Open Gym Schedule Lets Students Workout for Free
By Trissean McDonald
Workouts in the Fitness Center and Weight Room inside of the Kinesiology Building are no longer limited to faculty and staff because students now have the opportunity to join in free of charge.
Dumbbells, squat racks, and even stretch straps are available among other fitness equipment inside of the Weight Room of the Kinesiology South Building, Room 109. The Weight Room is open one day a week. Hours are Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.
Fitness-minded individuals have even greater access at the Fitness Center, which is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. and Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Battle ropes, elliptical trainers, spin bikes, treadmills and 16 other exercise machines are available for students in the North Kinesiology Building, Room 202.
“Keep Calm and Exercise” is the mantra that is being used to attract students to live a healthier lifestyle by using the campus facilities.
The new access to the weight room, however, is not enough for everyone.“When you tell this to the students, they do not want to come. They’re like, ‘One day, oh, that’s not enough,’” said Ismaelite Stewart, a student who works in the South Gym and founder of the Fit for Life Club.
“Fit for Life” is a club that is currently in the works of being chartered, according to ASG Vice President of Clubs, Theresa Morgan Cruz.
For students like Eric Romero who is majoring in chemical engineering, there is never enough iron to pump.“This is my last semester here, and I wish they offered more programs here,” Romero said.
The only requirement for using the workout rooms is that students complete and submit a liability form. Some students wish for expanded hours.“I wish they would promote this a lot more [because then] people don’t have to register for a class to go into the workout room,” said Nestor Alvarado, a nursing major with a group of friends in the Student Union. Liability forms are available in the Gym areas.
Jose Rios contributed to this story.
[Los Angeles City College]