Funkhouser Center Updates for the Fall Semester

What the Facility is Doing to Provide a Safe Workout Space for Students

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  • There is signage posted throughout the Funkhouser Center about the capacity of each room, as well as instructions on how to clean and sanitize equipment after each individual use. There are also sanitizing stations throughout with wipes and spray for students to use.

    Photo by Jake Smith

  • The weight room has been rearranged and equipment spaced out with a new occupancy of 15 people. Equipment that could not be moved but is in too close proximity to each other.

    Photo by Jake Smith

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Jake Smith, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va. – The Funkhouser Center, or the FUNK, has undergone changes to comply with all Center for Disease Control and Virginia Department of Health regulations. These changes affect students directly by how they access the center, what they can do there and what they can rent.

The restrictions include spacing equipment out to maintain a social distancing requirement of 10 feet, changing the capacity of the gym to below 75 percent and closing between workout sessions to clean and disinfect. The Funk requires wearing a mask, other than when actively using equipment and clearance from the LiveSafe app. More information on the live safe app can be found here

Students can sign up for workout sessions through the Campus Recreation page which is located on myBC which can be found here.  

Sessions are from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.  After each session, the facility closes and is sanitized by workers.

“It is important for our students to feel healthy and safe when using the facility so we close after each workout session to sanitize all equipment, using the same sanitizer which Aramark uses,” stated Lori Schrock, the Director of the Funkhouser Center.

This semester, students can attend group fitness classes which are offered every week. The signups for these classes can also be found on the Campus Recreation page. Students can also use studio equipment originally reserved for classes. 

There will be no outside guests allowed from the community. The Funk is strictly for student use at least until the end of September.  If there is room faculty and staff will be the next group who will be allowed to utilize the space. Students also cannot check out any rental equipment until it is safe to do so.

“The Funk restrictions, such as capacity and the time slots, can be frustrating at times, but it is a necessary evil to make sure we are safe,” said junior Lane Phillips.

This year has come with many new restrictions and regulations, especially when it comes to recreation and exercising equipment. All students must work together and follow the guidelines put into place for us to continue to stay here on campus.