by Joshua Nawoichik

Do you want to get in shape? Or stay in shape? Well the Fitness Center right here at Cape Cod Community College (4Cs) is the perfect place to accomplish your fitness goals.

The Fitness Center offers multiple classes and clubs that help immerse you in the facilities offered, such as the basketball court, indoor soccer (Futsal), Yoga and Pilates classes and even a strength class. There is something for everyone at the Fitness Center.

Nancy McIver, an educated instructor at the gym, has been at 4Cs for nine years now, but has been teaching fitness classes for over 23 years. She is one of the two attendees that may be at the front desk in order to assist and answer questions. She went to school for personal training and even teaches multiple classes such as Yoga and Pilates at 4Cs.

“We are always looking for bodies,” McIver said. “We are just trying to make them comfortable with working out.”

There’s no shame in not knowing how to do a certain workout. People like McIver are there to make sure you’re doing it safely and properly. Some students might not even be aware that there is a spot to work out on the campus. Paul Hadley, a current 4Cs student, did not find out about the gym until recently.

“I found out from one of my friends,” Hadley said. “But I did not find out until my third semester here.”

Hadley loves to go to the gym and is in the Personal Fitness class offered here at 4Cs. He plays pickup basketball every Monday and Wednesday as well.

To increase awareness of the Fitness Center and its facilities, 4Cs Head of Student Engagement Tracy Morin has put it in place that during orientation the incoming students will now be given a quick tour. This is going to help spread word of this great workout area. For those that don’t know where the Fitness Center is, it is located right next to the Campus Life Office at the top of campus. Any student, faculty or alumni can enter the gym for free just as long as you have a school ID.

The Fitness Center is open from 8 AM until 6 PM on Monday through Thursday, besides the gymnasium which closes at 4:30 PM each day. With these hours, there is plenty of time to come by and get a quick workout in, either before or after class.

For those who may not know anything about working out, McIver also serves as a free personal trainer for the school. She knows different styles and techniques that might suit some people more than others.

“Someone who is interested in a little more structure might like athletic training,” McIver said as an example.

Trainers are expensive so it would be in your best interest to take advantage of a free trainer who knows just as much as the pricey counterparts at your local gym.

Working out is a great way to relieve yourself from the stress of the real world, and a great way to stay healthy, both physically and mentally.

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Student Paul Hadley utilizing free gym facilities. Photo by Joshua Nawoichik/MainSheet