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Athletes disappointed with center

Limited size forces students elsewhere

By Mike Thomas, sports editor
On April 8, 2014

  • Psychol- ogy major Sean Harris does a rep at a bench press in the Fitness Center on Monday. Christian Urrutia / The Advocate

While professors in the physical education department defend the equipment and recent upgrades and improvements in the college Fitness Center, student-athletes are nearly unanimous in their belief that it is too small, too crowded and some of its equipment is inaccessible.
"The Fitness Center is cool, but there are not enough machines (available) because the football team is always on them," softball player Cierra Streater said. "I think the football team has high priority in the Fitness Center and it's not fair for the other sports teams."
But Comet running back Davonte Sapp-Lynch would rather work out at 24-Hour Fitness than CCC's Fitness Center, which is housed in the 42-year-old Gym Annex Building.
"I prefer to go to 24-Hour Fitness because it's bigger and has more space for me to work out in," he said. "I get a better workout there because there are more machines there."
"In the five years I've been here, (the Fitness Center) has steadily improved," center coordinator Nikki Ferguson, who doubles as the college's women's soccer coach, said. "We're just trying to move forward and find other ways to improve. We can constantly talk about what we don't have and worry about what we do have."
While students and faculty agree that the center is relatively small, CCC athletes are still making good use of the facility.
Ferguson said he is looking to improve the machines and weights, and has done so since he became the coordinator.
The physical education department seeks to improve the Fitness Center every semester, and has made progress and improved the center each year by bringing in new treadmills and elliptical machines with their department budget, and with the help of the Associated Student Union student activity fee. These latest machines cost approximately $4,000, Ferguson said.
The Fitness Center also has limited resources when it comes to individual weights, and some students said the football players monopolize the free weights in the center, limiting the ability of others to use them.
Other Bay Area community college campuses, like City College of San Francisco and Chabot College, have two-leveled fitness centers full of workout equipment. And the buildings housing their workout centers have been recently renovated and stocked with the latest equipment.
Softball player Liliana Reyes said, "If (CCC) had the Chabot College fitness center, I would make time just to go to the gym to work out."
Some students said even their high school weight rooms had more space and better equipment than the CCC Fitness Center.
Physical education department Chairperson Beth Goehring said, "If we could get bond money to remodel the (Gym Annex Building), we could probably get two levels for the Fitness Center - cardio upstairs and weights downstairs."
However, currently there are no plans to renovate the building other than adding an elevator to its exterior that would bring it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Before GA-50 became the Fitness Center, it used to be a room that housed gymnastics equipment used in P.E. classes. Later it became the college weight room and then, in 2004, the college turned it into the Fitness Center.
"When we got rid of our gymnastics program, it turned into the weight room," Goehring said about the evolution of the Fitness Center. "When we changed the focus of the room to fitness (in 2004), we brought in more equipment."
The Fitness Center is accessible to any CCC student, but to use the center, a student has to be enrolled in the Personal Growth in Fitness (PE 98A-D) or Fitness Training (PE 102A-D) classes, or be in a P.E. class supervised by an instructor who is using the facility.
Students who have already completed all of these classes can still use the Fitness Center by paying a $15 fee per semester to use the center in a non-credit class, Goehring said.
"Students can sign up anytime during the semester or they can sign up for the weight training class," Goehring said. 

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