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Jan. 3rd, 2010 10:44 am
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It only just occurred to me that I work at a university that resembles nothing so much as a country club, and that I can use its facilities for free.

First, there's apparently a decent climbing wall (top rope and boulder) open afternoons and evenings. Free for Stanford people; $5 for guests. I want to find people around Stanford to toprope with. It would be awesome to have a regular climbing partner again, since it's the only thing that gets me going every week, but I could also just go occasionally with random friends.

Second, I've been looking for a nice wood floor where I can practice Irish dance once or twice a week. I wonder if there's anything on campus that would work for that, maybe even a room with mirrors. I feel self-conscious if there are people doing other things in the same room, but I could probably get over that. (There's a Stanford undergrad from another CRN dance school -- I ran into her at the competition. She's in Germany for the quarter, but in the spring, I bet she'd dance with me.)

Third, and most trivially, I bet somewhere at Stanford there is a locker room with a nice reliable scale. At the moment, I weigh myself once a month or so by walking into Mission Cliffs and asking nicely to use their bathroom! I could just buy a cheap scale, but I dislike unreliable measurements (not because it matters -- it's just another litle OCD thing) and I don't really want to weigh myself often.

Oddly, this has nothing to do with New Year's resolutions per se. Fitness fits the "harder, better, faster, stronger" theme but it's not quite what I meant.

Date: 2010-01-03 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ef2p.livejournal.com
I'd love to go top roping and I live near Standford but at $5/visit I'm not sure I can afford it.

Date: 2010-01-03 08:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tshuma
I don't know how regular a partner I could be, but I'm there, sorely in need of exercise, and can keep my climbing equipment handy in a parking lot near you. Also, I used to work at that gym, back when it was first built, teaching belay classes and such.

Date: 2010-01-03 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Also also, Roble Gym's studio 30(?) is probably a useful bet, although there are nice wood floors all over campus. I have no idea what they're using it for now -- when it belonged to the athletics department it was usually used for yoga. It's too small for most dance, although it works fine for Irish.

Date: 2010-01-04 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fyfer.livejournal.com
Yeah, I don't need much space. My tiny kitchen/living room sort of works for practicing, if I move a few chairs, but things rattle when I jump. I assumed I wouldn't be able to find a whole studio to use, but that perhaps some corner of a basketball court or weight room would be out of people's way.

Date: 2010-01-03 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-emelia.livejournal.com
Nice wood floors are highly booked on campus. This has caused Richard's evening classes to move to FUMC on Hamilton (where FNW is hosted). There's several around - Roble and Elliot Program Center leap to mind, but getting free time on them is tricky.

The new Arrillaga Family Fitness Center has a scale and may have other things you're looking for. I believe you can still rent lockers in Roble, though last time I checked there was a waiting list.

Date: 2010-01-04 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fyfer.livejournal.com
Ah, ok. I'll look at Arrillaga. I heard that one of the newer gym facilities didn't have locker rooms and I can never remember which one - I don't need a locker but locker rooms usually have scales.

Date: 2010-01-04 05:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tshuma
Getting access to a space isn't quite as difficult as all that. Most groups trying to reserve space are looking for larger spaces: Richard's classes would never fit into Studio 30, for instance, because he'd have to limit it to club dances that don't progress, and to probably no more than 15-20 people. His classes are easily twice that. The larger rehearsal spaces are definitely at a premium, though.

The Elliott center is a good place to try, too. I know that the Roble Gym stays open in the evenings.

Arrillaga doesn't have a locker room, but the Ford center just across from it does. Map here. I just rented a locker there for my morning yoga class, so lockers are still available. $35 for one calendar year, or $15 per quarter.

Date: 2010-01-04 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eisenbud.livejournal.com
I'm up for climbing any time after a little more knee recovery. Maybe February or March.

Date: 2010-01-05 09:10 am (UTC)

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