PHOTO: Anthony Buensuceso, an exercise physiology graduate student, works out in the expanded free weight room.
From Illinois Business Journal news services
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has enhanced its Student Fitness Center by doubling the size of its free weight room to 7,000 square feet to feature state-of-the-art equipment and amenities.
“We’re extremely excited to add this space for our students,” said Keith Becherer, director of Campus Recreation. “We continually saw on our assessments, surveys and feedback forms from students that they wanted more space in the free weight room.”
With the support of SIUE Student Government, and approval from the SIU board of trustees, the $2.5 million student fee-funded project officially opened in January.
“This kind of functional fitness is really what students across the country are looking for,” said Dave Hagedorn, assistant director of Campus Recreation. “A little bit of the CrossFit wave has introduced more people to Olympic lifts, power lifting, grabbing three dimensional weights and using them with their body instead of just using a fixed piece of equipment. All of that needs space, and now we’re able to offer that.”
Increased square footage, advanced equipment, higher ceilings, ample natural light and a more user-friendly layout have welcomed people with a diverse range of needs and abilities.
“This caters to everyone, from ages 18 to 70,” said Todd Schultze, assistant coach of SIUE women’s basketball. “They’ve added a lot of equipment that’s versatile to somebody who wants to get really big, or somebody who just wants to maintain.”
“The new weight room is beautiful,” freshman Morgan Cavaiani said upon entering the space. “I love all the open windows. It’s much better than having just a little rectangle of space. It allows more people to work out at one time, and it’s a big improvement for the university.”