Sullivan Complex has a lot to offer students

Anna Chiu | The Free Press

Posted on October 19, 2012 in Chiu On This, Sports
By Anna Chiu

USM’s own Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex may be a hidden gold mine for health and fitness in Portland. This multipurpose facility features two air-conditioned fitness centers, three basketball courts, three racquetball courts, a squash court and two multipurpose rooms. Unlike other gyms, the Sullivan Complex offers discounted exercise classes and services that surpass other competitors in town. Have you been taking advantage of the Sullivan gym? Many students around campus don’t know or are unsure of its many features.

 The fitness center contains a free weight area, rower machines, treadmills, tread climbers, stationary bikes, steppers and ellipticals. It also features all the lifting equipment essentials for muscle building and maintenance. The body shop is a more limited but quieter room for those who like privacy, but it has all the same cardio machines and weights. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced lifter, there is an exercise regimen for all.The gym also offers many services intended to make life easier for students and its members. Do you always forget your gym clothes or never have room in your backpack? For a small fee, the laundry service takes care of your gym clothes after your workout. Other services include full and half locker rentals, towel service and equipment rentals. So if you came to the gym right after class, you can throw your backpack in your own locker while you work out. With towel service, there’s no need to bring your own for a quick shower. Do your muscles sometimes feel cramped after a hard workout? The locker rooms have a dry sauna for muscle relaxation and stress relief. Most sports clubs in Portland don’t have saunas available which is another reason to utilize the gym.

 Group exercises are becoming more popular and diverse yet expensive at many gyms and studios. Students can dodge those pricey fees by enrolling in the gym’s classes such as military style boot camp or the popular dance inspired zumba class.  For just $10 a semester, students can take classes such as step aerobics, belly dancing, spinning and yoga. Classes are taught by fully trained and knowledgeable instructors. For those who need that extra push for a good workout, this is a convenience that a group of friends can afford and have fun.