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Syracuse Students Choosing to Pay for Off-Campus Gyms

See what Syracuse residents think about SU students joining their gyms.

By Matt Liberman Dewitt, N.Y. (NCC News) – Many students at Syracuse University are opting to pay for memberships at private gyms around the city rather than using campus facilities included with tuition.

This change comes after the university moved all the equipment from Archbold Gymnasium to the Women’s Building following renovations to Archbold Gymnasium. The women’s building is the one gym on campus that is open to all students and is not in a dormitory. Many students, though, are displeased with the setup of the new campus-wide gym.

“It’s like wandering through a maze,” Syracuse junior Pierce Johnston said. “And the weight room is tiny.”

Jonhston is one of 50 Syracuse students to register for a membership at Elevate Fitness in Dewitt, New York since Archbold has been shut down, Elevate Fitness general manager Rachel Dydyk said. Her gym offers memberships to students at either a monthly rate of $24.50 or a semester total of $125.

By the end of this semester, assuming no one else joins, which Dydyk said is unlikely considering the demand among students right now, Elevate Fitness would pull in over $6,000 in revenue for just basic memberships. Johnston, who has a basic membership, is only allowed to use certain parts of the gym, but it supplies everything he needs.

“All I want is a gym where I am not surrounded every step I take and don’t have to wait an hour for a weight,” Johnston said.

And this is not the only gym where student populations are increasing. Elevate Fitness has a second gym in the city, where numbers among SU students are also rising.

For residents around the city who want a quieter and more peaceful atmosphere, the best times to go are any times but first thing in the morning and very late at night Dykyk said. That is when most students go because it does not interfere with class and extracurricular activities.

For many college students, money does not come easily, but not paying for a private membership, Johnston said, is worth it.