Quinnipiac University students can now use the new cardio wing and attend fitness classes in the new studios of the renovated recreation and wellness center.
The new center includes a yoga studio, a large dance studio, a Zen room with outdoor access and a new cardio wing, all of which opened to students on October 24.
Tami Reilly, director of fitness and wellness, said the new cardio wing has new treadmills, ellipticals and step-mills and there will be rowers, bikes and a row of heavy bags at the coming. The new equipment includes built-in technology allowing students to watch TV, sync their smartwatches and charge their phones wirelessly while at the facility.
“We’ve also moved all dance-based fitness classes into the big dance studio, we haven’t got all of our equipment set up yet, so that’s why we’ve only moved that room,” Reilly said. “We have our barre classes, our Zumba, our balletone and we’ve all moved to the new studio.”
Reilly said she hopes students who may have been intimidated by the old space will feel more comfortable and inclined to attend class.
“I’m very excited to offer a different take on what fitness and wellness can be,” Reilly said. “It’s so much more than just (getting) on the treadmill.”
In addition to new studios and amenities, there are a variety of outdoor spaces coming to the new center, such as outdoor seating surrounding the building, an amphitheater and a rain garden, Reilly said. Additionally, she said the average dance studio will have a retractable wall with an outdoor patio so students can take classes outside as well.
Reilly said some of the classes that will be offered include more meditations, bootcamp-style classes like “buttocks and guts,” and a “gymology” class, which is a class that focuses on educating new users. on how to lift and exercise correctly.
Students can register for a host of student-taught courses 24 hours in advance by logging into the IMLeagues website using their Quinnipiac email address.
Ellie Bissell, a 3+1 junior biology major and balletone instructor, said balletone is a ballet-based fitness class that requires no dance experience and takes movements inspired by ballet and dance and puts them into a fitness format.
“I love it when new people come to see what balletone is, it’s a very specialized thing, everyone knows what Zumba is, what spin is…but balletone is pretty unique and not very popular yet,” Bissell said.
Alyssa Carroll, a junior political science student and Zumba instructor, wrote in an email to the Chronicle that the new space has a lot more room with “incredible views” of the Quad and the library.
Carroll wrote that the new space “certainly has its upsides,” such as a new sound system being installed and more natural lighting. However, she said she still felt like she was teaching in a construction zone.
“Technically the room is not ready to use as the speakers are still covered (we are using temporary speakers in the corner of the room) and it looks like a water fill station is being installed, so I would almost prefer to wait teaching until the hall is in all its glory,” Carroll wrote.
Students can use the new cardio wing Monday-Thursday and Sunday 4-11pm, Friday 4-9pm and Saturday 4-7pm
Michael Dieli, an undeclared freshman major, used a treadmill in the new cardio wing and said the equipment was definitely an improvement over previous facilities.
“It was a bit confusing at first because there were so many gadgets and apps you could use…but it’s really interesting that you can watch things, they have a Kindle app so you can read while you run or walk, which I thought was really cool,” Dieli said.
The Recreation and Wellness Center will have even more spaces available for students this Thanksgiving, Reilly said. Additionally, she said the juice bar and some tweaks will come in January, which will mark the completion of the new center.
“Moving to the finale, I think we can do some fun programming in there to get people to relax and de-stress before we go into the finale,” Reilly said. “We will be back ready to use the whole building in January.”