With midterms right around the corner, it’s nice to have a break and to be able to unwind from a busy, hectic day. The Fitness Center in the John W. Hart building is one tool students can use for stress management.

“Before I came here, I was off-the-charts stressed out,” said Justin Pearson a junior studying advertising. “And now working out and running three miles, that cloudiness is going away, and I feel pretty good,”

The Fitness Center is an outlet and release for many of the students on campus. It not only provides them with clarity and confidence, but good old-fashioned stress release.

“When you do cardio, it allows you to release that tension from your classes,” said Haylee Denton, a sophomore studying business management.

“I work as a financial analyst,” said Marco Santa Cruz, a junior studying financial economics. “So after work, I need to find something that helps me relax.”

Even if you’re new to the workout scene, the school has fitness trainers that allow you to learn at your own pace for free.

“Here at the school, it’s really awesome because you get free personal consultants and fitness trainers that offer a lot of help,” Denton said.

Pearson pointed out that the fitness facility is free and has dozens of treadmills and bikes for gym-goers to use.

“There is so much to do here,” Pearson said.

One of the common misconceptions about going to the gym is that the heavier the weight a person uses, the better off he or she will be, but that isn’t always the case.

“I just feel bad because I feel they are going to hurt themselves, where they are putting in so much effort but they just aren’t doing it right.” Santa Cruz said.

If you’re in need of some serious stress release and want to build some muscle, the Fitness Center in the Hart is the place for you.