Recess of the month for November 2021 is the Towson University (TU) Campus Recreation Center at Burdick Hall.
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DESCRIPTION OF THE INSTALLATION
Campus Recreation Center
The Burdick Hall Campus Recreation Center is a 235,000 square foot recreation and fitness facility. The facility includes a full variety of strength and cardio equipment, an indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose wood-floored gymnasiums and rubber-floored activity courts, five fitness studios and a functional workout area with hardwood flooring. in grass.
Burdick Hall contains:
- Two multi-activity courts with athletic rubber flooring lined for volleyball, badminton and futsal.
- Three multi-purpose parquet gymnasiums.
- A bike workshop with sound, light and video.
- A “skills studio” with a retractable heavy bag system, speed bags and other equipment used for boxing and skill-based training.
- Three studios upstairs including our mind-body studio, group fitness studio, and educational studio.
- 22,000 square feet of open fitness space for cardio, strength training and functional training.
- A functional fitness space that encourages training the body the way it lives and moves, using independent fitness tools such as kettlebells, ropes, body weight and gravity. Two Queenax structures facilitate this functional fitness concept along with a variety of self-powered cardio equipment.
- A space dedicated to personal training and health check-ups.
- Weight machines, Olympic-style weight lifting platforms, free weights, plate-loading machines, accessible weight machines and select equipment.
- Over 100 cardio machines with personal digital screens that allow users to connect to their Netflix, Hulu, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
- The Jungle, a Ninja Warrior-inspired course that features 15 different challenging elements of jumping, climbing, and balancing to create a fun and engaging fitness workout.
- A sprint hill with a 20% gradient and simulated stadium stairs.
- An outdoor adventure travel and education center with a 33 foot rock climbing wall.
Burdick Grass Fields
The 200,000 square foot grass pitches offer a variety of sports and recreational activities. The grounds are primarily used for campus recreation programs, but are accessible for open recreation at designated times.
The grass pitches have inlaid lines for the following sports:
- Three – flag football field
- One – Men’s Lacrosse Field
- One – Women’s Lacrosse Field
- One – NCAA Football Field
- One – International Rugby Ground
outdoor adventure center
- The indoor climbing wall offers many climbing opportunities for TU members, including top-rope belaying, lead climbing, and adaptive climbing. TU Campus Rec’s certified staff have the knowledge and skills to help both beginners and seasoned climbers.
- Clinics to teach the basics of rock climbing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.
- A gear rental program gives students access to outdoor gear to promote their own exploration. A wide range of equipment is on offer for any adventure, including backpacks, tents, hammocks, snowboards, paddleboards and life jackets. For $20, students can rent a bike, lock, and helmet for the semester
- A typical offering of 20 off-campus outdoor outings each year, ranging from hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding and rock climbing. Trips are led by experienced, certified wilderness first aid leaders and create opportunities for students to build community outside of the classroom.
- Nationally certified fitness instructors typically lead 70 group fitness classes per week, including cycle, zumba, HIIT and step, lift, boxing bootcamp, vinyasa yoga, and yin yoga.
- Certified personal trainers work with members to help them accomplish and achieve their lifestyle goals by creating individualized programs for specific student needs, providing individual attention, and giving students the opportunity to improve their performance after reaching a plateau.
- One to three workshops each semester for National Group Fitness Certifications.
- Special events are held throughout the year, such as the annual 5K race called “Tiger Trot”, group fitness bingo, Learn and Lift clinics and Exercise is Medicine.
- Open recreation is offered daily and includes games such as badminton, table tennis, volleyball, pickleball, futsal, and basketball.
Aquatics and safety
- A 25-yard, eight-lane pool offers lap swimming, recreational swimming, or special programming.
- Burdick Pool is home to Towson’s men’s and women’s swim and dive teams.
- An American Red Cross CPR/AED for professional lifeguards with first aid training, which provides training for individuals to respond effectively to emergency situations. This course combines teaching methods including videos, demonstrations and hands-on learning. Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certification valid for two years.
- Intramural sports features teams made up of Towson University students, faculty/staff, and alumni competing against each other in less structured and more social events.
- Intramural sports packages for the academic year and semester. These passes allow students to participate in any season or tournament.
- There are typically over 24 intramural sports offerings each year, including open, women’s and co-ed leagues in recreational and competitive divisions.
- Athletic clubs are student-run organizations that compete locally, regionally, or nationally with other colleges and universities. There are over 30 active sports clubs each year, resulting in approximately 100 home events, all covered by the campus recreational sports training team.
- Club officers develop valuable leadership skills throughout managing administrative affairs and intra-club dynamics.
- The climbing wall can accommodate people with hearing, visual or motor impairments and has an assortment of adapted equipment. Staff are trained to assist people with a variety of abilities and disabilities in their climbing experience.
- A pool lift is provided for all participants requiring additional assistance to enter and exit the pool.
- Adapted recreational offerings in intramural sports include goalball, pétanque and sitting volleyball. Goalball is also offered as a competitive club sport.
- Several pieces of adaptive fitness equipment with higher levels of accessibility than traditional equipment.
- The jungle is a professionally designed Ninja Warrior style training course where students can try their hand at overcoming obstacles inspired by the popular American Ninja Warrior TV show. The University of Towson was the first recreation center on the college campus to create a Ninja Warrior-style indoor course for its participants.
- Explore the project is one of Towson University’s oldest traditions. Established in 1977 and originally named Project Marj, Project Explore is a “pre-orientation in nature” program for freshmen and transfer students from Towson University. During each Project Explore session, students are paired with up to seven other incoming students for the duration of the experience. Each group is led by two student instructors from the Explore Project who will provide instruction in outdoor living and travel skills, as well as an introduction to life as a Towson University student. The project is used to enhance the orientation experience and allow incoming students to build relationships with current students and create a support network on campus. It also allows students to begin to support wellness by discovering the benefits of spending time outdoors and being active.
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