Stephens Fitness Center and Cardio Annex
The Stephens Fitness Center -- named in honor of the generous gift of Paul and Elle Stephens and their son, Bart '97 -- opened on January 31, 2000. It was the end result of a four-month renovation of the Beale E. Poste Health Fitness Center. (Mr. Poste graduated from the University in 1929.) An interesting note is that during the renovation, the current Group Fitness Room was outfitted as a temporary fitness center for the Fall 1999 semester.
The Stephens Fitness Center is 8,000 square feet in size and has air conditioning, handicap accessibility and a sound system (satellite radio). It consists of two levels: an upper and lower.
The 5,000-square-foot upper level has wall-to-wall carpeting and houses an extensive inventory of selectorized machines and aerobic (or "cardio") equipment. The upper level also has a reception desk, lounge (with 72 "cubbies") and seven flat-screen LCD televisions. The 3,000-square-foot lower level has wall-to-wall high-density flooring and boasts an abundance of free-weight equipment.
The Cardio Annex opened with two rooms on August 29, 2008. A third room was added and opened on August 24, 2015. And a fourth room was added and opened on September 14, 2020. The space was made possible by renovating areas that had been used originally for equipment storage.
The 1,600-square-foot facility consists of four rooms with air conditioning, ceiling fans, high-density flooring, sound system (satellite radio) and seven flat-screen LCD televisions.
View a full list of equipment that's located within the Stephens Fitness Center and Cardio Annex.