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Membership rates for the Bradshaw Fitness Center were recently finalized as members of the University community begin utilizing the newly purchased exercise facility located next to campus.
All students automatically gained membership to the facility when they registered for the spring, with a $100 addition to their student fees covering their membership to the 80,000-square-foot facility. Student membership for the Bradshaw was previously offered for a $99 optional fee per semester.
Whit Goodwin, director of student life, said faculty and staff members can also join the Bradshaw for a $20 monthly fee. Goodwin added that he hopes staff and faculty members as well as students will use the center and its diverse offerings, which include several swimming pools, a full-size basketball court, an indoor running track, free weights and many other facilities that are listed here. Gym members can also take part in the group aquatic and fitness classes taught at the center throughout the day.
Gym members can travel to and from the Bradshaw in a complimentary shuttle that departs every 30 minutes starting at 3 p.m. It stops at three pick-up locations around campus: near the Brown Administrative Complex, in front of the Lake House and at the Husky Village Clubhouse.
Paulette Cole, administrative assistant in the office of the provost, said she opted to pay the monthly fee and has begun to use her membership, adding that she enjoys the gym’s proximity to the University. “As a commuter, this membership is perfect for me,” she said. “I can go to the gym right after work, and I don’t have to worry about working out after I drive home.”
The facility will extend its hours at the beginning of next week, staying open until midnight on weekdays, 9 p.m. on Saturdays and midnight on Sunday. The gym was previously open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends.
Many students have begun using the Bradshaw and congregated to watch the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9.
Freshman Melody Mendez, who attended the event, said she thinks the addition of the center will help more students live healthier lives. “I’m really excited about the new wellness center,” she said. “I think it will give students an incentive to lead healthier lifestyle while enhancing their college experience.”
Reubin Turner contributed reporting.