Suffolk students and others on campus can now shape up at the new, state-of-the art Smith Fitness Center opening its doors in the Ridgeway Building as the 2016 fall semester begins.
“I really love how everything looks, and I am very excited to work out in this big and beautiful space,” said sophomore Patricia Huynh. “Everyone wants to get fit nowadays, and I’m sure this is going to be a popular place on campus. And it’s so accessible to public transportation.”
The 5,800-square-foot facility, complete with a 13-foot-high ceiling, holds 26 cardio machines, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, and spin bikes. It has 1,200 square feet of heavy lifting space with free weights and benches, and 10 units of circuit training equipment are available. A group-fitness room will be used for yoga, Zumba, and the like, and the all-purpose center includes changing rooms and shower areas.
The fitness center is named for alumni Michael S. Smith ’61 and Larry E. Smith ’65 in recognition of their leadership philanthropy on behalf of the University.
It occupies the street-level space that for 25 years held the Suffolk Bookstore, which is now in Sargent Hall.
Graduate student Ian Gawron was a bit wide-eyed as he stepped into the new fitness center for the first time.
“I like to work out, so I’ve been looking forward to the opening, and the place looks great,” he said. “There are so many different pieces of equipment to choose from; it has everything you need.”
Director of Athletics Cary McConnell said: “We’re very excited about this new fitness center because everyone – students, faculty and staff – will have a place on campus where they can come together to interact and meet their fitness needs. WE are very grateful for Michael and Larry Smith’s generosity to the University over the years, particularly their attention to the athletics program.
“One of our major goals is to make the facility a place for people to come in and get a good workout, relieve some stress, and lead a healthy lifestyle, and we made the hours flexible enough so they can use the facility before work, during lunch, after work, or on the weekend.”
A celebration will take place later in the semester to dedicate and officially name this exciting new space in honor of Michael and Larry Smith and their extraordinary commitment to the University.
Fitness center hours
The Smith Fitness Center’s operating hours are: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.