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Health, wellness, and a free gym at SC4
Dennis Embo
Guest Writer

What single room at SC4 contains two elliptical machines, three state-of-the-art motorized treadmills, two stationary bikes, a full weight circuit of ten different exercise machines, well-maintained men’s and women’s locker rooms with shower facilities, and is for the exclusive use of SC4 students and staff, and is offered as a free benefit for them? If you answered “SC4’s Fitness Center” located in the basement of the North Building, you’d be absolutely correct.
Dale Vos, Director of Advising and Athletics at SC4, indicated the Fitness Center is not quite five years old. SC4’s Wellness Committee, after studying the matter, determined there was a need for a fully-equipped facility at which students could pursue their fitness goals and SC4’s athletic teams could work out and train on modern equipment. Up to that point the athletes had to avail themselves of a small weight room equipped with some free weights, a couple of weight benches and a couple of aging machines. Hence was born SC4’s Fitness Center.
Today’s Fitness Center is loaded with just about anything a fitness enthusiast or athlete could want in the way of fitness equipment.
If that weren’t enough, the Fitness Center is equipped with a full “weight circuit” of the following Precor-brand exercise machines including the chest press, ab and back extension, rear delt and pec fly, inner/outer thigh, pull-down and seated row, bicep curl and tricep extension, shoulder press, leg press and calf extension, and two leg extension and leg curl machines.
Add to all that a Nautilus Leverage Machine, two Power Racks, a set of weighted balls (2 lbs. up to 12 lbs.), and four balance balls, and you have a workout room to rival the more expensive commercial gyms around town. Oh, and did I mention the clean spacious men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers?
Unlike those commercial gyms, there is no membership fee for SC4 staff members or students in good standing at SC4.
To access the Fitness Center you need to activate your Skippers One Card online (if you haven’t already), and then stop by the Athletic Department main office in the North Building to sign a waiver form, and pick up a copy of the Fitness Center Rules governing equipment use, proper attire, safety, etc. That office is open from 8:30 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday. The Fitness Center itself is open for use Monday through Thursday 8 am to 10 pm, and Fridays 8 am to 7 pm.
Please consider joining SC4’s Health and Wellness Club. It is a student based community focused on improving your health and wellness, and the overall balance of life on campus and within the general public. For more information contact Frances DePonio – fdeponio@sc4.edu.

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