New gym to aid in fitness quest

Ashley Griffith was having trouble balancing school, work and her social life.

With little time left to think, the pharmacy candidate was definitely unable to make it to the Florida A&M University’s fitness center before it closed at 6 p.m.

The new FAMU recreation facility is anticipated to open on April 17, and its fitness center plans to extend its hours.

The new center will be equipped with up-to-date fitness equipment and more space.

Many students are looking forward to the opening of the new gym.

Because the old center was small and the hours were conflicting with class schedules, some students use their apartment complex’s fitness centers or elect to join gyms.

“It will be an innovative way for students to stay on campus for their workouts,” said Brandi Winmond, 19, a sophomore nursing student from Jacksonville. “I know that I will be able to use it when the new center opens.”

The old gym only housed thirty-four pieces of equipment. But the new fitness center will not only have over 100 machines, it will also be open longer on weekdays and weekends.

This will allow students to come in between classes, early in the morning and late at night.

“In addition to the new equipment and hours, we will also have more group exercise classes and a smoothie bar,” said Yero Smith, a fitness teacher and personal trainer. “I am currently teaching two classes and the 60-day fitness challenge but as the new center opens, I may teach more classes,” Smith said.

In addition to the new fitness center being opened to currently enrolled students and faculty members, it will also have membership opportunities for alumni and the center is considering having guest passes available.

In the 40,000-sq.-feet of space available, 16,000 be equipped for weight training and a 3,500 aerobic workout area with mirrors and hard wood floors.

“We will also have a rock climbing wall and lounge area for students,” said Jasmine Chestnut, the fitness center office manager.

“It will have showers and plasma TV’s will be set up. And we may be constructing a space for a snack bar.”

The new fitness center is housed in the new recreation facility on the corner of Wahnish Way and Osceola St.