Jay Iorizzo, director of campus recreation, said there’s been an increase in visitors this year similar to last year.
The rec center had an average of about 2,800 visitors per day in January 2017 but dropped to 2,100 in February of the same year, and to 1,700 in March.
There has been a spike in mid-afternoon visitors from Jan. 16 – Feb. 2 this semester more than 11,000 people have swiped into the recreational center between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The next highest time slot for the same period was noon to 3 p.m., where more than 8,000 people swiped in, Iorizzo said.
With the increase in visitors, people have had to wait for vacant machines and available equipment in the weight room. Some have had to alter their workout or go at new times in order to complete their goals.
Zach Pusic, a sophomore business major, said he may start to go at night to complete his workouts instead of dealing with the afternoon crowds.
“I started working out in the weight room last November in the afternoon after my classes, and it was never too crowded,” Pusic said. “When I came back from winter break, I noticed how packed it became at that time and most things I wanted to use were already taken.”
Dylan Larkin, a senior business major, has heard about how crowded the rec center has gotten and prefers to work out while most other students are in class.
“I’ve always been in the routine of working out first thing in the morning; however, the gym not being crowded in the morning is definitely a factor of why I continue to go at that time,” Larkin said. “I don’t like going to the gym when it’s crowded and having to wait around if other people are using the same equipment I want to use.”
Gym’s and recreational centers tend to become more crowded every year in January. More than 12 percent of gym memberships are sold in January whereas other months have an average of 8.3 percent according to a study by the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).
The full rec center hours can be found here.