Recreation Services offering fitness opportunities in the fall

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Although COVID-19 has caused changes around the university, Recreation Services is still offering fitness opportunities.

Beginning Aug. 17, State Gym and Beyer Hall will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Lied Recreation Center will have the same hours when it opens for workouts Aug. 19.

At all facilities, “face coverings are required when entering, exiting, and while moving about the facilities,” according to the press release.

State Gym, which is currently open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, will implement this beginning Monday.

According to the release, “face coverings may be removed only while exercising at designated spaces.”

There will be additional guidelines in place for specific programs.

“Additional guidelines may be in place for specific program activities that require the use of face coverings,” the press release said. “If the need for a spotter occurs, both participants are required to wear a face covering. Disposable masks will be available for members upon request if they do not have their own.”

At State Gym, Lied Recreation Center and Beyer Hall, certain equipment checkout will be available.

All facilities will have reduced capacity to “allow proper social/physical distancing.”

State Gym, which was renovated in 2012, includes many amenities.

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Recreation Services buildings, some areas will be closed off.

The administration office, badminton court, climbing wall, cardio and weight equipment, locker rooms and showers, pickleball, pool and table tennis will be available at State Gym.

The following services at State Gym will be closed, according to the release: the bouldering wall, day use lockers, the diving platform in the pool, drinking fountains, gymnasiums for basketball and volleyball, the hot tub, tracks for running and walking, and water volleyball and basketball.

Equipment rentals with canoes, stand-up paddle boards and kayaks are currently offered and can be picked up curbside at State Gym. 

Before checking out equipment, a Google form needs to be filled out. 

The facility features a skywalk with ellipticals that connects to Beyer Hall.

Beyer Hall will offer the athletic training room, athletic locker rooms, athletic department training and equipment room, classrooms, functional training room for designated classes only, gymnastics room, intramurals T-shirt office, locker rooms, pool and storage areas.

The basketball and volleyball courts, Beyer weight club room, day use lockers and racquetball/squash courts will not be available at Beyer Hall.

Rec Services also runs Lied Recreation Center and the Forker Building. 

At Lied, located at 518 Beach Ave., “cardio equipment, weight equipment, badminton courts, locker rooms/showers, basketball courts for shooting, volleyball courts, turf field, bouldering wall,” will be available, according to the press release.  

According to the press release, these services will not be available, “upper and lower tracks, racquetball courts, TRX area, boxing room, steam rooms.” 

According to the Iowa State Recreation Services website, “Iowa State Athletics has priority over the 1st floor track and turf area, which is closed Monday through Friday 2 p.m. till 6 p.m. during fall and spring semesters for track practice when classes are in session.”

In-person fitness classes begin Aug. 17. 

“Virtual classes will still be offered, but are moving from Instagram IGTV to WebEx,” the press release said. “This will allow us to continue to offer nearly as many classes as we have in past semesters, with a combination of in-person and online options.” 

Recreation Services also says, “In-person classes will have limited capacity and may be offered at non-traditional locations to allow for proper social/physical distancing. For example, cycling and cardio classes will be offered in East State Gym and outdoor fitness classes will be offered east of Lied (weather permitting). Pay close attention to location when registering for in-person classes,” and personal training will be provided.

“Online and in-person personal training sessions will be available,” the press release said. “Trainers will adhere to thorough cleaning procedures and social/physical distancing practices.”

Climbing walls are going to be open with limited participants and some restrictions. 

Some day trips and workshops will be available in the fall, including rock climbing and Wilderness First Aid.

Recreation Services also has events at many outdoor facilities, including the fields around Lied Recreation Center, the Maple, Willow and Larch residence halls, the Southeast Recreation Complex (located east of Jack Trice Stadium) and the Southwest Recreation Complex. They also have areas in the Forker Building on the east side of campus they use.

An update on when these places will be open and what is closed has not been provided.

All information is subjected to change.

For the latest updates on Iowa State Recreation Services, you can visit its website here and follow it (@ISURecS) on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.