College students acquire entry to new equiptment, exercise amenities in upgraded Recreation and Wellness Middle

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Quinnipiac University students are now able to do so Use the new cardio wing and take part in fitness classes in the new studios of the renovated relaxation and wellness center.

The new cardio and dance rooms at the recreation and wellness center opened to students on October 24th. (Peyton McKenzie)

The new center features a yoga studio, a large dance studio, an outdoor-access Zen room, and a new cardio wing, all of which opened to students on October 24.

Tami Reilly, director of fitness and well-being, said the new cardio wing will have new treadmills, elliptical machines and steppers, and that there will be rowing machines, bikes and a range of heavy bags in the future. The new equipment includes built-in technology so students can watch TV, sync their smartwatches and charge their phones wirelessly throughout the facility.

“We’ve also moved into the big dance studio via every dance-based fitness class, we haven’t gotten all of our equipment yet, so we just moved that part,” Reilly said. “We’ve moved our barre classes, our zumba, our ballet and all of that to the new studio.”

Reilly said her hope is that students, who may have been intimidated by the old rooms, will feel more comfortable and be more inclined to attend classes.

“I’m really excited to provide a different perspective on what fitness and wellness can be,” said Reilly. “It’s so much more than just getting (on) the treadmill.”

In addition to new studios and equipment, there are a variety of outdoor spaces coming to the new center, such as outdoor seating around the building, an amphitheater and a rain garden, Reilly said. In addition, she said the middle dance studio will have a retractable wall with an outdoor patio so students can take classes outside.

Reilly said some of the classes being offered include more meditations, bootcamp-style classes like “Butts and Guts,” and a “Gymology” class that focuses on teaching first-time users of the gym how to properly lifts and trains.

Students can register 24 hours in advance for a variety of courses by logging on to the IMLeagues website with their Quinnipiac email address.

Ellie Bissell, Junior 3+1 biology major and ballet teacher, said Balletone is a ballet-based fitness class that requires no dance experience and takes ballet and dance-inspired movements and translates them into a fitness format.

“I love it when new people come in and see what ballet is, it’s a very niche thing, everyone knows what zumba is, what spin is…but ballet is pretty unique and not very popular yet,” Bissell said.

Alyssa Carroll, junior political scientist and Zumba instructor, wrote in an email to the Chronicle that the new space offers much more space with “amazing views” of the quad and library.

Carroll wrote that the new space “definitely has its benefits,” such as a new sound system being installed and more natural lighting. Though she said she still felt like she was teaching on a construction site.

“The room isn’t technically ready yet as the speakers still have covers on them (we’re using temporary speakers in the corner of the room) and it looks like a water station is about to be installed so I’d almost rather hold off on teaching, until the room shines in all its glory,” wrote Carroll.

Students can use the new cardio wing from Monday to Thursday and Sunday from 4pm to 11pm, Friday from 4pm to 9pm and Saturday from 4pm to 7pm

Michael Dieli, an undeclared freshman major, used a treadmill in the new cardio wing and said the equipment is definitely an improvement over the previous facilities.

“It was a little confusing at first because there were so many gadgets and apps to use… but it’s really interesting that you can look at stuff, they have a Kindle app so you can read while.” you run or walk, which I thought was really cool,” said Dieli.

The recreation and wellness center will have even more spaces available for students this Thanksgiving, Reilly said. Also, she said the juice bar and some fine-tuning things will come in January, which will mark the completion of the new center.

“Going into the finals, I think we can do some fun programs there to get people to relax and de-stress before they go into the finals,” Reilly said. “We will be ready to use the entire building in January.”