Rec Center has promoted community health for 15 years

New Rec Center equipment

Over the past 15 years, the Upper Iowa University Recreation Center has built a sense of community and provides support for healthy living. This fall, 13 new cardiovascular machines have been introduced to the fitness room.

FAYETTE, Iowa (Oct. 10, 2016) – Since 2001, the Upper Iowa University Recreation Center has been a safe and welcoming environment for UIU students and the Fayette community to improve their overall health and fitness. Over the past 15 years, the Recreation Center has built a sense of community and provides support for healthy living.

“With a wide variety of classes and equipment, there is something for everyone,” said LeAnn Cushion, UIU director of campus recreation. “Our new equipment is state of the art, simple to use and effective in helping our guests reach their personal goals.”

Cushion explained that the recreation center’s fitness room now has 13 cardiovascular machines including four treadmills, four elliptical machines, a recumbent elliptical, two bicycles, a rowing machine and a stair climber. These new machines accompany the 16 weight machines, power rack, multi-functional cable machine and the free weight area that the recreation center already had in place.  The fitness room is also equipped with a stereo and televisions for members to enjoy while working out.

The group fitness room offers a variety of classes for all skills levels that focus on cardiovascular fitness, strength training and combination classes. Classes include boot camp, yoga, water aerobics, TRX strength training, cardio-kickboxing and low impact. Classes are instructed by recreation center staff and trained UIU students. Personal training classes are also offered.

The recreation center also features a multipurpose gym area that includes three basketball courts; volleyball, tennis and badminton nets; three ceiling suspended batting cages; and a lower and upper track. The swimming pool, located in the Edgar Fine Arts building, has four, 20-yard lanes that are used for swimming and recreation center water aerobics classes.

The recreation center is hosting a membership drive through the month of October. With reduced rates for new and returning members, the special includes one month, three months, six months or annual memberships. Rates are based on whether it’s a single, couple, family, track-only or track-couple pass.

“I invite everyone to make use of our convenient location, accommodating hours, and knowledgeable instructors and trainers,” said Cushion.

The center is open Monday-Thursday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.  For more information about the UIU Recreation Center or the membership drive, contact LeAnn Cushion at (563) 425-5370 or the recreation center at (563) 425-5669. 

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit

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