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Colvin Center gives you muscles

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Colvin Center pool

The outdoor pool at the Colvin features a whirpool, a Lazy River, three swimming lanes and bubble couches.

The "freshman 15" exists, so go to the Colvin Center to dodge it.

The Colvin is at Hall of Fame and Cleveland Street. It's a 240,000-square-foot building; it's hard to miss.

Make sure to bring your student ID. That's the only way to get in unless you work there. It's not fun to return home to pick it up.

If you like working out, it's a fun place to be, but make sure you follow these guidelines.

Be on time

The Colvin opens at 5:30 a.m. and closes at midnight during the week. It's open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Plan accordingly, though. The afternoon is typically the busiest time when your favorite machine, bench or basketball court might be taken. So get your workout in before breakfast or mid-afternoon.

Ball is life

Ten hardwood basketball courts are waiting at the Colvin.

The courts are on the northwest side of the building, past the weights and ping pong tables.

Respect the courts. Don't dunk, and don't get in fights.

Start a pickup game. There is almost always a team waiting to challenge yours.

If you're not the best baller in the gym, stay on the northern courts. The southern courts are often for teams and players with high intensity and great skill.

Discover a new hobby

There are racquetball courts, squash courts, an indoor soccer field, basketball courts, swimming lanes, dance studios, a track, weights and a variety of machines, so find what works best for you. Ask the front desk for specific locations.

The Colvin has a lot to offer, so check it out if you want to stay fit while at OSU. Meet people, stay in shape and make the most of it; you've already paid for it.