Facility to have improved amenities

FAMU will soon have a quality fitness center available for students, faculty and staff. But for now, excellent programs are available in the current facilities, university officials said.

In fall 2004, a $6.7 million multipurpose student recreational facility is to be located on the corner of Wahnish Way and Osceola Street, said Michelle Roby, an administrative assistant with the Department of Campus Recreation.

Currently, the fitness center offers one-on-one workout programs where a fitness specialist can train students individually. In addition, group exercise classes such as yoga, hip-hop aerobics, dance and stretch and body toning are available.

“Students enjoy exercising and having fun at the same time,” said Korey Johnson, a FAMU fitness instructor and junior public relations student from Miami. “Our classes keep students excited about losing weight and toning bodies.”

“Not only do we offer classes that improve the body, but we also offer Latin dance and walking programs in the space that’s currently accessible.”

The center sponsors programs such as the Fittest Rattler Contest, nutrition and fitness seminars, and “Ladies Night” fitness hours on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m.

Roby said the new building would include a 16,000-square-foot weight room and cardiovascular center, a 3,400-square-foot aerobic and group exercise room, and a rock-climbing wall. In addition, lockers, showers and a juice bar room will be provided.

“I am very excited about the new student recreational facility,” said Larry O. Rivers, the student body president. “It will give students a better opportunity to train, get in shape, enjoy intramural activities, and participate in health-oriented camps in addition to what is already being offered.”

Rivers said the construction of phase one of the state-of-the-art resistance buildings has been paid off by a Capital Improvement Trust Fund. “Although phase two is expected to include a whirlpool, sauna and steam room, it is still waiting for funding,” Rivers said.

The fitness center can be reached at (850) 412-7281. The Department of Campus Recreation can be reached at (850) 599-3785. Both offices are located in the Student Union.