As some students attempt to tone-up, lose weight and/or get in
shape to meet their New Year’s resolutions, the Campus Recreation
center and private gyms offer different atmospheres and equipment
to meet different needs.
Loretta Capra, senior associate director of the recreation
center, believes students use the recreation center because of its
“convenience, it offers what they’re looking for, they already pay
for it with student fees so there is no additional charge, it’s
clean, neat and we have new, up-to-date equipment.”
Lance Freeman, another senior associate director for Campus
Recreation, estimates 3,000 to 4,000 students use the recreation
center on a daily basis, depending on the time of year. Freeman
estimates the numbers are closer to 4,000 currently.
He believes this higher usage may be due to students being off
for a month and gaining weight, Spring Break coming up with
students wanting to look good and the weather turning colder, so
students move their workout regimes inside.
“Fitness is a big thing nowadays especially with young people,”
Freeman said. “Fitness has changed in the last years to more
cardio, weight lifting and Pilates, and that’s what the rec center
Chris Caufman, a sophomore business computer information systems
major, enjoys running and lifting weights at the recreation
“(The recreation center) has most all the equipment you need,”
But not all students work out at the recreation center. Some
turn to private gyms around Fort Collins to get in shape.
“We can’t be everything for everybody even though we try to
change our programs to do so,” Freeman said. “We’re trying to get a
middle range for the most number of people.”
This middle range offers cardio equipment, weight machines and
free weights and a variety of classes. Even with this variety,
Capra and Freeman recognize some students may be seeking specialty
equipment or training.
“Sometimes (students use other gyms) because they’re looking for
specialty items,” Capra said. “Mostly what we put in are for the
average student needs and if they’re looking for any of the
extremes they go elsewhere.”
The recreation center also gets busiest from 3 to 8 p.m., which
Freeman believes scares some students away.
Kenny Bunch, owner of Definitions Fitness Center, 1115 W.
Prospect Road, sees 75 percent of the club’s membership coming from
CSU students. Students usually tell him this is because of longer
hours, no closures during breaks, availability of equipment and
“Girls who come here also say they don’t feel they will be hit
on or talked to the whole time,” Bunch said. “They can get on
equipment and just work out.”
Junior Sally Earle does not work out at the recreation center,
but instead gets plenty of exercise in her daily routine.
“I’m a dance major and take seven classes a week so I work out
already,” Earle said.
Overcrowding has also led recreation center staff to plan
reorganization this spring.
“Our weight room has become way crowded,” Freeman said. He said
the center plans to expand the weight room and move cardio
equipment into one of the volleyball courts.
The recreation center also plans to tear out the sun deck on the
south side of the building and will build a plaza for students to
study and hang out. The plaza will also host food vendors.
“It will be a better use of the space,” Freeman said.
With the high numbers of users continually increasing, Freeman
said there also might be new building additions to the recreation
center in 2008.
“In the year 2000-2001 we had 400,000 user visits. This year
we’re projecting 520,000 user visits. So in a matter of three years
we’ve gone up 120,000 user visits and this is a constant trend,”
Freeman said. “We’re eventually going to max out.”