SAIT weight room too small to handle big crowds

Patrons and staff of SAIT’s weight room say it is too crowded during high traffic times for the size of the facility.

“The weight room is pretty small for the amount of traffic,” said Jared Hidber, the recreational programmer for SAIT Athletics and Recreation in charge of student intramurals, group fitness, and personal training.

While the weight room is well equipped with a variety of machines and is otherwise satisfactory, Hidber says getting a bigger space in the future would be beneficial.

Calm Before The Storm: Students and staff work out at the SAIT weight room during a rare non-peak time on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Photo by Zenna Wilberg /The Press)
Calm Before The Storm: Students and staff work out at the SAIT weight room during a rare non-peak time on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Photo by Zenna Wilberg /The Press)

Morgan Garvin, a multimedia developer for SAIT, has been using the weight room for the past five years, since he was a student at SAIT.

Garvin uses the fitness facilities on campus 2-3 times a week due to the convenience, but says, “The weight room is too small.”

With an estimated 500 patrons daily, but capacity for only 60-100, there is not enough space in the weight room during high traffic times.

The weight room is open to SAIT students, staff, and the public.

Equipped with cardio equipment, squat racks, and other fitness equipment, the space is often packed during peak times.

Hidber says although the weight room is open to the public, students are the biggest users of the facility.

The weight room is too small. — Morgan Garvin

Therefore, the weight room tends to be utilized by the majority of patrons during the same times.

Peak times include 7-9 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and 3-5:30 p.m.

For a list of fitness centre fees and hours, visit the SAIT Wellness Centre website.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Zenna Wilberg is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2016-17 academic year.