By Matthew A. Harris
The phrase “spirit, mind, and body” resonates with the majority of the campus population at Springfield College.
Recognized as the birthplace of basketball and associated with the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame down the street, Springfield is also known for something else within the student body.
The Wellness Center is always the place to be when classes get out – from the gym and the basketball courts, to Dana Gym and the Field House, to workout classes held throughout the day. Wherever you look, chances are, someone is working out or showing off their Springfield pride.
With approximately 2,500 undergraduates and sport teams, all looking to stay in shape, there needs to be plenty of options. This need is satisfied in the form of three tracks – one outside, one in the Field House, and one above Blake Arena in the rafters. If cardio isn’t the exercise of choice, there is also state of the art equipment stretching over two floors consisting of free weights and machines.
“The Wellness Center is a place where students and faculty can go to get exercise and better themselves,” said student staff member James Potter. “It’s a place where student athletes can go to reach their full potential.”
With so much of the student body looking in shape, one may assume that they know what they are doing.
“Just working out isn’t going to get you fit. You need to be educated,” said sophomore football player Nicholas Giorgio. “The Wellness Center is a great option to meet your fitness goals.”
Even if you do not know where to start or if you are struggling, the staff is always there to help. Everyone starts somewhere, and there is always room to grow – spiritually, mentally, and physically.
Cardio, bodybuilding, or yoga are just a few of the fitness options that Springfield has to offer. However, fitness doesn’t just provide a good workout. It also helps release chemicals from the brain to fight off depression, anxiety and other forms of mental illness.
With a good mental state and a good gym routine, it’s no wonder why a good spirit is present throughout 263 Alden Street.