When students are asked about desired features for new facilities, the top request has consistently been for increased cardio and strength-training space. Students often move their workouts to stairwells and hallways due to lack of space and often wait in long lines to use preferred equipment. The planned expansion boasts almost three times more fitness space, with designated areas for powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and specialized training — amenities Rec Sports is currently unable to offer due to space constraints.
Participation in fitness programs such as Group Fitness, Personal Training, and Small Group Training also continues to increase, reflecting trends seen at the national level. In order to prepare for continued growth and future interest, Rec Sports facilities are in desperate need of expansion.
“Madison is a great school, full of resources and opportunities,” wrote one student in response to a survey. “The only downfall is the recreation centers. They’re outdated and sub-par compared to other Big Ten schools.”
UW students have many reasons to be proud of their school. Creating additional fitness space goes beyond addressing the demand for more room. Providing students with the fitness spaces they need (and are asking for) also contributes to their sense of satisfaction and lifelong pride in being a Badger.