Meredith Herald Volume XI, Issue 15 January 18, 1995 Raleigh, North Carolina New fitness center designed for women's needs by Clarky Lucas Meredithstudents are working out their bodies as well as their minds now that the new fitness center has opened. The new facility is located at the rear ofthe Weatherspoon Gymnasium. Not only does it house a fitness center, but it provides an improved dance studio and six offices. “The departmental goal is to pro vide a safe environment where women feel comfortable to exercise,” said Dr. Cindy Dross. Determining what the needs of the student body are and howto fulfill them prompted the exploration of types of equipment to be featured in the center. We wanted machines that fitted and adjusted to women’s bodies, worked smoothly, and require low maintenance, said Dross. Dy going to different places to try fitness equipment, members of the physical education department de cided that Cybex equipment was the best on the market for what Meredith needed. Construction of the building be gan around the spring semester of 1994 and ended during the Christmas holiday break. Al though the facility has opened, there are still plans for ad- ditio n al decorating by hanging cloth kites from the ceil ing and plac ing female anatomical charts on the wall, said Dross. “It has great equip ment. It’s beautiful and I look for ward to working out,” said Kelly Pergerson, junior. The dance studio is not yet com plete because the floor is not entirely down. So far students have been pouring into the orientation sessions which photo by Jan Seate/Laura Ross Fitness center promotes sound minds and bodies. are re quired for all those who want to use the fitness center. Students are in structed on how to use the car diovas cular and weight equip ment. “We e X - pected a lot of par ticipa tion be cause we have had to orientate all of thestudents. Next year we’ll only have to worry about orientating the fresh men,” said Dross. The facility is open only to Meredith students, faculty and staff. To be admit ted, a student must bring a camcard and a towel. The center is open Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-9p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 1- 5 p.m. and Sun 1-4 p.m. There is a limit to 25 people allowed in the fitness center at one time. Decause the fitness center is so new, there will be gradual changes in the way it is being run such as students no longer being able to reserve cardio vascular equipment, said Dross. A supervisor will usually be present in the center during lunch hours and sometimes during the evenings. A guard will also be present at the center while the pool is open. Orientation sessions this week wiU take place Jan. 18, 3-4 p.m. and 4:30- 5:30 pm., Jan. 19, 3:45- 4:45 pm. and 5:15-6:15 p.m. and Jan. 20,12-1 p.m. “Many students cannot afford to join a spa and want to work out. We wanted a facility students could be proud of, and we encourage them to come, “ said Dross. Strength training is being empha sized for everyone, not just the ath letes, said Dross. It helps to maintain bone density, stabilizes joints, and cre ates more muscle mass so that more calories are burned. Dross said. Staying in shape has many healthy alternatives by Arinn Dixon 0. K.. SO it’s New Year’s Resolution time. Can you believe it’s here already? And I will put money on the assump tion that losing weight is included in the resolutions of about four-fifths of the Meredith population. Can we help it? No, it’s what fe males do. Since I am a female and I know wlut you guys are going through, I took it upon myself to gather some information about getting started on the weight loss kick. I have broken down my findings into three catego ries. 1. The Club - Fitness centers are popping up all over Raleigli and the newest fad is to join. These places have weight machines, treadmills, stairmasters, stationary bikes, free weights and anything else you can think of. They also have a little added bonus: these amazingly well-propor tioned foreign men that will willingly become your “personal trainer. ” Mind you, I haven’t seen any female per sonal trainers. It must take that iron pumping skill that we women just don’t possess. Anyway, there are a few clubs that are very popular in Raleigh. a. YMCA on Hillsborough St. - The Y has only year-long member ships. Their student rate is $100 to join and $24 for every month after ward. You may think this is really see FITNESS page seven photo by Jan Seate/Laura Ross Meredith students can avoid the high costs of fitness by biking or walking on the Meredith mile.