Lifting the truth on the wellness center


Have you been able to work off those freshman fifteen yet? Campus offers a fitness center that serves more than just the athletic teams. Students take advantage of the different features it entails.

Wellness director Joyce Byler said, “The wellness center is open to all students. We don’t ever schedule out times for just athletes or just certain groups and we make it very user friendly. No matter what your fitness level is, male, female, we make it accessible.”

The wellness center’s cardio room contains equipment for anybody to use. The center is open Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m; Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m; and Sunday, 2-10 p.m. (Photo by Cammera Archie)

Located on the second floor of the wellness center are the cardio room and the fitness assessment room.

“[The assessment room] is a place for you to come to see how fit you are,” said Rob Elder, freshman social work major and wellness center employee. “You can come in and do things from cardio on the treadmill—to get your body fat measured—to see where you are as far as flexibility and weight.”

This room is free of charge and computerized so all records are accessible to compare throughout the years.

Elder said if you are training for something and want to get close to your exact measurements for fitness goals, the assessment room is for you.

In the cardio room the back wall is lined with TVs, treadmills and ellipticals. Yoga mats and hand weights are available for use as well.

Downstairs is the weight room. Some students use the machines and weights for a personal exercise routine.

Senior business administration major Shane Maier said, “Certain days have different exercises in them, like one day I’ll do bench press and pull downs, [and the] next day I’ll do squats and curls.”

“Downstairs we have hammer strength machines, we have life fitness machines, we have free weights, we have cable machines and we have bands, balls, pretty much anything you need for any type of program,” Byler said.

Some people may feel apprehensive about going for the first time, but the wellness center is accessible to anyone.

Freshman education major Kaleb Esber said, “Don’t feel intimidated because everyone is nice in there.”

Along with the cardio, assessment and weight rooms, the Wellness Center offers fitness classes weekly.

Monday: Zumba at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday: Pilates at 6:00 p.m.; Yoga at 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday: Yoga at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday: Pilates at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: Boot Camp at 10:00 a.m.

These classes are only one dollar with Malone ID. Classes are in the multipurpose room on the second floor except Boot Camp, which is in the weight room.

Throughout the semester, the wellness center holds different fitness events. On November 23 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., students can compete in the Ultra Fitness Challenge where prizes will be given to the winners. Next semester on April 12 is the 5k race: Pump and Run.


Angel Butler is a contributing writer for the Aviso AVW.

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