Fitness Center hours reduced for TSSAA, remodeling, winter break

As the semester wraps up, the fitness center has many new improvements planned to for the new year.

There are changes in the hours the fit is available as the semester ends, along with the appearance, as another year rapidly approaches.

Due to the limited amount of parking during the TSSAA tournament this weekend, the fitness center will be closed though Saturday. Sunday, the Fit will open back up during its regular hours.

Dec. 16, the second floor of the Fit will be closing. To compensate for the loss of all of the second floor equipment there will be a makeshift cardiovascular area set up in one of the gyms.

Over the break, the carpet and tile flooring on both the first and second floors will be replaced. According to assistant director of the fitness center, Suzann Hensley, the second floor of the fit is 20-years-old and the floors have never been replaced.

“We are more than excited about this replacement,” Hensley said.

A lot of the CV and weight equipment will be replaced. Several of the new pieces are combo machines, which allow for more than one workout on an individual piece of equipment.

One of the new pieces of equipment is the summit trainer, which is a combination of an elliptical and a stair climber.

“We’ve never had a piece of equipment like it before, it’s very unique and new on the market,” Hensley said.

Not only are there going to be new floors and new weights, there will also be new deck drains around the pool.

Extensive cleaning and painting of the whole fitness center are planned as well.

“It’s a lot of fun when everyone comes back because we are going to have lots of new stuff that is well over due,” Hensley said. “It is going to look new, smell new, and feel new.”

The fit will reopen Jan. 3 with limited hours until Jan. 12 when the hours will return to normal.