Fitness Center

Last fall construction began on a new Fitness Center on the main Fresno campus, and now we are ready to celebrate it's grand opening.

Grand Opening

  • Friday, March 1, 2013
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno CA

Location and Equipment

The Fitness Center is located on the north end of the Special Events Center, in the old handball courts. The 3,239-square-foot center will include treadmills and other cardiovascular equipment, resistance and flexibility devices, power racks, platform weights for Olympic-style lifting and open space for exercise. There will be rubberized flooring, new air conditioning, circulation fans and TV and music systems. The nearby restrooms will be brought to Americans with Disabilities Act standards and that section of the SEC will also get a new roof and a new entrance.

Staffing and Hours

The front desk will be staffed at all times by kinesiology students and others. The décor will be bright and coordinate with the school colors. At least half of the center will always be open to general use and hours will be extended to 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday-Friday with weekend hours planned. “We want to have a nice place for all students, faculty and staff to use,” said Don Diboll, associate professor of kinesiology. “People are not going to feel intimidated.”

Serving the FPU Community

Activities introduced by wellness and activities classes and nurtured in the Fitness Center will become lifelong habits for students, Diboll hopes, and faculty and staff will be able to get advice on fitness, as well. “This is for everyone on campus,” he said.

Not only will the Fitness Center serve those already on campus, they will also help draw prospective students. “Students compare facilities at FPU with those of the other schools they visit. If we don't have certain facilities that other schools do, or our facilities by comparison seem inadequate, then the student may not seriously consider us,” Worden said.