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Rec center voted best gym in EP, some disagree

“f you compare this gym to EP Fitness or any other gym like that, it is not on the same level.” – Nico Stender, sophomore in the German Abitur Program
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Albert Reaux, freshman criminal justice major, does squats.

In this year’s survey for the Prospector’s Pick Awards, students chose the Student Recreation Center as the No. 1 best gym in El Paso, but this new and improved facility isn’t something that all students take advantage of.

Each semester, students are automatically charged with a recreation fee of $70. This fee covers the cost of the recreation facility, which includes an indoor running track, indoor soccer court, three levels of workout machines and weights, a juice bar, locker rooms, a swimming facility and a 39-foot climbing wall.

Although this gym can beat any other in cost—given that the average gym membership is about $28 per month—some students opt out of taking advantage of its offerings.

Students such as freshman criminal justice major Albert Reaux said that the hours of the recreation center played a big role in his decision to pay for a membership at EP Fitness on the Westside of El Paso.

“I prefer to go to EP Fitness because they are open for 24 hours and they have a bigger selection of weights,” Reaux said.

Frank Ayala, junior criminal justice major, gets some reps on the bench press.
Frank Ayala, junior criminal justice major, gets some reps on the bench press.

The Student Recreation Center is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The atmosphere is something that Reaux says makes other gyms more comfortable than the Student Recreation Center.

“Everyone is really quiet (at the recreation center) and it feels more like a family center rather than a gym,” Reaux said. “So when I would work out I felt like I had to yell, slam some weights, or just make it feel like more of a gym.”

Nico Stender, a sophomore in the German Abitur Program, chooses the recreation center over any other gym.

“The gym is in perfect condition. It is brand new and you meet a lot of nice people,” he said. “If you compare this gym to EP Fitness or any other gym like that, it is not on the same level.”

Sophomore pre-education major Consuelo Martinez is a sales representative at Roca Fitness on El Paso’s Eastside and said that she often sees UTEP students attending the gym where she works.

“I know a lot of the reasons why they do is because they say UTEP is too far of a drive just to go to the gym, so they come down this way,” Martinez said.

Amanda Guillen may be reached at [email protected].

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Amanda Guillen, Editor-in-Chief
Amanda Guillen is a senior multimedia journalism major with a minor in women's studies. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and graduated from El Paso High School in 2011. She has been a part of The Prospector since summer 2013 and is currently Managing Editor. She has always had a passion for journalism and plans to become a television news reporter upon graduating from UTEP. In addition to being a full-time student and reporter, she is a part of two honor societies on campus, Alpha Lambda Delta and the National Society of Leadership and Success where she participates in community service regularly. Amanda also interns for KVIA Channel 7 the El Paso affiliate of ABC. Her love for the city of El Paso is something that led her to choose UTEP as her school of choice. She has enjoyed her past 3 years at the university and looks forward to an eventful school year.
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