Faculty, staff can test-drive new fitness equipment for free

UCCS Recreation Center

UCCS Recreation Center

Brand new equipment and access to facilities at no cost might be the push some people need to start their own fitness programs.

At least that’s what UCCS Recreation Center administrators are hoping. Matt Gaden, director, invited faculty and staff to take advantage of the center at no charge before the fall semester begins. Tim Stoecklein, associate director, says those who come will see new equipment.

“We’ve recently added several brand new pieces of equipment to our collection of exercise machines upstairs,” Stoecklin said. “There are seven new treadmills, seven new low-impact elliptical machines and three upright stationary bikes. There’s no better time than now to check them out.

“Fall classes start Aug. 22, and new students will literally fill the center as they explore new surroundings and what’s available for their use. The crush will ease up once they get into their studies and set up their routines, but right now very little is happening. It’s the best time for members of the faculty and staff to take advantage of what’s right here on campus, and even bring their families.”

“Shoot some hoops, swim some laps, or try out some of our new cardiovascular equipment,” Gaden said.

“We all know we need exercise, but we have to make time and create opportunities to do it,” Stoecklein said. “Everyone has schedules and priorities that can seem more important. That’s understandable. But we just want to remind them that having the rec center on campus makes it easier for them to fit exercise into their busy schedules.”

The free access window opened Aug. 10.

“Summer Rec Center hours are also a factor and the 22nd will be on top of us before you know it,” Stoecklein said.

UCCS identification is required.

More information about programs and activities is available at or by contacting Gaden at

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