Gregory Gym takes summer

By Erika Cervantes

Austin newcomer Eamon Hunter, a junior public relations student at Boston University, heard about Gregory Gym’s reputation even before heading south.

While Gregory Gym offers tons of equipment and machinery it can be quite difficult claiming your space and finding your equipment during fall and spring semesters. However, it was evident that summer time meant fewer people and more room for participants.

“From what I heard it’s a whole lot busier during the school year,” Hunter said. “My two roommates that go here were quick to fill me in.”

Gregory Gym was built in 1930 and since then has served as a place of exercise and study space for UT students and guests alike. Although summer time doesn’t affect gym hours, Texercise and Group Cycling classes have seen a cut to their schedules when compared to fall and spring semesters.

Brien Robles, building coordinator, has been working at Gregory Gym for nine semesters and has observed the normal flow of people that filter in.

Gregory Gym gets anywhere between 1,000 to 2,000 students a day, Robles said. However, throughout the summer “max, maybe a thousand.”

Victor Resendez, a senior economics student and Tatiana Romanchuk, a senior human development student, come to the gym about four times a week during the normal school year. Although they have different workout regimens both hold the same observation: summer time means less traffic.

“During the summer, it’s a lot less packed,” Resendez said. “You’re able to get an open spot rack or an open bench more often than during the spring and fall semester.”

Throughout a normal day, both Resendez and Romanchuk estimate that they see about 20–30 more people throughout the semester in their area of exercise. Whether it be the weight room for Resendez or a Texercise class for Romanchuk, both see a difference.

“This is my second day coming here in the summer but there’s definitely less people,” Romanchuk said.

Student staff members are also affected by summer as some tend to go back home. This allows for more hires who make up for the staff that leave for the summer.

“Student employees here, they’ll work more hours during the summer and have more shifts per week just because we’ll have less employees on staff,” Robles said.

Summer time means fewer employees and fewer participants, but those that still attend in the summer aren’t complaining.

“It’s kind of weird, normally Greg is usually packed but I definitely like it better in the summer,” Resendez said.