BY MILES SCHACHNER AND REBECCA WACHEN
27 AUG 2021
Located in the northwest corner of campus, the Dodge Fitness Center is the hub of physical education and recreational fitness on the Columbia grounds. Students can walk past Havemeyer Hall and descend a flight of stairs to the gymnasium, which is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.
Columbia and Barnard students on the Morningside campus have access to Dodge facilities with their ID. They can also purchase a plan for the fall semester that gives them access to gym lockers and towels.
While Dodge has yet to update its COVID-19 advisory for the fall semester, several security policies will be rolled over from the summer semesters, such as wearing face masks and obtaining a green pass from the ReopenCU app.
Upon entering Dodge, students have a plethora of exercise facilities to choose from: there’s a three-level gym, a swimming pool on the first floor, squash courts on the third floor, and more.
Those who wish to exercise alongside their peers can participate in the gym’s group fitness activities. Swimming, cycling, yoga and sailing are just a few of the many physical education classes offered at Dodge. These classes will not only get you in shape, but can also meet a basic requirement!
As classes resume in person this fall, Dodge will begin offering free, distance fitness classes to the Columbia community in early September. Students can easily register for these courses through the Dodge website and take them from the comfort of their dorms.
Aside from fitness classes, those hoping to let their competitive side shine through can also enjoy the many club and intramural sports at Columbia. With 32 club sports on offer, students have the possibility of continuing to practice a sport they practiced in high school or even to learn a whole new sport such as climbing or ballroom dancing. Students who simply want to participate in athletics in a fun, low-stakes environment can participate in intramural sports by registering on the Dodge website.
Whether you plan to work out every day or once a month, Dodge will meet all of your fitness needs. Don’t hesitate to stop by and take advantage of the resources available to you!