We've gotten steadily healthier since the renovated Gregory Gym reopened last November. Before, we used the Texas heat as an excuse not to run, now we jog on the AC'd indoor track overlooking the basketball courts. We used boredom as an excuse not to go on the Stairmaster, now we can watch sweet television as we pump away. Gregory is so beautiful, airy, and expansive that sometimes we want to go there just to hang out, and the gym provides ample opportunity to do just that: We can watch the ball game while sitting in the Sports Cafe, play a game of pool or table tennis in the underused lounge, or throw spitwads at the humans splayed all over the indoor climbing wall. Our love for the Gregory is so mighty that we (usually) don't mind the crowds or the parking nightmare. Of course, you have to be a UT student to take advantage of all this, or - and this also gives Gregory the award for "Best Reason to Kiss Up to a UT Affiliate" - be sponsored by a UT student or staff member for a membership, which is quite reasonably priced.
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