As of 5 a.m. on November 4, the Hulsey Wellness Center is now open for student and employee use.
As students step foot in the new building, one of the first things they see is a 30-foot climbing wall. It is equipped with a self-belaying system, which allows students to climb without a person holding the rope at the bottom of the wall.
“For people who like adventure, there’s nothing like it around,” Phil Garver, dean of the School of P.E., Health, and Wellness, says about the climbing wall.
Also on the main floor is the center’s state-of-the-art fitness floor, which is equipped with treadmills, elliptical training machines, and weight machines. Each of the 20 treadmills has a TV hooked up to cable. In addition, the fitness floor has four big-screen TVs that have FM transmitters so that people may listen to the TV of their choice on portable radios. In these ways, those exercising can enjoy entertainment without any music or TV audio being played out loud in the building.
The fitness floor also features a virtual personal trainer. The first time people go to work out, an employee will walk them through the setup process. They will enter information such as height, weight, and desired results from their workout program. Then every time they come to work out they simply swipe their ID card and the system tells them which machines to use and how long to use them. In this way every person working out at the center will be able to get a personalized workout.
Directly above the fitness floor is an indoor walking track, which overlooks the aerobic equipment. Around the corner is the human performance lab, a lab with technology on par with the best human performance labs in the nation. This will allow physical education majors to do hands-on testing that was not possible in the past.
Moving up to the third floor, students find the largest classroom on campus, which will seat 160 students. Classes with large enrollment, such as Fitness for Life and Health for Life, will meet in this room instead of the gym lobby where they were previously held. The room also has a small kitchen where vegan and vegetarian cooking classes can be taught.
The Wellness Center will also include a therapy pool, which is still under construction and is expected to be completed by January.