Let’s Get Physical
New Loyola Fitness Center Opens to Students
Published: Friday, February 11, 2011
Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011 15:02
The new 2,800 square foot Loyola Fitness Center opened to students and facility for the first time at 6 A.M. on Jan. 24, 2011. It is located in the basement of Loyola Hall, opposite the Health Services entrance. It was created to provide students with an addition option to the Smith Wellness Gym in the Hart Center. In Loyola, there are nine treadmills, five ellipticals, five stationary bikes, and two adaptive motion trainers.
The fitness center has state-of-the-art cardiovascular machines, an area for stretching, and other equipment targeted at toning various parts of the body. Of the five stationary bikes, two are interactive bikes, which allow the user to experience different "terrains" and the option to "race" against each other. The gym also includes a 17-piece Nautilus system. All of the 21-cardio machines have large, 12-inch interactive television screens that allow the user to plug headphones into them and listen without disrupting any other gym-goers, which for most students, is the best part of the new Loyola gym.
Although many students are very satisfied with the new Fitness Center, many students voiced complaints about frequent crowdedness of the area. One student said that she feared it will be "taken over" by the upperclassmen that live in Loyola. When asked to rate overall satisfaction with the new Loyola gym on a scale of one to ten, students responses were mixed, but it was rated all the way up to a nine.
When asked whether the new Fitness Center was crowded, students agreed that it was "very crowded," particularly in the late afternoon. One student even stated that she wished "they would build a fitness center in every dorm." The majority of students interviewed, however, were pleased with the location of the new gym.
When asked which gym students like better, a good deal of students said that they still like the Hart Center better because of the larger size of the area, but acknowledged that Loyola has better equipment.
Despite the few minor complaints, the overall consensus of students on the Hill seems to be pleased with and grateful for the addition of another gym on campus and the state-of-the-art cardio machines that it offers.