Salt Lake Community College has many ways for students to be active on campus.
“Being active your first semester can impact you now, it will impact your energy, stress levels and sleep that will keep you active throughout your college years,” says Paula Nielson-Williams, a manager at the Lifetime Activities Center.
Students can work out at the LAC, which is located on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The facility has a gymnasium, indoor track, racquetball courts, basketball and other activities.
Access to the LAC is completely free. The hours for fall semester are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.
Nielson-Williams says the majority of traffic in the gym tends to be in the evenings, but it’s not too busy where you can’t work out.
To use the facility, students need to be currently enrolled and have an updated OneCard.
Students can also bring a friend or spouse to work out with. The guest cost per visit is $3, a semester pass is $45, and a yearly pass is $75.
Students and staff who visit South City Campus have free access to the Bruin Fitness Center in room 1-170. The center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
When asked to offer fitness advice to incoming students, Nielson-Williams says, “All movement counts,” and encourages students to find something they love, like going to the gym or joining a bowling class.
To develop a consistent workout, Nielson-Williams says it’s best to join a fitness class, so you feel committed to showing up every day. She adds there is an opportunity to receive credit for the lifelong wellness requirement.
If you are new to exercising, Nielson-Williams advises taking a strength training class or a body strength and tone class, which will help you learn how to work out.
Participating in extramurals or joining an athletic club also allows new students to socialize and make friends.
Some of the active courses that SLCC offers are skill-based classes such as hiking, kayaking or climbing. There are also many fitness classes to join from, including Zumba, cycling and hip-hop dance.
Lastly, SLCC fields competitive sports teams in basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball and soccer. Tryouts are held every year during each sport’s offseason.
Students can visit the Recreation section on the SLCC website for a full list of classes and sports to join.