Vol. 19, No. 9Oct. 28, 1999

Renovated fitness center features new equipment

The remodeled Employee Fitness Center includes
cardiovascular equipment on the second floor.

Keeping fit has become more fun and enjoyable in the newly renovated Employee Fitness Center. We held a successful open house on Oct. 22 to give employees an opportunity to stop by and see us. Now we are ready and open for business and invite all employees to take advantage of all we have to offer," said Barry Miller, Recreation Services.

The center has been remodeled and some new equipment installed as a part of the overall renovation of the Carpenter Sports Building. It is more spacious and open, and a second floor has been added, with windows looking down on the action in the front and back gyms, Miller said. Most of the strength equipment, including weight lifting dumb bells and benches, is on the first floor, and cardiovascular equipment, such as bikes and treadmills, is on the second floor.

Approximately $20,000 has been spent on new equipment, including some new bikes, updated strength equipment and four total body conditioners (elliptical steppers), which exercise the upper and lower body at the same time.

Kim Bodine, coordinator of the center, hires, trains and evaluates the instructors for fitness classes for students as well as employees. "The renovation is a big improvement. Now, when employees work out on bikes or treadmills, they can look out at the gyms instead of a mirror or wall," she said.

The Employee Wellness Center has moved and now is located next to the fitness center.

"We are very excited about our new space-it was definitely worth the wait and is convenient to the fitness center. We have much more space available for the wellness staff to provide individual fitness assessments, counseling and education," Marianne Carter, Employee Wellness Center, said.

The hours of the Employee Fitness Center are from 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Friday. On weekends, employees may use the student fitness area, located in the back gym.

-Sue Moncure
Photo by Robert Cohen