Odd gym hours not working out
|Posted Oct. 6, 2006|
The controversy over the cardio room hours in the newly renovated Fitness Center comes down to one thing: having enough Work-Study students.
The Sports Science and Athletic Pavilion was renovated in the spring of 2006 and a new fitness center was created.
The Fitness Center includes a new weight room along with a cardiovascular center located on the upper level.
The cardio room includes 25 pieces of equipment including treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes and steppers.
Since the number of Work-Study students has dropped by almost half, there are not enough Work-Study students to keep the Fitness Center open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The weight and cardio rooms need to be supervised by a Work-Study student at all times because some of the equipment requires instruction.
Head strength and conditioning coach Matt Durant tried to do what he could with only six Work-Study students and one student who opted to work for him for free.
“I tried to make the schedule around peak hours when people wanted to work out, during lunch and now we are open at night,” Durant said.
Durant is grateful for student athletes like senior Dennis Parr who works for him in the cardio room for nothing.
Parr is keeping the weight and cardio rooms open for two more hours for free.
Parr had participated in Work-Study for the weight room last year but this year, when he was no longer qualified for Work-Study, he decided to help Durant.
“I know how frustrating it can be to want to work out and the room be closed so I thought it’s better than sitting around doing nothing and (Durant) needs people,” Parr said.
Through the efforts of Durant, Parr and others, improvements have been made on week nights and weekends.
Durant would also like to conduct a study to see how often and when the cardio rooms are being used. He is going to implement a sign-in sheet, which will include the time the person is using the cardio room.
The new night hours the cardio rooms are open are being used as a test to see how many students actually use the cardio rooms at night. If there are not enough students using the cardio room during the night hours, they might be cut.
The weight room is currently open from noon - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“It is unfortunate that Work-Study was cut and that the weight room doesn’t have enough Work-Study students to keep the rooms open all day,” said Debbie Bugarin, liberal studies major. “But we are just going to have to work with the times they can be open.”
As frustrating as it may be everything is being done to expand on the hours.
Students who qualify for work study and are interested in working in the cardio room can e-mail Durant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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