With the end of the holiday season comes the season of resolutions, and one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get fit. While making good on that goal takes willpower and persistence, Centre College provides its students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the local community, the resources needed to get healthy—and stay that way.
Expanded and renovated in 2005, Sutcliffe Hall is the College’s athletic and recreation center. With state-of-the-art fitness equipment, racquetball and basketball courts, aerobics studios and more, Sutcliffe makes it possible for everyone to enjoy the personal training activities that interest him or her most.
“The ‘new’ Sutcliffe is quite a change from the digs of the past—especially during construction times when the machines were out in the hall!” says Beth Glazier-McDonald, Stodghill Professor of Religion. “Today, the exercise space is bright and airy, and the equipment is first-rate and in good condition.”
Glazier-McDonald and other members of the Centre and local community take advantage of the College’s Buck Fitness Center, which is filled with a variety of aerobic machines, plate-loaded weight machines, a punching bag and multiple sets of free weights.
Adjacent to the Buck Fitness Center are two regulation racquetball courts, equipped with hardwood flooring and a viewing balcony. Two additional regulation courts are available for recreational play.
For those who enjoy group exercise, Centre offers an array of fitness classes throughout the year. Held in the aerobics studio inside Sutcliffe, the classes are taught by experienced instructors and include everything from Pilates to aerobics-mix to speed and agility training to kickboxing.
Of course, members of the fitness club can get fit outside of Sutcliffe, too.
For underwater workouts, folks can dive into Boles Natatorium, a six-lane, 25-yard pool that was renovated in 2004. Although Boles is the home of the College’s swimming and diving team, it is open for free swim six days a week during most of the year.
Memberships to the fitness club at Centre are open to the public, and club members have access to Sutcliffe Hall and the Boles Natatorium. Three types of memberships are available: individual, individual plus one, and family. Seniors (those who are 65 years old or older) receive a discount. Centre alumni and donors at the Associate level receive special rates.
So while Centre is unable to force people off of the couch and into the gym, it does provide more than enough tools to help area residents—whether they are members of the Centre community or not—attain the fitness level they resolve to reach.