Revising Fitness

News - 13 August 2019 - Communication

In order to continue working on a future-proof Fitness, X is currently giving high priority to developing a vision and a multi-year policy plan for Fitness. Aspects being examined in this context include campus developments, fitness trends, needs and desires of users and best practices. It is also necessary to make a number of short-term adjustments to the way Fitness is currently organised.

As a consequence, from the start of the new academic year, there will be changes to the Fitness resources, organisation and options available. The main reason for these changes is the limited weight-bearing capacity of the first floor. The rubber floor does not provide a solution for this, which means the situation on the first floor of Fitness is presently unsafe and the use of heavy weights on this floor must cease within a very short time.

This, combined with the feedback from the 2019 customer satisfaction survey – in particular regarding the limited capacity of the space and the accessibility of the first floor – has led to a rearrangement of Fitness. This will be partially completed before the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.

What does the rearrangement entail?
In the new situation, the first floor will be mainly given over to cardio training, with the rowing machines and exercise bikes relocated upstairs. The platforms, bench presses, squat racks and dumbbell banks and racks will be moved downstairs.

The current Strength room will be used for the heavier strength training exercises
and there will need to be constant supervision in the room during Fitness opening hours. We are currently working hard with parties including the sports associations to examine the desired and achievable occupation of this room, also in relation to the current hours of use by the clubs. Until the new occupation is arranged, the current offering of strength training at Fitness will remain largely as it is at present. Following the rearrangement, Strength will be used for the full range of the heavier strength training activities.

The only exception to this is the deadlift platforms which are used for exercises that are part of training programmes that cannot be fully facilitated in Strength. As the deadlift plays such a central role in a number of training programmes, it has

Scheduled work
This week, changes will be made in the Fitness to provide a temporary solution for the limitations imposed by the construction. Every effort will of course be made to limit nuisance for users. Some inconvenience is unavoidable, but most equipment will be available as usual. The greatest disruption will be on 16 August, when only the beginners machines zone, treadmills, stairmasters, crosstrainers and the Synrgy area will be available; the rest of the Fitness room will be out of use and the work being carried out may causes some nuisance.

As stated earlier, the current strength sport offering in Fitness will remain largely as it is at present, until the full opening of Strength. The work is scheduled for completion as soon as possible, and by 1 November 2019 at the latest.

Consequences for users

  • This week, the work being carried out in Fitness will cause limited inconvenience.

  • A Fitness supplement will not be required to use the Strength facilities, your X subscription will suffice. Because the work on Strength will not be completed at the start of the academic year, we advise users who only want to do strength training to take out a three-month Fitness supplement. With this supplement, they can continue to use the strength training facilities in Fitness until Strength fully opens.

  • A special discount of 25% is available on all three-month Fitness supplements (available to everyone) purchased before 1 October.

  • When Strength fully opens, it will house all the heavy strength-training activities.

Fitness in the medium-term future
Parallel to this reorganisation is a programme to develop a vision and multi-year policy plan for Fitness. Aspects being examined in this context include campus developments, fitness trends, needs and desires of users and best practices.