PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State has unveiled a new, state-of-the-art fitness facility on campus.
Located in recently renovated Hood Hall on Rugar Street, the workout room serves as a satellite location to the campus’s primary Fitness Center in Memorial Hall and is open to on-campus students and members of the college’s Fitness Program.
“I just see this as a natural extension (and) up-growth of our successful program,” Fitness Center Director Matthew Salvatore said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility on Tuesday.
“I’m excited to be a part of it.”
The Hood Hall location features exercise equipment, including three treadmills, three stationary bikes, an arc trainer, an elliptical, free weights, dumbbells and both a smith and a bench press.
Also available is a cable-crossover machine with an interactive console, which acts as a virtual trainer.
“There’s a little bit of something to meet most individual’s fitness needs,” Salvatore said in a separate interview with the Press-Republican.
“Members can reserve some of the equipment, so it’s available to them when they want it.”
The new facility was made possible by the joint efforts of the college’s administration, College Foundation, Student Association and College Auxiliary Services.
The foundation, which raises about $500,000 a year in unrestricted gifts for Plattsburgh State, provided $24,000 to the project, allowing for the purchase of some of the high-quality workout equipment.
“The idea behind this (the College Foundation) is that we want these gifts that are made from many, many, many alumni to impact as many students as possible, so I think that this facility is a perfect type of project for the foundation to get behind,
” said Anne Hansen, vice president for institutional advancement at Plattsburgh State and director of the College Foundation.
Since its conception nearly 20 years ago, Plattsburgh State’s Fitness Program has been utilized by thousands of students, according to Peter Luguri, former chair of the college’s Fitness Center Advisory Board.
Luguri put together the proposal for the original Fitness Center in Memorial Hall and has been pleased to watch it expand over the years.
Now, about 60 percent of the student body participate in the college’s fitness program, Salvatore said.
The Hood Hall Fitness Center is open from 8 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; from noon to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday; and from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Fitness Center staff are always on site during operating hours to provide equipment orientations and demos.
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