It’s time to be in the best shape of your life. With classes at various times and homework that you can do at your own pace, college is the perfect time to have fun—and stay in shape while doing it. And at UM, we’ve got the resources you’ll need to get active, from our state-of-the-art Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center (SAC) to a sprawling disc golf course to the brand new Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Fitness Trail at UM’s University Lake. So get up, get out, and have fun.
It also feels good to get some fresh air and steady exercise while getting to where you need to go.
ValloCycle, Alabama’s first city-wide bicycle sharing program, is available to all members of the University community.
For just $25 a year (or $10 for children under the age of 16), you’ll have unlimited access to a ValloCycle bike whenever you need it. Carmichael Library is your on-campus rental location, but if you feel like venturing farther out, stop by Montevallo City Hall, Parnell Memorial Library or the City of Montevallo Police Department. Registration forms are available at any of the rental locations.
You may be able to determine the logistics of the game just from the title, but if you’ve never actually played a round of disc golf, you’re missing out on one of the most popular recreational sports in the nation. An eighteen-hole course was recently added to the area outside the Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center, and when the weather cooperates, the course is almost always buzzing with activity. There’s a reason why it’s now the Official Unofficial Pastime of the University of Montevallo.
There’s nothing better than soaking up the great outdoors while getting some exercise. That’s why the University of Montevallo recently installed the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Fitness Trail at University Lake. The 10-station trail is a spur off the hiking trail that begins in Orr Park and provides a scenic 1.3-mile trek for joggers, runners and walkers. And if you really feel like maximizing your exercising, pay attention to each of the 10 station markers—each one is marked with a suggested exercise for you to perform at that spot in order to provide a well-balanced workout.
Our world-class natatorium is more than just a fun way to relax and get some exercise—it’s a point of pride. With aerobics classes offered during the week and family swim hours on the weekends, there are many opportunities to enjoy yourself. All you have to do is dive in.
Orr Park / Tinglewood
If you venture a few blocks away from campus proper, you’ll be instantly transported into another world, thanks to the splendor of Tinglewood at Orr Park. Nestled alongside Shoal Creek, Orr Park features all of the traditional amenities of any good nature preserve—picnic tables, walking trails, athletic fields and more—but the real story is the collection of dead or dying cedar trees that were transformed into unique and intriguing works of art by artist Tim Tingle. Don’t be surprised if you pass a unicorn or a dragon while you’re getting some fresh air.
If you’re looking for some time out on the water, the University Lake is the place for you. Current students, faculty and staff may rent canoes and kayaks for free at the boathouse. All you need is your valid UM identification card to enjoy some time on the lake and under the sun.
If you want to get some good cardio without the monotony of a treadmill and/or the unpredictability of an outdoor track, the SAC offers an indoor walking track [that encircles the UM basketball court]. Mark your progress on a lap-by-lap basis, or measure out a number of miles and reach your goal.
Whether you’re looking to shed a few extra pounds with some regular cardio or you’re trying to bulk up with more muscle, the SAC weight room is your comfort zone. With state-of-the-art equipment for a multitude of functions, you’ll find everything you need to stay in shape.