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This school year, both the Indian and Colonial Fitness Centers’ hours have been shifted earlier in response to the feedback Campus Recreation was able to obtain from students.

There are four fitness centers on the University at Albany’s main campus: one by the SEFCU Arena, one on Empire Commons, one at Indian Quad, and the last in the basement of Colonial Quad.

Historically, the SEFCU Fitness Center has been open earlier than the two Quad gyms.

The gyms at Indian and Colonial were open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the weekends.

The new hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday. The weekend schedule remains the same.

Sarah Wolanin, assistant director of facility operations at Campus Recreation, said the schedule makeover was based off usage data from the past two years as well as student feedback in wanting the quad fitness centers to open earlier than 11 a.m.

She believes the change will balance out the schedule for all the facilities to accommodate as many students as possible.

When asked about how closing earlier would affect the students who get out of class later in the day, Wolanin referred back to the usage data.

“We attempt to take all data into account but our 2016-17 and 2017-18 usage data revealed that more students attend the facilities during opening hours as opposed to closing hours,” said Wolanin. “Also, a larger demand was shown by students to open up earlier rather than closing later.”

Students who have night classes would benefit from the shift according to Wolanin, who said that they could now work out earlier or go to the SEFCU gym for later hours.

Several weeks into the new schedule, students have differing views on its convenience.

Keshawn Clarke, a junior, explained that opening at 10 a.m. helps him because now he does not have to rush out the gym to get ready for class.

“My class starts at 2 o’clock and my workouts are usually two hours so now I have an hour gap from when I leave the gym to when class starts, so now I can shower thoroughly and prepare what I need for my next lecture,” he said.

Some students, like Gabriel Ramos, are unaffected by the change since their usual workouts are in the middle of the day.

Meanwhile, Joshua Spaulding, a senior, may have to cut his workout short.

“I usually workout around 9 o’clock because I ended class late and spend usually an hour and a half in the gym so hopefully I can still get a good workout in before they close but let’s see how it goes,” he said.

This schedule is permanent for the 2018-19 school year, but the 2019-20 schedule will be based off what Campus Recreation finds in their usage data this year.

 

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