December 5, 2003

Keepin' It Fit … Downtown

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January means New Year’s resolutions, and losing 10 pounds tends to be high on most people’s lists — especially after weeks of gorging on Christmas cookies and latkes and downing eggnog. Luckily, Cornell students have their pick of fitness centers when it comes to shedding those extra pounds.

Starting in January, they will have another option.

The Finger Lakes Fitness Center is set to open early next year in the lower level of the Ithaca Center on the Commons. The shopping center also houses stores such as Easy Street and Mountain Edge Outfitters along with several restaurants.

“The idea is that once you come down here, you can incorporate many things in your visit. If students come down to do a little shopping or use the library here or to eat, they could incorporate working out with that,” said Susan Whitaker, marketing director for the Ithaca Downtown Partnership.

The new fitness center will occupy 400 square feet of space and include new shower and locker-room facilities. Programs to be offered include yoga, strength training and aerobics with an emphasis on personal training.

“We are committed to giving everybody the opportunity to achieve their own optimum conditioning levels. Emphasis will be placed on all levels of fitness, suiting the needs of first-time as well as veteran fitness enthusiasts,” said Dan Stehm, the new facility’s owner.

Stehm added that he hopes Cornell and Ithaca College students will look at the Finger Lakes Fitness Center as an opportunity to get off campus.

“Its location in the heart of downtown is purposeful. We want to target employees of the downtown area as well as people who live in the surrounding downtown neighborhoods,” he said.

Currently, most Cornell students use Cornell fitness centers on campus, Courtside Fitness Center in East Hill Plaza and City Health Club, located downtown, and many are satisfied with the options offered at those facilities.

“I like going to Cornell fitness [centers] because I like going to the gym when I’m on campus — I can make it part of my day,” said Bill Gensheimer ’04.

Several students said they would consider making a switch. Some are also looking forward to a new addition to their list of available fitness facilities.

“I am really dissatisfied with the old equipment at Courtside,” said Jessica Greenspan ’04. “Only two of the eight ellipticals are new.”

“If it’s cheaper than Courtside, I’d join,” said Alyssa Cohen ’04.

Stehm says he will offer student rates, but he had not yet determined what those would be. In addition, he will be hiring students as trainers, receptionists and fitness instructors.

Archived article by Stacey Delikat