- By Emma Gomes, Staff Writer -
Two decades have passed since the last renovation of Meredith College’s Fitness Center. On Aug. 28 the grand opening of the new Lowery Fitness Center revealed a 5,400 sq. ft. expansion. Ms. Ann Lowery ‘74, co-chair of Meredith’s Beyond Strong Campaign, is the Angel responsible for funding the project. Her contribution, as well as several other helping hands, brought this highly anticipated facility to life.
Erica Roelofs, director of the Fitness Center, acknowledges the hard work put into the project by stating that “this renovation could not have been possible if it weren’t for everyone who had come together to make it happen.” The expansion has made room for more equipment including over 30 cardio machines, free weights, kettlebells, and all-purpose gym mats. These will prove to be beneficial not only to students and athletes, but physical education classes as well.
Although Meredith College no longer funds a program to obtain student trainers, the staff at the Lowery Fitness Center are knowledgeable about the equipment and are adequately trained to assist students. Roelof notes that “in the past, many students had gym memberships out in the community, but since the remodel, the usage rate has quadrupled.” The new space allows for students to stay active in a variety of ways with a sick soundtrack to keep them motivated. For the beginner, for the athlete, for the determined, the Lowery Fitness center is for everyone.