A big part of any college student’s life is staying healthy. Whether you want to get “swole” or just counteract all that dining hall cereal you’ve been eating (for every meal), it’s important to have options for working out so it doesn’t get boring or expensive. There are plenty of places, inside and out, where you can get your sweat on downtown and still save a buck.

George Street Fitness Center

50 George St.
(843) 953-3899

Starting with the basics — the on-campus gym is the freest gym you have access to. It’s usually packed when school is in session, so try going at off times for maximum machine availability. And remember, the real world doesn’t come with a free membership, so take advantage.

Ravenel Bridge

Take your workout outdoors and bike or run this 2.5 mile (5 mile round trip) monstrosity to get that cardio in. The uphill aspect of the bridge is reminiscent of a mountain, and you’ll definitely feel it the next day. At the end of the Mt. Pleasant side lies the pier under the bridge, which offers some gorgeous sunset views.

Hampton Park

30 Mary Murray Dr.
(843) 724-7324

A bit out of the way from campus, you’ll get some cardio in just getting to Hampton Park. Once you’re there, use the 1 mile track looping around the park, punctuated with outdoor fitness stations every .2 miles. You can bring your Eno hammock and chill between the trees once your sweat sesh is over.

Affordabike group rides

573 King St.
(843) 789-3281

Affordabike hosts monthly group rides on Fridays at 6:30 p.m., offering an easy way to get your bike on while meeting people and riding your way around downtown. The best views can be seen on two wheels, and an added bonus is the free pizza and beer available back at the shop when you’re done riding. Bike rentals are free for these events if you don’t have one of your own.

Charleston Power Yoga

557 King St.
(843) 513-3400

With your student ID, your first class at CPY is free. After that, hit the community classes every Friday at 4:15 p.m. — admission is free, but make sure to get there early to secure a spot, as it fills up quickly.

Physical education class at CofC

CofC has a pretty extensive list of physical education classes, from aerobics, to couch-to-5k, to surfing. Students can get fit in an easy and fun setting and most likely secure an easy A, all included in tuition.

Swim laps at the MLK Pool

155 Jackson St.
(843) 724-7346

CofC may not have a pool on campus anymore, but that can’t stop you from going for a nice aquatic workout. From 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Saturdays, the MLK Pool is open for lap swimming. With your student ID, it’s only $2 for a day pass to the pool, so you can stick around after lap swimming for a leisurely dip during open rec swim hours.

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