Cutting to the Chase: Campus Rec

By on June 11, 2013
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The UAB Campus Recreation Center offers students, faculty, staff and alumni the best opportunities for fitness in the area. The 150,000 square foot facility offers something for everybody. Katelyn Deans/Staff Photographer

The UAB Campus Recreation Center offers students, faculty, staff and alumni the best opportunities for fitness in the area. The 150,000 square foot facility offers something for everybody. Katelyn Deans/Staff Photographer

We live in a society that is becoming more and more health conscious every day. We are reminded about nutrition and calories and fat grams with each label on every edible item we purchase.

Every time you turn around, there seems to be a new shake, pill, or diet craze designed to separate individuals from their hard earned cash with promises of large amounts of weight loss without having to do any of the real work.

Let’s face it if it were that easy to lose weight and get in shape, then everyone would do it, and if everyone could just pop a pill and lose all of their excess body fat, then how special would being physically fit really be? It’s the hard work, sweat, and pain that goes into working out that pays dividends and UAB has found an affordable way to help integrate physical activity into the lives of students, faculty, and alumni.

Just the other day, I found this great little place located right in the middle of campus adjacent to Commons on the Green called the Campus Recreation Center. This mega gym has over 150,000 square feet of space and is listed as one of the top 25 Most Amazing Campus Student Recreation Centers in the country by Best College Reviews, and literally has everything you could possibly need for all your fitness and/or recreational desires.

Of course, there are free weights, treadmills, workout bikes, and yoga, but in addition to those options, the UAB Rec Center has a climbing wall, a four-court gym, a large Olympic styled swimming pool with an Aquatics Center, which includes lap lanes, and a hot tub, as well as a number of water aerobics classes and activities.

The Recreation Center covers three floors, which contain a total of 5 racquet ball courts, four aerobic studios, a Game Room Corridor, PowerZone, KidZone, an indoor track that extends 1/8 of a mile located on the third floor, as well as an outdoor pursuit’s center. There are also personal trainers available.

The Campus Recreation Center’s mission statement, “To enhance quality of life for the UAB community through providing experiential learning, health and wellness programs and quality customer service in a state-of-the-art facility,” coupled with the vision of “continuously promoting a healthy lifestyle for the UAB community,” is what makes this facility truly special. The Campus Recreation Center has a wide array of amenities ranging from facility rental to equipment checkout. Members can grab a lite snack at the Power Zone in between workouts, and if you happen to forget something at home, simply stop by the Pro Shop and pick up anything from mouthwash to swim goggles to use during or after a workout.

One of the most exciting elements associated with the Campus Recreation Center is the number of competitive sports, team leagues, and tournament events members are able to engage in. Whether you like softball, kickball, billiards, badminton, fantasy football, table tennis, flag football, basketball, indoor soccer, or volleyball, it’s all available at the Campus Rec. If your sport of choice isn’t available, you can organize your own club sport and challenge your friends to join in.

So how does one become a member? There are a number of membership options available, stop by the Campus Rec or simply call 205-934-8224 for more information.

Chase Coleman
Senior Sraff Writer
chasecole@uab.edu

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