Rushing out of class, freshman Sage Heyrend dashes for a quick bite to eat and heads to the Rec Center to workout.
When he is done with his workout he heads to the court in the Rec Center and enjoys some quality basketball time with his buddies.
This is the daily routine for freshman Sage Heyrend, business management major, and for many other students here at Boise State.
“About seven days a week, I’ll show up and stay for about two to three hours, whether it’s working out or playing basketball,” Heyrend said.
A self-described gym junkie, he feels exercise has grown in popularity over the past few years.
“We have seen a steady increase in participation since the facility opened in 2002,” said Lisa Stuppy, senior associate director of the Rec Center.
This trend, however, may be coming to an end.
As of April 22, the Rec Center has been down in total attendance in reference to past semesters.
This past fall semester, the Rec Center saw 137,622 total visitors.
As of April 22, the spring semester has seen 130,619 Rec Center visitors. That is a 7,003 deficit.
Though the semester isn’t quite over, Stuppy is hoping to see an increase before the semester ends.
“Rec Center data is collected through the students that have access as well as part-time students, faculty, staff and alumni that have joined as members,” Stuppy said. “If a student or member comes twice in one day that would count for two for the day.”
She credits this end of semester slump to several factors.
“The beginning of the semester is always busy for us,” Stuppy said. “As the semester goes on students get more busy with homework, papers and finals. So students that are pressed for time may not come as much.”
However, the beginning of the semester doesn’t carry these sort of burdens.
The Rec Center is a part of BroncoVenture Orientation, the freshmen orientation, and is one of the designated stops on the tour.
“The Rec Center is the first place many students place foot once they get on campus,” Stuppy said.
Although the Rec Center wasn’t Heyrend’s first stop on campus, he attends the gym regularly because he loves to work up a sweat.
Due to crowding at some times, he feels like it can be a hassle to find machines but continues to go in an effort to stay fit and see results.
The Rec Center has a lot of different facilities that their members can enjoy, from swimming, all the way to rock climbing.
“We can be a very good place for people to go when they don’t want to be outside,” Stuppy said.