By Gabby Gentile / Co-CityStyle Editor
and Madison Salter / Staff Writer

A two-year wait for the PCC fitness center came to an end Sept. 10 when LBCC President Eloy Oakley cut the ceremonial ribbon to commemorate the opening. The two main buildings that make up the kinesiology and fitness center was a $6.15 million project funded through Bond Measure E. With $100,000 worth of new equipment, the new facilities include treadmills, ellipticals and weights.

There is also a new machine to the fitness world called the Carver which is a lateral exercise machine which targets inner thighs, outer thighs hamstrings, hips and lower back. LBCC is only the third establishment in California to own the new exercise machine.

The CC building was Hamilton Junior High’s cafeteria in 1935. Now it is the 7,000-square-foot fitness center that features locker rooms, brand new cardio equipment, a lecture room and a workout class room.
Priscilla Leal, 20, majoring in social work, has already taken a class in the fitness center and she said, “I like dance aerobics, the teacher takes his time at first with us and then picks up the speed later, it’s really fun.”

Shannon Odoms, 40, a culinary arts major, is enrolled in the lower impact-cardio at the center said, “More people just got permission numbers so it’s going to be more crowded.” Bridgette Richard, fitness teacher said, “LBCC students can now major in kinesiology right here at LBCC.”

Richard also went on to say, “There is some confusion. We have never operated as an open fitness center for anybody just to come in, you’ve always had to enroll in a class. For more information, people can visit lbcc.edu/kinesiology.