Gyms / Working Out / Eating Healthy


On the plus side, the gym on campus is totally acceptable for a good workout and has a variety of cardio equipment (treadmills, stationary bikes, rowing machines, ellipticals, etc.), weights (weight machines and free weights), a basketball court, squash courts, pool and track. There are also a variety of classes offered (some free, some for a fee)…but check out the website closer to August to get current information.

However, the gym is often VERY crowded and you may have to wait for access to some machines if you go during peak hours (usually around 6pm).

If the campus gym is not for you, check out these suggestions from one of the Presidents of the ‘Healthy Living Club’ at CBS: Jivamukti yoga, Physique 57, the Barre Method, Core Fusion at Exhale Spa, Barry’s Boot Camp, Fly Wheel and Soul Cycle.

There is also the option of  spontaneously deciding to join or propose a sports game or group fitness activity via “Sportaneous”.  Sportaneous is a free iPhone app and website ( that enables people to easily find and propose pick-up sports games and group fitness activities (yoga, boot camps, etc.) through its mobile app, website, and network.  Support this CBS startup founded by Omar Haroun (Class of 2012) and get active with other members of the Columbia community!


Several gyms around town also offer discounts / preferred rates to Columbia students, check ’em out below:

New York Health & Racquet Club (NYHRC) is a full-service health club with fantastic amenities including over 600 weekly classes, racquetball, basketball and squash courts, state-of-the-art equipment, pools and spa facilities, personal training, babysitting and much more.

NYHRC is offering Columbia faculty and staff a discounted membership of $75/month (approximately 40% of regular price memberships), with no initiation fee. A 6-month commitment is required.  The membership includes access to all NYHRC club locations and all classes.  One family member/partner is eligible to join as part of your membership (no minors).

Stop by the Work/Life office in the North Gallery (balcony behind the statues) on the 4th floor of Low Library to request a free one-week membership to try the facilities. Enroll online using your email. For more information, please contact NYHRC representative Amanda Petty at  (212) 220-0778.

New York Sports Club (NYSC) offers Columbia faculty and staff a discounted Full Passport Membership at the rate of $72.95/month + one time enrollment fees ($59 joining fee + $20 processing fee. The joining fee may be reduced based on monthly promotions). All memberships are for one year and continue monthly thereafter.

This is approximately 18% off of the regular monthly membership price with less enrollment fees.  Enroll online using your email or by calling (800) 611-9833.  This rate is available to spouses and domestic partners.  Existing Members may switch to the Columbia rate for a one-time fee of $39.

Membership includes full access to over 160 clubs at any time.  NYSC is a full-service health club offering an array of group exercise classes, state-of-the art equipment, Xpressline, racquets sports and swimming pools *, Sports Clubs for kids and babysitting *, locker rooms, amenities, and more.  * Services not available at all locations.

Please note this rate is not available at individual clubs.  Download this free one-week membership to try the facilities.   For questions, contact NYSC Representative, Melynda Egenberg at (917) 351-6680 x 1041.

The Sports Club / LA offers Columbia faculty and staff preferred rates at the Rockfeller Center location, on “Access East” memberships (for all clubs on the east coast including the Sports Club / LA on the Upper East Side and the Reebok Sports Club / NY), and on bi-coastal and executive memberships. For more information, please contact Membership Director Craig Baum at (212) 218-8600.

In terms of additional resources, there are a variety of on campus clubs that you can join that offer opportunties to stay in shape. These include:

  • Healthy Living Club (offers free weekly yoga, among other activities)
  • Running Club (typically have weekend runs through Central Park)
  • Rugby Club (Men’s and Women’s Teams)
  • Football (Soccer Club)
  • Basketball Club
  • Golf Club
  • Volleyball Club
  • Tennis Club
  • Squash Club
  • Sailing Club
  • Snow Sports Club
  • Surf Club
  • Badminton Club
Your PAs also encourage you to check out the amazing parks in NYC: 


It can be a bit of a challenge to eat healthy while at CBS, especially with all of the free (unhealthy) food provided at recruiting events. However, you can check out the following resources recommended by the Healthy Living Club and your PAs.


One response to “Gyms / Working Out / Eating Healthy

  1. If you work out but you keep eating fast food or fried food, you will get more weight instead of losing weight. You should integrate working out and eating healthy food in order to get in shape and have a better health.

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