New Gym Offers Great Location, Alleviates Congestion

Posted: October 10, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

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There are no more excuses for the “Freshman 15,” the “Faculty 50,” or any other amount of weight gain for anyone at Mason. Not with the addition of another fitness facility on the Fairfax Campus.

On Monday, Oct. 6, Skyline Fitness, located in the northeast sector next door to Southside, opened its doors for business. Though there are still some finishing touches to be done (the basketball court is still being installed and finished), patrons have full access to brand-new aerobic and weight-lifting areas.

Skyline fitness center

“You really can’t say that you’re not near a place to go work out,” says Adam Huffman, assistant athletic director and general manager of Skyline. “What we’ve built is a convenient, beautiful new building that everyone here at Mason can enjoy.”

What $3 million buys you these days are a top-of-the-line cardio and strength room of approximately 20,000 square feet and a full-size basketball/volleyball gymnasium. The cardio area boasts dozens of new machines, including 13 ellipticals, 12 treadmills and seven track bikes. The strength area features more than 45 pieces of free-weight equipment, as well as multiple “free motion” pulley machines.

It’s apparent that Skyline’s target clientele is the student body. Close to the new student residences on the northeast side of campus, the facility doesn’t need showers or large locker rooms. With this in mind, many faculty and staff members might still be drawn more toward the recently remodeled and expanded Aquatic and Fitness Center (AFC) for such amenities.

With Skyline’s opening, Mason now has three fitness gyms operating on its Fairfax Campus, including the AFC and the Field House. Once the PE Building expansion and renovation is completed next summer, fitness buffs will have even more options to choose from.

basketball court in Skyline fitness center

But Skyline beats out the other facilities for students in terms of location. “I’m excited for the students because Skyline gives them an extremely convenient place to go work out,” Huffman says. “Plus, there will be far less congestion at Skyline because the facility mainly caters to those inside the Mason community.”

News of Skyline’s opening comes as a relief to many AFC and Field House patrons. Having another gym on campus alleviates some of the congestion experienced during afternoon rush hours. And once the PE Building is completed, Huffman anticipates the campus will no longer feel the “five o’clock push” of gym congestion.

Though Skyline will operate only during the fall and spring semesters, the daily hours of operation are much longer than the other fitness facilities on campus. Doors open at 9 a.m. every morning and close at midnight every night. The AFC, by contrast, shuts down at 11 p.m. on weekdays and even earlier on the weekends.

All full-time students are admitted for free. Part-time students pay $25 per semester, which includes access to both the AFC and Skyline. Faculty and staff members pay a yearly membership of $175 to use both facilities. Huffman notes that membership fees are likely to rise in the coming months.

For more information, visit the Skyline Fitness web page.

skyline weight area
Photos by Nicolas Tan

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