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Virginia Tech Places in Top 20 Muscle & Fitness Fittest Colleges for 2005

March 1, 2005

Virginia Tech ranked 16th place in a recent Muscle & Fitness list of America's fittest colleges.

This cover story, written by Carey Rossi, featured the top 20 schools in the United States that provide their students with the best means for building a good physique.

To be eligible for the list, each of the schools had to be public institutions and have NCAA Division I-A sports teams. The list was narrowed down by comparing their recreational facilities, weight room hours, the number of sport clubs, health-related majors, intramural sports, and fitness classes. The number one college was Ohio State University, which has five indoor and 9 outdoor facilities including a brand new, 25,000 square foot, state of the art weight room in the middle of campus. Virginia Tech was chosen out of a large, dynamic collection of schools that have contributed millions of dollars to staying up to date with the growing needs of society.

Virginia Tech Recreational Sports encompasses two indoor facilities with weight rooms, swimming pools, fitness rooms, athletic courts, and more. Virginia Tech currently has 28 sport clubs, ranging from baseball to water ski. Intramural Sports offers a variety of 22 activities at different levels of competition to meet everyone's needs from flag football to inner tube water polo. A wide assortment of fitness classes are offered including Reebok Core, Cardioboxing, Cycling, Pilates, Water Aerobics and many more. Aquatics offers swim lessons and American Red Cross training in CPR, Lifeguard Certifications and Water Safety courses. Rec Sports hosts numerous special events throughout the year with the Strongman Competition, Rugged Warehouse 5K, and Coca-Cola Hokie Open Golf Tournament, all coming up this spring. To find out more about how you can take part in this top 20 ranked recreational sports department, visit or call (540) 231-6184.