Melisa Borges is a second year Journalism Major at Miami Dade College and active contributor to D-Twn Miami Buzz; an independent blog based page written and administered by students of Miami Dade College - Wolfson Campus. Future plans of the author include continue an education at Florida International University in pursue of a BA in Mass Communications-Journalism and one day follow a career path in Entertainment Journalism. Currently main reporting interest for the author are coverage of major entertainment events and hit-spot locations to enhance the Miami experience for locals and tourists alike.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Miami Dade College-Wolfson Campus Shapes the Community
The infamous McDonald’s temporarily shuts down, while its customers recover their bodies next door.
One thing is for sure, the fast paced construction of the new building 8 at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, isn’t the most impressive news spreading about this building. All the talk is settled on merely one floor, the sixth.
The new and improved Fitness and Wellness Center has opened its doors to students, faculty and the Miami Dade community members alike. The 10,000 square-foot facility located in the heart of the busy streets of downtown Miami (300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Bldg 8. Flr 6) sees up to 450 people per day.
This gymnasium entirely decorated with state-of-the-art equipment provides numerous services to its members at a surprisingly low rate. Student fees are as low as $10 a month. “We offer fitness assessments,” says Carlos Mora, a Miami Dade College student majoring in Dietetics and Exercise Science. “We can define your base line fitness level and then after that we give you an exercise program.”
For those with a palate for technology and gadget synching, some of the equipment is actually Apple friendly. “You can connect the device, you can charge the device while working out, and you’re creating the energy to charge the device, which I think it’s pretty cool,” Daniel Estape, Fitness and Wellness Center Director, says.
Some of the equipment is also geared with a 7” television in which you can change to the channel you prefer or even link it to Netflix and finally find out what LOST was actually about. Or even pull up a class lecture and kill two birds with one stone. Referring to students using their exercise time also as study time Estape says “I haven’t seen it yet, but when I do see it their picture is going to be on Facebook.”
Along with the 21st century high tech equipment the facility also provides fitness classes like Indoor Cycling, Yoga and even the fast pacing, popularity gaining Zumba class.
“The classes are free and part of your membership,” Estape explains, there are no extra fees after your membership. All fitness classes’ schedules and further descriptions can be found on the Fitness and Wellness Center’s website.
Also, the facility is not only an opportunity to get fit, but a space that accepts volunteer, provides internship opportunities and even paying jobs for students once upon a time.
“There were job opportunities before, the positions were limited and they filled up,” says Luanna Ochoa Vice President of the health and wellness organizations. Ochoa volunteers at the Fitness Center, “I started this semester, but I was always here helping out” she says, “it’s fun, I like it.”
The gymnasium seems to be perfect, it even made debut as a filming location for the new television series Graceland, but Ochoa says “There’s always room for improvement,” the public has asked for further services, but they are hard to meet.“People always come asking if we could have more food and drinks available, now we have water and Gatorade.” Ochoa says, “things have to be prepackaged and there’s always the hygiene factor to consider.”
The Health and Wellness organization has been trying to convert the students and staff to a healthy lifestyle, “everything that we do is good, everything” says Mora, to the participators of the organization it was a great success to finally get fruit cups added to the cafeteria’s menu, “now there’s a healthy alternative” he says.
The new Fitness and Wellness Center is new hope for this once small organization, “thinking about it logically there has been high obesity rates and they’re trying to fix that,” Ochoa adds,“also the old gym had a low ratio it made more sense to have a larger square footage.”
The new gymnasium seems to be a new highlight factor for the Miami Dade College Institution. “If you look at downtown, Miami Dade is in the middle, the building, centers, it’s a place where a lot a people would want to come from the school and outside.” Ochoa says.
All further information on the new Fitness and Wellness Center including hours of operations can be found at www.mdc.edu/wolfsonfitness