Volume 92, Issue 6

Friday, September 11, 1998

oshfrosh b'gosh


Playing games and getting pumped

Luke Rundle/Graphics Editor

By Ciara Rickard
Focus Editor

Sitting still and reading all afternoon can instill a bad case of boredom in any student. Many physicians as well as your mother will tell you a little exercise and fresh air is always good for you. There are numerous ways to limber up and clear your mind around campus and the city. You just have to be motivated enough to get to them.

Campus Recreation – Room 67, lower level, University Community Centre

Western has been blessed with outstanding recreational facilities and all students can take advantage of them.

A drop-in program allows instant access to over 70 aerobics classes a week, pool facilities for swimming or aquabics, a cardio room, 35 stations with stairclimbers, lifecycles, treadmills and rowing machines as well as a range of machine weights and free weights.

Students can stop by and have a game of basketball, volleyball, badminton or take advantage of the squash courts. There are also all kinds of lessons and courses available to hone your athletic prowess. Only $66.59 of the student activity fee goes towards use of campus rec – much cheaper than any regular fitness club.

The Athletic Club – 755 Wonderland Rd. (one block north of Oxford St.)

The Athletic Club offers 37,000 square feet for you to get those buns of steel and shed the flab gained after all-night study binges.

Primarily cardiovascular and weight training equiptment are available, as well as a ladies-only training area, aerobics studio with over forty classes a week, private lockers, private showers and steam saunas. They also offer yoga, boxercise, step classes and, at extra cost, tanning facilities and nutrition programs. Membership fees are $299 for eight months or $29.95 per month (based on a one-year commitment).

The Running Room – 620 Richmond St.

Apart from being a store offering all your running apparel needs, The Running Room offers a club that meets four times a week for all levels of runners.

"We also offer clinics," says Guy Schlutz of The Running Room. "They run from 10 to 16 weeks and cost $60 each," he adds. If you want to join the club, you only have to show up ready to run on Wednesday or Thursday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 9 a.m. or Sunday at 8 a.m. as often as you please.

The Adventure Connection – 576 Grosvenor St.

The Adventure Connection is primarily an indoor climbing gym. However, climbing and kayaking trips and various courses are also available.

As well, between June and November, groups are taken for weekend camping/climbing trips. They're open from noon until 10 pm weekdays and 10 am until 10 pm weekends and you can climb 'till your heart's content with a $10 all-day pass.

The London Ski Club – 689 Griffith (in Byron, just outside the city)

The London Ski Club at Boler Mountain not only offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing during the winter season, but also mountain biking through spring, summer and fall.

A trail system geared towards all levels of experience is available, at four dollars a ticket, until October, says Tim Oliver, staff member at the club. The ski season begins around the second or third week of December; lift tickets are $23 per day and tubing is $10 for two hours.

Thames Valley Golf Course – 850 Sunninghill

Golf – it's not just for doctors any more. And there's a place where you can practice your game not far from Western Thames Valley Golf Course offers the standard 18-hole golf experience for $23 per game and $15 for 9 holes.

Spikes – 120 Weston St.

Ever long for those summer days of playing volleyball on the beach? Well, go for the next best thing. Spikes has three indoor beach volleyball courts with a licensed bar and restaurant. Courts can be rented for $45 per hour and music is provided to accompany your play, says Earl Misener, president of Spikes.

Brunswick Huron Bowl – 1062 Adelaide St. N.

Bowling is a great fallback plan for an evening out or just a fun activity that's cheaper than hitting the bars. "We are the original Cosmic Bowling," says Jim Ross, manager of Brunswick Huron Bowl. Cosmic bowling is just bowling with the lights turned down, the music turned up and black light turned on to make everything glow. There are 32 lanes of 10-pin bowling and it costs $3.80 per game.

Laserquest – 149 Carling St. (one block north of Dundas St. off of Richmond St.)

Looking for a high energy, fast paced game? Try laser tag at Laserquest. It's seven dollars per person or six dollars if you have a group of 10 or more. They recommend reservations so give them a call at 660-6000.

Links – Masonville Mall (Richmond St. and Fanshawe Park Rd.)

Minigolf – it's cheesy and tacky, but it's fun and it's right down the road on the lower level of Masonville Mall. It's only four dollars per game for students and they're open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

London Equestrian & Training Centre – 1445 Gainsborough Rd.

For all you addicted equestrians, you can feed your habit right here in town at the London Equestrian & Training Centre. Located only 10 km away from campus, they offer boarding for horses and lessons at $25 per lesson.

To Contact The Arts and Entertainment Department: gazette.entertainment@julian.uwo.ca

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