Aquatic and Fitness Center Reopens for Business
Posted: October 22, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Some 4,900 square feet are devoted to weightlifting equipment in the Aquatic and Fitness Center’s new wing.
By Dave Andrews
It was a long time coming, but well worth the wait.
All areas of Mason’s Aquatic and Fitness Center are now open after nearly two years of construction. The additions include approximately 2,800 square feet of cardio space and 4,900 square feet devoted to weight lifting.
“It’s been a long haul to get this done, but I feel great about the building,” says Adam Huffman, general manager of the center. “Having a whole additional wing dedicated to fitness allows everyone to have their own space. It’s exciting to be up and running again.”
The new cardio area houses 21 treadmills and 20 elliptical machines, each with their own TVs. In addition, there are various step and bike machines. The Aquatic and Fitness Center now has more than double the number of aerobic machines than it had in the past.
The weight lifting area accommodates a full line of strength-training and free-motion machines, along with a free weight section approximately twice the size of the previous setup. There are four racks of dumbbells and a variety of adjustable benches. All of the equipment in the weight lifting area is brand-new.
The Aquatic and Fitness Center now has more than double the number of aerobic machines than it had in the past.
Not only does the center boast a wide range of new equipment and machines, but it will also soon offer members a variety of fitness classes. Patrons will be able to choose from Pilates, indoor cycling, aerobics and martial arts classes.
“We’re still tweaking some aspects of the building in order to best serve our members, but overall, we love it,” Huffman says.
With the long list of new upgrades in mind, Huffman says there are proposals in the works that would eventually raise membership rates for faculty, staff, part-time students and community members. But university officials feel the vastly improved facility would justify the slightly higher rates.
Hours for the Aquatic and Fitness Center are:
Monday to Thursday: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Aquatic and Fitness Center with the new fitness wing at left.
Photos by Nicolas Tan