This past fall, USC students arrived at campus to find brand-new state-of-the-art and significantly renovated recreational facilities.
Over the summer, the 28-year-old Lyon Center underwent the largest facelift in its history. The gym, which gets up to 3,500 users a day, opened this fall with new Olympic weight-training equipment, cardio machines, and a freshly built F45 room.
Additionally, new headquarters for the Trojan Marching Band opened in the Lyon Center. The beloved band left behind cramped basement quarters to enjoy a spacious rehearsal area, lounge, and locker rooms dedicated to them.
Most notable for fitness enthusiasts was the opening of the 30,000 square-foot USC Village fitness complex, vastly increasing the total indoor recreation space available to Trojans.
“It’s the biggest increase in workout space since the Lyon Center opened in 1989,” says Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry. “This has transformed student wellness at USC.”
These new and improved recreational spaces are part of a $10 million investment by USC Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Quick to enhance student facilities across campus.
The fitness complex in USC Village features new power lifting cages, benches and dumbbells, free weights and stacking stations, plus nearly a hundred cardio machines.
Among the newest fitness offerings at the USC Village gym is the Queenax, a suspended bodyweight training system that includes a boxing system on wheels and can be used for suspension exercises.
The sleek new F45 room in the renovated Lyon Center is home to what has been the most popular workout class among Trojans since it launched last spring. The 45-minute F45 classes focus on cardio and weight training through six body
movements: squats, lunges, hip hinges, upper body pushing, and upper body pulling and rotation.
Senior Matt Sanchez said he loves the new spaces. “There has been a huge drop in wait times for equipment, like benches and barbells, so now I’m able to have a better-quality workout in a shorter time,” says the accounting major, who visits one of the two gyms at least six times a week.
“The new studios for classes like F45 and Queenax make me feel like I’m getting a top-of-the-line fitness experience at USC, something I couldn’t say before.”
Between the two University Park Campus facilities, students, faculty and staff can use the gyms 6 a.m. to midnight weekdays and 11 a.m. to midnight weekends. Members can also participate in 16 types of group fitness classes, which take place daily from the early mornings to late evenings.
For more information about recreational facilities, fitness classes, and club and intramural sports at USC, visit the USC Recreational Sports website: http://sait.usc.edu/recsports/