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November 21, 2013

Rec Center ranked 3rd best gym in NE Ohio

By Alberto Paneccasio

Cleveland State University’s recreation center was recently ranked third best gym in Northeast Ohio right behind Fitness Revolution and CrossFit CLE on ClevelandHotlist.com

The Cleveland State University Recreation Center is the premier fitness facility in Cleveland.

The Recreation Center features a line of routinely updated, state-of-the-art fitness equipment to meet the needs of Cleveland State University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

The number of patrons of the Cleveland State Rec Center has been growing. In the month of October it had 29,065 visits. That was second to the last February numbers when it had 31,000 visits.

These numbers include students, faculty, and alumni and non-members that swipe in at the recreation center.

“The comprehensiveness of our Rec Center, no-one can come near it, we have an Olympic size pool, instructional pool, basketball courts, squash and racquetball courts,” said Greg Ross, director of Campus Recreation Center. “Other gyms around the state cannot offer those type of facilities.”

He also said that we have been staying up to date with the latest and greatest equipment out there.

“In terms of treadmills and bikes this is our eighth year and we already turned in all the original equipment and bought new ones because they take a beating, you will never see any equipment that is broken or falling apart, like most gyms,” said Ross.

The recreation center weight room is designed for different types of workouts with cardio machines, plate-loaded strength equipment and a stretching area.

The all-access cardio row is a one-stop shop for your cardio and weight training needs with 55 pieces of equipment, including a full line of 21 machines for every type of exercise.

“I love it here, I work out twice a week sometimes three to four times a week, the recreation center is one of the best places on campus and it’s the best feature in my eyes the college offers and is why I choose Cleveland State,” said Demetrius Williams, junior special education major at Cleveland State.

To access the recreation center, students enrolled in one credit hour get in free. The Cleveland State recreation center sells community memberships as well.

The facilities also include a boxing circuit, circuit training, group X classes (Total toning, CSU 90x Plyo, Aqua shallow, Aqua deep, AM cardio, ABS 15, Cardio sculpt classes).

Classes on cycling, yoga, zumba, 158, TRX, tabata and personal training are also offered.
It was the first recreation center in the area to purchase a state-of-the-art multipurpose trainer. This features monkey bars, battle ropes, and a rebounder for solo medicine ball workouts.

During the course of the semester we get 30-40% of students that swipe in. While 18% come every day to the recreation center. A total of 1300 non-student members visit the recreation center for their workout routines.

“The recreation center does not lock you into a long term contract, you can join for a month, a year whatever you want you can keep paying monthly because we are a low pressure gym unlike other gyms out there,” said Ross.

One aspect the Recreation Center wanted to do this year was give back to students that were taking a full course load (12-18 credit hours).

More than 6,000 students were eligible for an “All Class Pass” – a new program that the Rec Center offering full time students to take any fitness class for free all semester.

The Recreation Center gave out 735 passes out to students this semester so far which is a $75 value. That is totaling $55,125 to students.

“I feel we have something for everyone here, it doesn’t matter what you’re interested in whether its sports or fitness related we have it and we will get you there,” said Ross.

The Cleveland State University Recreation Center is open Monday- Thursday from 5:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday 5:45 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday- Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.