Gregory Gym has Perks that Please

A student swims in the indoor lap pool at Gregory Gym.

Photo Credit: Clara Patt

Your UT tuition pays for a multitude of perks exclusive to students at Gregory Gym through the Division of Recreational Sports, ranging from massages and personal training to trips and athletic classes, all at discounted rates. According to Associate Director of RecSports Jennifer Speer, 91 percent of students participate in some aspect of RecSports, and an average of 10,000 people come to Gregory Gym on a daily basis.

“There aren't a lot of areas that aren't used,” Speer said. ”I think we often hear that students don’t realize everything we have.”

Well, Longhorn Life has put together a list of what Gregory and RecSports has to offer that’s commonly overlooked.

Rentals

Thinking of going camping? Rent everything you need from the gym — whether its tents and sleeping bags or propane stoves and lanterns, Gregory’s got it. If you’re going climbing, you can pick up both climbing shoes and a crash mat, in case things go downhill. For students who just need some cones, practice jerseys or basketballs, everything someone would need for a pick-up a game is located in the gym and can be checked out for over a week.

Adventure Trips

Trips like backpacking in Yosemite National Park in California to Whitewater rafting the Colorado can be purchased through RecSports Adventure Trips, a program that sets up trips around the country exclusively for UT students. Along with these extended travels, UT offers day and weekend trips as well, in places such as Lost Maples and Enchanted Rock state parks to introduce students to backpacking and rock climbing.

Texercise 

A Texercise pass for the spring allows semester-long access to a variety of classes at different times meant to fit into your schedule. A multitude of classes are offered daily, ranging from yoga, Zumba and kickboxing to Piloxing (Pilates and boxing) and body conditioning. Classes start as early as 6:30 a.m. and go as late as 9 p.m., with at least 131 group classes available weekly. 

Personal Training

Not only can you sign up for personal training bootcamps at Gregory, but you can sign up with a friend or even in groups if one-on-one isn’t for you. Purchasing personal training sessions in groups also makes the sessions less costly per person. If you or your friends are not enough motivation to get yourself to where you want to be, a certified personal trainer from Gregory can help you get there.

Massages

One of the best ways for a healthy pick-me-up at the end of the day or between classes is the variety of massages offered at the gym. When booking online or on-site, you can choose between a chair or table massage and even add hot stones. Other add-ons include aroma therapy, deep tissue massage, a hot towel, as well as hand and foot treatments. If you don’t want to make the walk over to the gym, the massage therapist can come to you. You can set up one-hour mobile massages for the same rates as in-house.

Rock Wall 

You see it every time walking into Gregory, but might not have ever got to using it. The gym offers students day passes for bouldering — climbing without a harness — while also offering climbing classes in the evening. To advance to higher-level courses, such as Rock 301, you have to successfully complete the prerequisite classes.

These suggestions gloss the surface of what RecSports and Gregory Gym itself has to offer students. Since not all students take full advantage of these perks, the more you use them the more you get your tuition’s worth.