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A student’s guide to fitness facilities at LC

Staying fit and getting regular exercise can be a challenge for some, especially with the stresses of academic and extracurricular commitments. Lewis & Clark, however, provides easy access to exercise locations on and around campus. Whether you want to run or lift weights, these are the options available to you.

Pamplin Weight Room & Fitness Center: The Pamplin Weight Room & Fitness Center, located in the Pamplin Sports Center, is over 3,600 square feet of gains. Equipment in the weight room includes Olympic-style free weights, cardio machines, selectorized machines and free weights. It also features elliptical machines, treadmills, stair climbers and stationary bikes. Medicine balls, physio balls and fitness mats are also available. Additionally, there are ellipticals outside the weight room that are always available. The weight room is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with the exception of Monday and Wednesday when it is closed between 10:20 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. On Friday, the weight room is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  and on Saturday and Sunday, it s open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tryon Creek State Natural Area: A gem of Palatine Hill, Tryon Creek State Natural Area is a beautiful state park located just south of the LC Law School campus, between Southwest Boones Ferry Road and Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard. The park, informally known as “Tryon,” contains 8 miles of hiking trails, 3.5 miles of horse trails, a 3-mile paved bicycle trail, a paved “all abilities trail,” 8 bridges and a wetland boardwalk. Running, walking, jogging, hiking and horseback riding are all possible in Tryon. Within minutes of entering Tryon, it feels more like a forest than it does a suburban neighborhood of Southwest Portland. Tryon is the perfect place to recalibrate in nature to take your mind off of your busy academic life. Tryon officially opens every day at 7 a.m. and closes between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., depending on the season. Regardless of the time, keep track of the sunset when venturing out in the late afternoon, and watch out for cougars!

Stewart Gym: The Stewart Gym, located in the basement of Stewart Hall, is a relatively small gym compared to the Pamplin Weight Room. It boasts treadmills, weights, elliptical machines and a pool table. If you want a more relaxed experience than the weight room, Stewart is the place for you, but do keep in mind there is a limited amount of exercise equipment. Card access for the Stewart-Odell-Akin (SOA) complex is necessary to enter the building, so if you do not live in SOA, find friends who do!
Eldon Fix Track: The Eldon Fix Track is another great location to walk, jog or run. Part of Griswold Stadium, the track is an ideal locale for those inclined to turn left. The practice schedule for the track is posted right next to the track, adjacent to Pamplin. Otherwise, the track is open between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily unless otherwise noted.

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