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Students reenergize at fitness center

Students reenergize at fitness center
The Lookout

Jeremy Kohn
Editor in Chief

Students who want to reenergize can use the fitness center on the second floor of the Gannon Building on LCC’s main campus, as well as an additional center at the west campus location.

Director of Fitness and Wellness Operations Mari Croze said the main campus fitness center has been around since the early 1970s. She said the look of the fitness center has changed quite a bit over the years.

“I heard where they used to be in cubicles,” Croze said. “So each piece of equipment was tucked inside a cubicle for privacy so people couldn’t watch other people work out … We know now for safety purposes that we need to see our faculty and our students work out.”

As program manager, Croze schedules fitness and wellness courses; supervises the staff; and maintains the weight, fitness and aerobic studio in the Gannon Building.

Hours for the main campus fitness center are Monday to Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3 p.m.

The west campus fitness center has been open since 2004. West campus hours are 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Croze said there are two ways students can gain access to the center. The first is enroll in the total fitness classes, either A, B, C or D, or the introduction to fitness class. The other is to purchase a semester membership.

Memberships are $50 for students and $60 for staff and alumni. A membership gives a person access to both main and west campus facilities.

“The fitness center is always staffed by an instructor,” Croze said. “There is always someone there regardless if you are student or a member that can spot you or design a workout plan for you.”

Fitness center instructor Tiller Landick said she enjoys being an instructor.

“Working with the students is so rewarding,” Landick said. “They are in here eager to get healthy and feel good and strong … as they feel better they feel so grateful, but I haven’t done anything except put something together … they have done all the work.”

The center has a variety of equipment for a student’s workout needs: bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines, stair steppers, resistance bands, weight machines and free weights.

Croze spoke about the basic rules of using the fitness center.

“Students and faculty must bring their StarCard or picture ID to gain access to the fitness center,” Croze said.  “Students are encouraged to rent a lock and a locker to keep personal belongings safe.

“We ask you respect one another and the equipment and that you use cellphones only for listening to music.”

Croze said there are benefits to getting a membership at the center instead of a gym.

“Our facilities are staffed with instructors with years of experience,” Croze said. “We have people with Masters and P.H.D’s… we have nationally certified instructors.”

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