RecPlex Reopens Its Doors

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

Just in time for the post-holiday, mid-winter doldrums, the refurbished Flynn Recreation Complex - boasting an expanded fitness center - has opened its doors.

Having completed an $8 million renovation that began last May, on Jan. 10 the RecPlex formally welcomed members of the University community to tour and use its facilities.

The 29-year-old building has been improved "from top to bottom," according to the RecPlex's director, Senior Associate Athletic Director Edward B. Carroll. Among the improvements are new interior lighting, ventilation systems, ceilings, courts and playing surfaces, and upgraded locker room and sauna facilities.

In addition to the all-sport surfaces that cover the playing areas in the twin field houses, the wooden parquet floor previously used in Conte Forum has been relocated to the RecPlex's east wing as a basketball and exercise area, Carroll said.

Carroll credited trade workers from the University's Facilities Services shops for doing "a truly outstanding job" in ensuring that the remodeled RecPlex was ready for the start of the new semester.

"We have so much more than we ever had before," Carroll said. "It's not just the facility itself, but the fact that we have added three professional fitness trainers to our staff. I really hope that faculty and staff members will take advantage of it."

Chris Giovanis, '02, goes through his paces last week in the Fitness Center of the renovated Flynn Recreation Center, which offers a range of new facilities and programs to the University community. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

The renovated RecPlex's most prominent feature is the 6,600-square foot fitness center, located on the first floor and newly constructed mezzanine level of the building's north wing. Offering three times the fitness and training equipment previously available in the facility, the unit has the latest in computerized exercise machines, including 22 stationary bicycles, 16 stair climbers, 15 treadmills, eight rowing machines, a new Nautilus resistance training machine circuit and nearly two tons of free weights.

The center will also provide three professional fitness counselors to assist members of the Boston College community in designing and implementing a proper fitness regimen for their individual age, weight and lifestyle. The counselors, all of whom have experience in adult fitness programs, will assist patrons in evaluating their particular fitness needs and developing a personalized exercise program.

"Our goal is to increase the number of faculty and staff who use our facility on a regular basis," said Frank Locascio, manager of the fitness center's strength and fitness program. "This is not just for students. We want to help more people get involved with fitness on a daily basis. We want to cut down on people's time, and at the same time increase their gains."

The new fitness center will be a key link in of the University's Challenge Program, eight-week sessions that are dedicated to improving the total wellness of individuals in the community. The program, which offers information on nutrition and physical and spiritual wellness, will be expanded to include fitness evaluations, cardio-vascular workouts, and exercise classes to be held in early morning and/or lunchtime periods, Locascio said.

For more information on RecPlex programs and facilities, call ext.2-3035.  

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