I'm with the racquetball sport club. There is a wifi deadzone at the courts. Is there a possibility of having wifi installed near there. It would be extremely helpful for running tournaments, watching racquetball instruction, viewing our challenge ladder, etc.
Thanks for your comment card about the Wi-Fi. You are correct – there is a large dead zone at that end of RPAC. We’ve been working over the last year to resolve some of these, with the last hub installation occurring this past October. I’m working with IT to see how many more hubs we can add and how soon – some logistics are a little tricky with this facility due to the amount of concrete and the shape of some of the areas and how it works with our h...
I LOVE group fitness at OSU! My biggest suggestion is hot vinyasa flow yoga! I miss Cleveland Yoga so much while at school and I think at such a big university we're capable of having just as good classes here! Even if we had to pay a fee for passes! Thanks!
Thank you for your comment card. Hot yoga is a very popular format and unfortunately we do not have a space within Rec Sports that can accommodate the temperatures needed for hot yoga. Let me know if you have any additional questions.
-Kristen Nesvacil, Senior Assistant Director Fitness
There need to be a hand sanitizing station put back in Jesse Owens South as soon as possible, thank you!
Thank you for your comment about the hand sanitizer at Jesse Owens South. We have one machine malfunctioning, so a replacement is on order. However, the other machine by the door is still functioning pr...
Simply Strength is the BEST group fitness class I have ever taken. Thank you for boosting the number of strength based programs by adding this class and the Buckeye BarBELLES program. One critique--I hope you will offer the class at more diverse times in the future. Grad students have full 9-5 schedules and I know many faculty members miss out on the 11:45 class times because they can't take lunch until noon.
Thank you very much for your comment. This is the first semester we've launched Simply Strength and I have been very pleased with the positive response we've had with the class. I would love to grow the amount of times we offer this class, and that is my goal! Since it is new to our schedule and instructors, I've had to be at most of the classes to mentor our instructors. Once we get more people trained in the the ...
When forgetting your BuckID at the ARC, they will take your license and just type in your liformation from there. If you are to enter the RPAC via the Scarlet Skyway and you only have your license, they make you walk all the way to the front instead of just typing in your name.
The people swiping in at the RPAC aren't capable of giving patrons new scan codes. At other gyms, giving a BuckID a new scan code is a five second fix, but once again, the RPAC makes you walk all the way to the Welcome...
Thank you for submitting a comment card and suggestion. I really like the idea. I will need to think about how we might be able to accommodate this fix. The challenge is that by updating the scan code, we are giving our students a lot of additional access to student and me...
Since the beginning of the spring 2014 semester, there have not been enough day-use lockers inside the women's locker room when I am able to go to the gym (4-6 pm). It honestly shocks me how few there are given how huge our school is, even without the present demand for them. I can't use the day-use lockers outside the locker room because I swim and shower directly afterward. It is not safe to bring all my belongings into the swimming area. Can more day-use lockers be added to the women's locker...
Good morning Catherine! I hope you are doing well. Thank you for the comment regarding the day lockers in the women’s locker room. I completely understand your frustration. I wasn’t aware that all of the day lockers were in use during peak time. I’ll look at potential solutions this week. Converting some of the lockers is a great suggestion, but...
I participated in the Full Body Challenge class today (2/1/14) and it was so hot in B30 (probably near 80) that I nearly fainted/felt very light-headed during the mid-portion of the class. I would consider myself physically fit (as I visit the gym regularly and have taken this class before without an issue). I would suggest your facility be more stringent in regulating temperatures in the future, and if necessary, canceling classes when room temperatures are that warm.
Thank you for your comment about the temperature in B30 on Saturday. The RPAC had some heating/cooling issues on Saturday due to the extremely warm day, especially in...
Please bring back the old barbell shoulder presses. It is incredibly awkward lifting the weight off from in front instead of from overhead. With the new shoulder presses it is very difficult to get the weight off the rack, I usually need to have someone help me. Everyone that I have talked with feels the same way. Perhaps in the future you could test new equipment before committing to it, or keep at least one old machine. Thanks.
Thank you for the comment card regarding the military press. Unfortunately, when the new military presses were purchased,...
Any chance an additional ping pong table or two could be added to the 2nd floor area above the dining facility? There seems to be enough room for at least one more table and this would decrease the wait time for tables, which can be long during peak hours. Also, I've noticed that JOS has some small ping pong barriers that help contain the ping pong balls in that area. Any chance RPAC has some of these to contain the ping pong balls? Thank you for your consideration.
Thanks so much for your comment card. We have moved those tables around quite a bit in the last year to try to find a good spot for them in RPAC. Once we determine if this is the spot they will stay, I think we can certainly look to add another, as we know they are a popular item! I also like your idea about a little barrier to help keep the balls from rolling all over the building! The tables were in a more closed area before so the problem wasn’t as great. I’ll ch...
Hi, i have some request for instrument.
There are 4 sandbag on 3rd floor at rpac
but it is only for boxing practice.
I think there are many students who training kind of a
kickboxing or muaythay - using kick -, and that sandbags are
too short to train kick
So could u add more sandbag or replace with longer one for them?
Thank you for the comment card regarding our pu...
Is it possible to start a women's open rec league for basketball? Its so hard to find other women who want to play but at least getting some contact info for open rec would make it fun for those who cant make the intramural times. Thanks!
Thanks for taking the time to send it, and I apologize for the delayed response. Have you participated in our intramural sports program in the past? We do have leagues there specifically for women, and you can sign up as a “free agent” and be placed on a team if you can’t get enough people together. I know you indicated that the times could be challenging for IMs. Are there specific days or times that could work better? What about our club team? Have you i...
I imagine it must be very difficult to manage all the different activities throughout the facility, and determine how much time is reserved for what classes/open recreation/special events. Personally, I am very disappointed in the reduction in hours Badminton nets are available for open recreation this semester. I have always enjoyed Badminton in the past, and based on personal experience there seemed to be more people using the North gym when the nets were up, than when it was just ...
Thanks for your comment card regarding open rec badminton at the RPAC. I appreciate you understanding that it is difficult to schedule this facility! That is not something people usually understand or consider (and honestly, it’s not something I expect anyone to consider). I completely understand your disappointment with the reduction in open rec badminton hours. Unfortunately, this is a pretty common occurrence at RPAC in the winter semester. We have a few more academ...
I would love the channel changed on the TVs on the second floor cardio loft. They are always all on MTVu playing music videos without sound. Changing the channel of at least some of the TVs to something more exciting would be greatly appreciated. How about a sports channel? Or if it is possible, streaming TedTalks would be awesome too. Thanks.
Thanks for your comment about the TVs up in the MTVU Cardio Loft. Rec Sports has a sponsorship agreement with MTVU, and part of the agreement details are that we turn those TVs to MTVU in that space during operational hours. We generally keep the music turned low or off in that space, so that it doesn’t compete with our other facility music and people’s personal music devices. While our sponsorship agreement for those televisions does not allow us to change the chann...
Would it be possible for a portion of the fitness class participant spots be up for reservation? I understand not wanting to have people register, since there would be no consequence to registering for lots of classes and not showing up...but as a staff member who loves fitness classes, it's tough to line up in time to participate. The yoga class lines start 30 minutes before class, and it's often full 20 minutes before start.
Thank you for your comment about group fitness class lines. First come, first served is the fairest way to let people into our classes and easiest logistically for everyone. We have explored reservations, but haven’t had a lot of luck in finding a system that would work with the amount of classes we offer each week and with all five facilities that we program at. We have done our best to add more classes to the schedule that will allow more participants into class. I...
I appreciate the new equipment added over the last semester or so, especially the power racks with deadlift platforms!
However, I think a simple change could make them even better. The rule placards next to the power racks state that bumper plates are required on the platforms. Unfortunately, bumper plates have to be checked out with BuckID and carried over, then returned once you're done. This is a pretty big inconvenience and leads to many people not utilizing the bumper plates at all. ...
First, we are glad you enjoy the new equipment! We are very excited to be able to provide these things to our members, as there has been a real demand for these pieces. As for your suggestion about putting the bumper plates out with the racks, we are currently looking into this possibility. With the new equipment and protocol for use, we wanted to make sure we were being vigilant and monitoring the usage. I can’t guarantee we will change the policy, but we will take...
Took TRX with Noor. I have been going to at least 2-3 TRX classes/week this semester. I have had her before, and this is always my least favorite class of the week. However, today, I really did not enjoy the class. I felt like I (and other class participants) was being chided for "not going hard enough" rather than instructed to do better. Evert other TRX class I have taken here has given me instruction for better form/workout. Being told "today is an easy workout come on you can do better" is n...
Thank you for your feedback and for attending our group fitness classes. I will make sure to talk to Noor about her cueing and use of motivational phrases during class. I'm sure she meant no harm by it, but I will make sure to reiterate that sometimes things we say can be taken differently than we mean. I encourage you to continue to go to classes and to see if there is a better fit, since you mentioned this class is your least favorite. We try to have a good variety in term...
I was reading all of the comments above the drinking fountain at the ARC and I wanted to make my own.
WE LOVE THE ARC. It really is an important part of our lives. My 13 year old son gets to play basketball with college kids every night while I get to work out. That is invaluable. Now, I could say the same about RPAC but we all know the ARC is the place to be! It's convenient, there is always parking, the staff is response, easy going and NICE. WE LOVE THE ARC!
Thanks for the compliment and your continued use of the ARC!
Can one of the "family bathrooms" in the RPAC have a changed door sign to say "gender neutral" instead? This would make all of us who are gender-variant or trans* feel much safer and included! Thanks!
The gender neutral bathroom at the OAC is awesome!! :-D
Thanks so much for your comment card. We have actually been discussing this very signage on the private changing rooms to include some more inclusive language. I noticed recently that we do have that area marked as private changing rooms on some signage and as family changing rooms on others. Please know that you are welcome to use those rooms for whatever needs you have as a member, as that was our original intention with them. Over time they have been used more often as a &ld...
This would be a spectacular addition to RPAC's recreational offerings: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/video/2014/jan/10/cricketers-play-football-wearing-giant-bubbles-video
We have watched the video attached in your email and found the suggestion to be very intriguing. At this time, please allow us to do some further research about the offering in order to completely consider adding this to our intramural sport calendar.
Should you have any questions, further suggestions or any additional material that might assist us in the process, please do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest. My contact information is listed on the staff di...
I have noticed that the French Field House on Lane Avenue is a great workout facility. It would be great if there were "open gym" hours where students could go there to work out.
The French Field House is an Athletic Department facility that is used by many of our intercollegiate athletic teams. The facility is scheduled around the clock with the teams that use it for a practice and workout facility. It is not a recreational sports facility.
There has been a rape near where my daughter lives in a dorm. This causes concern. I would like to suggest that one of your fitness classes be a self defense for woman class. The women on the campus will continue to walk at night - we can't stop them. But - at least they can be better prepared to deal with the situation if it happens.
Thank you very much for the email. I do agree that adding a self defense program or class within our department would be a great addition. I will speak with our Campus Programs Coordinator to see if this is something she would be able to assist with.
I understand the concern about safety and we will try to get a class like this to Rec Sports!
I would like to share comments I have heard amongst my fellow early morning swimmers (in the pool from 5:30 AM up through 7 AM). Recreational swimmers truly have great opportunities for swimming through OSU rec sports. We understand it is sometimes necessary for a group program, such as the ROTC organization, to use the class pool. Would it be possible to provide more advance notice of this? I realize this information is available through the online facility hours schedule, but that isn't up...
Dear Ms. Collins-Warfield,
Thank you for your note. I heard from staff that this morning was indeed a little busy in the lap pool. Let me first say thank you for swimming here. We value our loyal swimmers, and we are incredibly pleased to be able to provide this wonderful facility, and more lane space and time than almost any other institution. We do continue to work to improve our operation every day and you have provided a several good ideas!