Campus Recreation Grand Opening

Take tours, see demonstrations and enjoy giveaways during the Monday Grand Opening of the renovated Campus Recreation Center.


Video by: Amy Mariani | USF News


By Jenna Withrow

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (August 22, 2011) – Several words have been used to describe the renovated Campus Recreation Center: amazing, huge, awesome, cool, fantastic.


Now one word describes it best: open.


The Recreation Center is celebrating its new facelift with a Grand Opening Monday, Aug. 22. Festivities are scheduled throughout the day.


The day begins at 6:30 a.m. with a spin class in the new cycling studio. Early birds can grab breakfast-on-the-go beginning at 7:30. In the afternoon, the main level will house exhibits and demonstrations by Apple, fitness equipment vendors, Student Health Services, the Counseling Center, University Police, USF Health and more.


Throughout the entire day, visitors can take guided tours of the new facility. A new tour begins every 30 minutes. The Fitness Staff will be on hand to give free fitness orientations. Free lunch will be served as well.


With Week of Welcome in full swing, Campus Recreation will remain open through the night to host its annual Campus Tradition event “After Hours.” This fitness party will feature a Zumbathon, Cardio Funk Fest, music spun by a live DJ from the student radio station WBUL, plenty of activities and, of course, free food. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. and ends at midnight.


In honor of the grand opening, USF faculty and staff members are invited to use the facility for free until August 28.


Members check in on the main level, which features cardio machines and the new two-court gymnasium. Above the main level is the track level, where members can run indoors. The lower level houses strength and conditioning machines, as well as the new personal training suite, group fitness room and cycling studio.


With so much new equipment, there are bound to be a few questions on how to use it. The main and lower levels each have an information desk that will be staffed with trained fitness employees. These staff members, the majority of who are students, are available to teach members about the new equipment.


The new layout of the Center was designed for members of all abilities. The main level has an elevator that can be used to access both the track and lower level. Several of the new fitness machines are handicap-accessible.


While burning some calories on one of the 120 new cardio machines, members can use the machines’ interactive screens to surf the Internet, watch television, play games like Sudoku or Solitaire and stream music, videos and movies by plugging in their iPod or iPhone. Members can also sync their Nike+ account with the machines. On one group of treadmills, members who create a user account can stream on-demand music then create and save playlists that can be accessed the next time they visit the Center.


The 1/10 of a mile indoor running track is suspended over the new two-court gymnasium. The running direction on the track will alternate throughout the week to help runners prevent muscle damage. Members will run to the left on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and to the right on all other days.


The Campus Recreation Center offers memberships to all USF students, faculty, staff, Alumni Association members, USF family members, Moffitt Cancer Center staff and VA Hospital staff. All memberships require a current USF ID card.


For more information on the Campus Recreation Center, click here. To find out more about other activities and healthy living at USF, read USF News' special report.


Jenna Withrow covers student activities and events at USF. She can be reached at 813-974-0331.