The gym is too small (new dorm, covid-19, mental health)
The Mines gym is not large enough to accommodate peak hours. After many students are done with classes around 3 pm the gym is packed until around 7 pm. Although there are some times when there are very few people there, most Orediggers have to workout during this extremely busy time span in the afternoon. Previous solutions have been to try to have as high a density of equipment as possible to cram as many students in the gym as possible, but during peak hours nearly all of the free weights are in use. The current situation with Covid-19 does not allow for the kind of density that the gym previously saw and highlights the space issue our gym has. The point that I want to emphasize is that for a lot of Orediggers, using the gym plays an important role in maintaining their mental health but having to stand around and wait for a squat rack or walk through a maze of people occupying every corner of the gym drastically reduces the quality of the workout and mental health benefit. Having such a busy gym is also likely to make Orediggers not want to go to the gym. As another dorm opens on campus and brings many more eager first years to the gym and the Covid-19 pandemic restricts density in the gym, it is the perfect time for the Administration to begin plans to expand the exercise options for students on campus.
Thank you for your engagement. Administration has realized these issues and taken steps to address the crowdedness. New residence halls such as Spruce and 1750 Jackson have dedicated gyms inside of them. Additionally, there are plans to expand the gym in the future.
Lukas Craze commented
go at a different time