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Wellness and Recreation gets campus in shape

Dan Littlefield (Athletics), left, uses an overhead press machine – part of the Cybex Eagle Circuit in the East Fitness Curve of the Athletics and Wellness Center – under the direction of Keith Kenney (Athletics).

After attending an Athletic and Wellness Center orientation in the spring, James DeArce (Sociology) couldn’t wait to start using the new equipment.

DeArce is one of more than 70 faculty and staff members who have taken advantage of the Wellness and Recreation program on campus since the center opened on March 28. The program provides New Paltz faculty, staff and students with the resources to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles.

“We really want the faculty and staff to take advantage of all that we have to offer,” said Keith Kenney, coordinator of the Wellness and Recreation program.

“It is their center, as well.”

With the opening of the 57,000-squarefoot center, the campus’s exercise facilities grew from a one-room cardiovascular center in Elting Gymnasium to two fitness rooms in the new center that feature 36 new aerobic machines. The new building also includes a 1/9th-mile indoor track. Kenney said the added equipment and space allows the program to offer more services to more people.

It was also at the orientation session that DeArce, who was preparing for a triathlon, learned about the program’s one-on-one fitness consultations.

DeArce worked with Kenney who, with the advice of cross-country coach Greg Saunter, developed a training regimen that helped DeArce build stamina in running, swimming and biking.

The personal consultations were implemented by Kenney, a National Strength and Conditioning Association-certified strength and conditioning specialist and personal trainer, last year. Kenney meets with a person to determine what approach will be taken.

Kenney often works with beginners by showing them workouts that incorporate a combination of cardiovascular and weighttraining exercises. He also teaches various circuit sets on the machines that can change to suit an individual’s need and progress. In addition, Kenney is available to discuss topics like nutrition.

The Wellness and Recreation Program recently purchased a piece of equipment to help create individualized programs. The Polar Body Age System performs complete body assessments, which include measurements of weight, body fat, blood pressure and cardiovascular output. It will be available to the campus community this fall.

The program also offers aerobics, yoga and Pilates classes taught by certified instructors.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to use the college’s athletic facilities. For his training, DeArce ran on the track behind the center, swam laps in the Elting Gym pool and rented mountain bikes from the center for $10 a day.

Intramural games in such sports as flag football and basketball are offered in single elimination, one-day tournament or league formats. These are open to faculty and staff, as well.

There also are various activities in the Outdoor Pursuits program for those looking for fresh air and exercise. Campus community members can participate in such activities as hiking, kayaking and paintball.

A faculty/staff membership to the center is $50 per semester or $100 for the entire year. Some programs, like mountain bike rentals, may include an additional fee.

The Athletic and Wellness Center will be closed from Aug. 9 to 23 for scheduled maintenance. The center will reopen on Aug. 24 with reduced hours through Aug. 27. Regular fall hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 28. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sunday.

For more information, contact the Wellness and Recreation Information Line at x3914 or visit their Web site at

Contact Doug Pasquerella, coordinator of intramurals and Outdoor Pursuits, for more information about his programs, at x3917.

August 14, 2006
Volume 4, Issue 15

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