Gabriella Gomez, a computer programming major, uses the fitness center to work on her squat form.

After not being able to break a sweat at the recreation center in nearly two years because of COVID-19 restrictions, students finally can use the facility again.

Intramurals Director Kristy Urbick said she is excited to have students use the rec center after following the health and safety protocols that the college had in place since March 2020 due to the pandemic.

“We’ve been looking forward to having students back for a long time,” Urbick said. “We are excited to be opening up the fitness center, pool, the tennis courts and the racquetball courts, all of which are available for all students.”

Emyle Lopez(right), a business and marketing major, performs drills during class to improve health and flexibility

Students have enjoyed working out again in the fitness center.

“It’s super beneficial to use the gym,” Kaela Nieto, an education major, said of the workout area. “Being able to use all the equipment available to us is nice.”

Although the gymnasium is not available for recreation due to roof repairs, it is set to open back up in June, Urbick said. The gymnasium also houses lockers and extra showers. A limited number of both are available in the swimming pool section of the recreation center that students have access to.

Urbick encouraged students to take advantage of the center.

“You don’t have to pay for a gym membership. You can save money. If you’re already here on campus taking classes you can just quickly come over, work out and either go back to class or leave from here,” Urbick said.

Emyle Lopez, a business and marketing major, said the workout area is well-maintained.

“It’s kept up really well and it’s better than going to a gym because they make sure the equipment is clean,” Lopez said.

The fitness center is open 2:30-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. The pool is open from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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  • June 4, 2022 at 8:53 pm
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    I had no idea that we had a fitness center! This is such good news considering I am a gym junkie.

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