let out their inner outdoorsman as they climb walls as high as 40 feet. Drew Jackson, a Rise Up employee, has been climbing for six years and says that Rise Up is definitely beginner friendly.
“There’s tons of beginners and people of all skill levels here,” Jackson said. “We also offer lots of different classes for developing different skills.”

Peaks View Park

170 Ivy Creek Dr.
Lynchburg, Va., 24502
(434) 455-5858

According to the City of Lynchburg’s website, Peaks View Park is the second largest park in the Hill City and offers everything from tennis, volleyball, disc golf and basketball courts, to several trails.

LaHaye Student Union

(434) 592-3148
Conveniently located at Green Hall, the LaHaye Student Union offers resident students the ability to exercise on their choice of treadmills, ellipticals, rowers and numerous other pieces of equipment. Basketball courts, an indoor climbing wall and 25yard lane swimming pool, along with numerous exercise classes including Pilates, cycling and Zumba make this a great place to go for a workout.

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