Fitness Center now open; implements new time slot system

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 at 9:01 AM
Fitness Center now open; implements new time slot system  by Julia Carden
Contributed Photo, taken by Colin Neely.

The Fitness Center, located on the bottom floor of Frank G. Pogue Student Center, is a great resource for Edinboro students, faculty, staff and even alumni to use to stay active throughout the school year. Over the last year, there have been many changes to the Fitness Center’s hours as well as its rules and regulations.  

The current hours for the fitness center for the fall 2021 semester are Monday through Friday 6 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. Students can use the facility free of charge by presenting their student ID at the door. The gender inclusive Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) locker rooms, located across from the fitness center entrance, are open until 8:30 p.m. every day. 

Reservations are required for use of any of the state-of-the-art equipment and amenities located in the fitness center. All reservations can be made on their website. Students can access this webpage by going to IMLeagues.com and choosing “Edinboro University” under colleges, or simply selecting the red basketball icon on their myEdinboro Portal.  

At this time, reservation timeslots are for one hour in length; students can reserve up to two timeslots per day.  

“Scheduling appointments in the provided time slots is extremely helpful in regulating the amount of people at the gym. We can all go and there is enough room for everyone to be doing what they want to do,” Edinboro student Sarah Hammerman said.  

According to Michael Stamp, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, there are currently two fitness classes being offered – yoga and Zumba. Yoga is every Tuesday at 4 p.m., and Zumba is every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Both classes are free, and they take place in the aerobics studio located in the bottom level of the Frank G. Pogue Center.  

According to Stamp, the fitness center has had a “drastic” increase in student usage compared to the 2020-2021 school year, likely due to the return of students to campus. “We anticipate that our numbers will be comparable with those from Fall 2019.” 

The fitness center follows the university’s Fall 2021 Plan guidelines related to the mask mandate and COVID-19 pandemic. Face masks are required at all times while in the facility, regardless of vaccination status. “This includes while working out, playing basketball, etc.” Stamp said.  

“This is one of the nicer on-campus facilities I’ve seen and the staff has kept everything sanitized and orderly through the pandemic,” Hammerman added.  

Students who need assistance signing up for fitness classes or time slots should visit the fitness center desk attendees who are on duty during the gym’s hours of operation. Students can also contact fitness center employees at borocampusrec@edinboro.edu with any additional questions. 

I feel that the fitness center and the services we offer are essential for all students. Everyone needs an outlet to remove themselves from the stressors of their academic program and classes. Whether it be a physical workout like running on the track or a treadmill, or an opportunity to reset mentally by shooting hoops or going to yoga class, there is something for everyone to better their physical and mental wellness,” Stamp said.  

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