Reopening of Xtreme Fitness Center has students excited

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Erick Cabrera , Staff Reporter

The newly reopened Xtreme Fitness Center is welcoming Golden Eagles back into the gym with some enhancements.

Featuring new rubber flooring and strength equipment, the center has expanded into former game rooms. 

James Chestnut, a business administration major, is excited for the fitness center’s reopening, saying, “I am looking forward to balancing my health and fitness with school.”

Chestnut said he is not worried about COVID-19 safety guidelines and believes only those who are vaccinated should be allowed in the facility.

Erica Santos, a computer science major, said, “I want to take advantage of this resource before I graduate, especially since it’s at no cost.” Overall, Santos is also excited about the reopening, but unlike Chestnut, she is concerned about how the center will follow COVID-19 safety guidelines.

“We’re cleaning the equipment on the top of every hour, but we’re relying on our gym patrons to clean their equipment after use,” said Jay San Luis, a fitness coordinator. 

Masks are required at all times. According to him, the center is operating at 50% capacity, and the staff follows a regular cleaning schedule to abide by health guidelines. 

The Xtreme Fitness Center reopened Oct. 4 and is currently open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Oct. 18, the hours will be extended to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Located in the basement of the University-Student Union building (U-SU), the fitness center is accessible to students at no cost, but prior registration is needed.

Showers at the center are open for students, but no towels will be provided. San Luis says students can bring their Golden Eagle One Card to the center to get registered.