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  • Availability of Silver Sneaker Program

    Many of the retirees using DCR programs are members of the Silver Sneaker Program which provides free or reduced cost access to fitness facilities in the community.  Will this benefit be available for DCR programs?

  • ARC court floors need attention

    Minor complaint: The basketball courts are really dusty and therefore slippery. I thought maybe it was just the one set of courts but it's all of them. I realize it's probably because it's winter and there's a lot of salt and things being tracked in by people who don't bring their basketball shoes separate, but it's still really annoying to play on your courts. How am I supposed to break someone's ankles if I cant hit a proper crossover because I'm sliding around? It's also obviously a safety problem if the courts are slippery. Would it be too much to ask to just have someone go up and down the courts with a broom, maybe in the afternoon sometime just to refresh the courts? If you could look into this it would be greatly appreciated by everyone who plays basketball at the ARC.

  • Gym Shoe Donations?

    In the past DCR has set up a box at the ARC (and CRCE?) to accept donations of gym shoes for distribution to others.  I have two or three pairs appropriate for this.  Will there be a box set up this spring at the ARC to collect such shoes?

  • Second combat room?

    Hi, during the semester it is impossible to get into the combat room weekday afternoons and most of the day Saturday due to martial arts clubs reserving the room. I have no problem with this - but it means that anyone who wants to use the room to stretch, hit the bag, or roll on their own are out of luck if they want to train at these times.

    One possible solution would be to convert a raquetball court into a second, slightly smaller combat room. This would not conflict with group fitness classes or other high-use group rooms.

    Interested in hearing your thoughts on this matter.



  • Cleanliness in ARC locker rooms

    Hello, I will also send this comment to the DCR-Director´s Intern email address, but I am not sure if Laney is still in the position or not, and this is something I have been meaning to comment on for a long time.  

    The shower stalls in the women's locker room at ARC are not very clean.  I always shower in the second group of showers, opposite the blue lockers.  The walls of the shower stalls have not been washed in months.  I know this with absolute certainty, because when you installed new shower curtains (which I believe was in January), I remember thinking, "Well, maybe now they will get around to washing the stalls." Nothing has happened on that front.  There is a lot of black stuff in the grout of the shower stall itself.  There is a lot of black slimy stuff in certain parts of the tile floor where water sits.  There is also green stuff growing on the floor at the point where the outside of the shower stall hits the floor.  I hope that someone will take a look at this situation soon. The old "gang showers" may have deprived us of some privacy, but they were 100 times cleaner, with many fewer surfaces to worry about.  

    I realize there are a lot of showers in the locker room, and that usage doesn't justify having so many, probably. You might consider closing some of them off and devoting more cleaning time to the ones that remain open.  Many thanks, Laurie Reynolds

  • Locker room improvement in CRCE

    It's difficult to use the lockers in CRCE because there're only one or two hooks per locker.  Moreover, the hooks are very small so that one can hang a limited number of  items on the hooks.  This is very different from the lockers in ARC, where each locker has about six hooks, and the hooks are bigger, allowing one to hang more things.

  • DCR Event Calendar

    Please include on the DCR Event Calendar all events that will be using a significant portion of the ARC such as career fairs, tournaments, and swimming meets.  The swimming meets on January 24 and 31, for example, were not on the Calendar.  This inclusion would make it easier for members to know when the ARC (and the parking lots) are likely to be more crowded.  

  • update of cycling equipment

    I know we have stationary bike, but i prefer to use my own bike for training purpose. Is that possible that school provide cycling trainers, which is much cheaper than stationary bike. (For example,

    Thank you so much. 

  • testing post

    Testing to see posting....

  • RealTime building usage information?

    I am a UIUC staff member and a regular user of CRCE and  I want to suggest the idea of enabling user access to real time usage statistics for the Campus Rec buildings. An Iphone App would be even more useful! The convenience of knowing when the buildings are underused and overused could allow patrons to gauge their own usage times based on the slower building usage times.  If not real time data, even historic usage data would be helpful as well, such as peak usage for each day of the week.

  • Phone app?

    I have a new phone and I'd like to reinstall the Rec phone app but I can't find it online - is it no longer being used? It was very helpful for checking gym hours.

  • Ellipticals on upper level


    On the west side of the upper level, overlooking the "winter garden" atrium, there used to be 6 Life Fitness 95X Ellipticals.  Any time of the day, these machines would be quite popular - often fully subscribed while other machines on that level remained empty.  So, you've replaced 4 of these machines with a different Life Fitness (very similar to the Precore (?) with the orange pedals at the north end across the "divide").  Now these 4 new machines are largely unused, or at least no more than average.

    I know that there are tons of other 95X machines near the climbing wall on the upper level and lining both sides of the entry level.  But these 6 were pleasant to use with the garden overlook.

    Curious to replace the most popular machines with ones similar to less-used machines.  Just an observation.

    Oh, and count me as one who is not pleased with the change to Gym Wipes.  I've never seen anyone use them after a workout.  They might be slightly more successful if there were at least 3-4 times as many stations.  But their paucity is a factor in the disappointing introduction of this "upgrade".  You could have had a more successful rollout with more stations and better publicity of the reasons.  (And wipes that wipe better.)

    Thanks for listening.

  • Waste "bins on Lower Level

    Minor complaint:  Currently there are only two waste bins on the lower level east of the weight area;  i.e., the area including all the squash and racquetball courts and the cycling studio.  One is near racquetball courts 2 and 3.  The other is "hidden" in the corner across from the cycling studio.  I would suggest better access be provided to the bins for users.  Whether or not a third bin is needed, at least move the "hidden" bin to a more accessible location such as the drinking fountain north of the cycling studio.   

  • Plyometric boxes

    Most gyms (university and YMCA) I have visited in the past have had a set of affordable, but sturdy plyometric boxes ( for use in the weight room. These are not only useful for plyometric exercises, but also for box squats and for those of us who can't reach the very high pull-up and chin-up bars in the ARC lower level (this would also reduce congestion for the one assisted pull-up machine).


    I would love to see a set of these added to the ARC lower level, perhaps near the Bosu ball, yoga mat, and foam roller hallway.

  • Seated Calf Raise Machine

    Crce needs a seated calf raise machine with plates. The cable one is exponentially less effective at hitting your calves. The seated calf raise machine is a staple for all calf workouts, and a neccesity for all gyms.

  • Missing Water Weights at ARC Pool

    Over the past several weeks, all but one of the heavy (blue) dumbbells for water exercise at ARC have disappeared. They're not mixed in with the pool buoys, and the water fitness instructor isn't sure what happened to them either. 

    There's easily demand for four or five sets of the heavy ones. It'd be great to have them back!

  • Towels out, wet wipes in...why?

    As a regular visitor to the ARC, I have been noticing the well known spray bottles and towels have been disappearing. Where I first thought staff just hadn't replaced then yet, they seem to have disappeared altogether now. In exchange we have received a couple of inconvenient places wet wipe containers.


    Now, I have the following issues with this new system:

    - this is an assumption, but I can't imagine this is more environmentally friendly. As of right now it might be (as no one is using the wet wipes) but thousands of wet wipes a day can't be better than washing a full load of towels once let day

    - absolutely no one is using the wet wipes. Today I saw someone get up, look around for a minute to see where the towels were. He even looked in some different aisles. Obviously to no avail and he just left without cleaning. I can't blame him. The dispensers are poorly placed, as you sometimes have to walk halfway accross the gym to access a wet wipe. And then you have to return to put it on the trash. Especially considering the amount of traffic the arc gets, this can become quite troublesome. Whilst the previous system was simply: get up, turn around, spray, spray, wipe and move on


    i can imagine the dispensers running out way faster than all the towels getting too dirty (unless, as is now the case, no is using the wet wipes) as there are only a few dispensers with a floored supply of wipes. This will require  more staff hours to replenish these as well higher costs.


    So, in short, the new system is bad for the environment, inefficient, ineffective, causing sweat and dirt to pile up and more costly. I believe the ARC management thought their change through however, so perhaps I am wrong, but I would like to see how this wet wipe system is an improvement in any way.

  • Poor service in ARC phone

    Dear officer,

    I made a phone call to 2173333806 on October 9 morning to book the badminton court. However, I got hung up my phone three times while I were still talking. The first time the agent he didn't say anything just hung up my call. I thought if the siginal is poor made him can't hear me, at least he should say he can't hear me before hung up the call. The second time he said the booking serveice starts at seven o'clork and before geting my reply, hung up the phone again. Then, I had to made another call at seven. This time, after I giving me my information, he said he booked a court for me and hung up the call again while I were still talking again! 

    I thought this is a student service center and it is not a respect manner to me. I hope this situation can be improved in the furture. Thank you for your attentation in advanced!


  • Mirrors for the Squat Racks and platforms

    I would like to suggest installing mirrors or reorganizing the layout of for the squat racks and platforms. It seems that every bench is in front of a mirror while there are only 2 out of the 5 available squat rack and none of the platform pads are placed in front of a mirror. I feel that I am more secure and can easily check my form for safety and improvement as a weight lifter with a mirror in front of me when km squatting or using a platform. Further I do not see any reason why there needs to be a bench in front of a mirror. I hope you will take my suggestion into consideration. Thank you

  • Prof Emeritus

    The clock above the drinking fountain near the glass racquetball courts has been missing since May 2014!

    I complained 4 times at the ARC main desk near the entrance, and my friends did that too.

    The clock is still MISSING!

    Shungwu Lee

  • CrossFit Rig

    There is a growing number of CrossFitters attending the ARC and I was curious to see if Campus Rec could dedicate one of th East Hallway courts into a CrossFit area where there would be weights and especially a CrossFit Rig.  Since half of the courts are almost unoccupied I think the space could be better used. 


    Thank you.

  • using phones not equipment at ARC and CRCE

    The subject comes up in casual locker room talk sometimes: People often use cell phones in the work-out areas, usually sitting down. On some floors the only places to sit are on the pulley machines etc .Place some chairs or stools from Campus Surplus around so folks who want to use the same machine don't have to seek a polite way to ask somebody to scram.


  • unable to use match board

    I am posting here because I tried to ask on the match board and nothing happened. Here's the problem:


      Tried to add myself to racquetball match board using "+" at  . Got the email as promised, clicked "here". Link came up Page Cannot be Displayed (i.e. 404 kind of error). A cookie problem perhaps?

    Ron Larkin

  • CRCE Cleanliness

    The moist wipes system installed is not sufficient with regard to the number of stations and trash receptacles for disposing of these wipes after use.  As a result, there are often wipes left lying around the gym on the floor and walls etc. Moreover, these systems do not work when the dispensers are empty.

    If staff are not available to fill the squirt bottles then staff will also not be available to fill the wipes stations, so the cleanliness of the gym will continue to decline. I appears that only a limited number of people are using these wipes (limited availability issue?) and thus the equipment is left dirty with dried sweat and other bodily funk, which is a concern since there are a number of communicable diseases that can be passed in gym environments when left unclean.

    Pleae come up with another solution to CRCE's cleanliness issue.

  • Precor 100i ellipticals removed from ARC

    Last week you removed from ARC the Precor 100i ellipticals that were the best for my intensive workouts. You had at least 10 of them in the U- and M-levels. Now there is only one, in a corner on the upper level. Often I have to wait for it. When one user was leaving she also remarked that "they have taken our machines". I think many people miss them. The new, different ellipticals are not as good for balance and for range of motion, for use in intensive workouts, I have tried them all. Please return a number of the Precor 100i ellipticals to ARC.

  • Suggestion for better Body Pump space logistics

    Since the turnout at Body Pump classes has been consistently high, it would be really helpful to use a larger space for Tuesday morning and Saturday noon sessions, and thus accommodate all interested and dedicated Group Fitness members. The idea of holding parallel classes in MP 4 & 5 on Monday and Wednesday afternoons has been extraordinarily functional: full use of all the available equipment has been made possible and nobody is turned away. Please consider doing something similar for other Body Pump sessions, or moving the class space to one of the bigger MPs, for instance, MP2. We are fortunate to have enough equipment and fantastic instructors, let's make full use of these resources and benefit all the passionate Body Pump Illini!



  • Equipment Cleanliness

    The towels and squirt bottles have been removed from all the equipment and replaced by disposable wipes. I can understand if this ends up being more hygenic, since I was sometimes doubtful of how clean the towels were, but I didn't know the disposable wipes were even present for a few weeks. I've noticed a huge increase in people not wiping down equipment (and by huge increase, I mean that I have not seen a single person do it this semester) because nobody knows that these wipes exist. Along those lines, there's very few dispensers located around the gym. It's more likely that someone will wipe down the equipment if the cleaning supplies are right in front of them.

    Please increase the number of dispensers and signage so people know that they exist or at the very least bring back some of the towels and squirt bottles.

  • Freer Pool available Fa14?

    I cannot find Freer Pool hours for this term.  Does anyone know what they are?  Web site seems to be broken (safari and chrome).

  • group fitness - pdf ?

    Could you please post a PDF of the group fitness classes? In the past, it was one page that included all the CRCE and ARC classes during the semester. It's easier to read at a glance instead of the calendar. Thanks.

  • Medicine Balls?

    I can't seem to find any medicine balls at the ARC.  I know you have those huge fabric-like ones, but where are the rubber ones that look like basketballs?  I've seen some in the private training rooms.  Are we allowed to take those to use?  I am just surprised that I can't find them anywhere.  There's a ton of the fabric ones, but those don't work for every exercise.  Please let me know.


  • Will the hot tub be open at all the remainder of the summer

    Will the hot tob be open anytime soon?  Everytime it gets closed, it seems it takes weeks for it to be opened again, and we don't have that much time left in the summer session. 

  • locker rentals

    I was trying to rent a locker at CRCE today but was told that I have to wait till August 1st because I didn’t rent one last year. Given the limited number of lockers, this means that some people can rent year after year while others may not have a chance to rent at all, which is not fair. I think the lockers should be made available for rent to all members at the same time. Thank you for considering this suggestion.


  • How about a class for SUP

    Hi, I REALLY would like the opportunity to learn SUP (stand up paddling). This has become a really big sport. There is no place in our area. I know this seems like it should just be intuitive. but If I had a few lessons, including what kind of board, size, paddle, etc. I should look for if I want to buy one-that would be so great. I was thinking that just a few boards in the ARC pool, or even inside would work. You have scuba lessons, and SUP is great for all ages. I would like this before I go to say, Chicago or elsewhere to SUP. Thanks so much. 




    Aisha Lamb Sobh

  • Summer Session II Membership

    I'm not sure who to contact about this issue but I'm hoping that someone from Campus Rec can clear this up for me. Assuming I am not the first person to become incredibly frustrated about this, can someone tell me why just the ARC membership is not available for students also taking classes? If a student is on campus but not taking classes, the fee is $85. The service fee (for the credit range I am taking) is $142, including the ARC and other miscellaneous services. Because I'm taking online courese, I was not charged the service fee. However I am on campus for the summer doing research so I would really like to go to the gym to stay active and was surprised when I was told I could not purchase a gym membership by itself even if I were not planning on using any of the other resources available paid for under the service fee. Tution itself is already thousands of dollars, so I'm angry as to why just because I am on campus but taking online classes, I have to pay roughly 60 more dollars than someone else on campus but not taking any classes. This seems counterintuitive to me.

  • Temperature when outdoor pool open

    This morning the temperature was less than 60º, yet the outside pool was open, because, as a lifeguard said, "The swim team took over the inside pool." Furthermore, with half of the women's locker room closed, there was no shower available for me to warm up in after my chilly swim. I'm home now and still feeling chilled to the bones.

    Incidentally, a cockroach was was skittering in the long hallway I had to take from the pool to get to the only door open to the women's locker room. I didn't feel llike stepping on it with bare feet. And, it wouldn't have been safe to go cockroach chasing on tile floors with wet feet. So, I'll probably meet that roach and its cousins again in that hallway.

    Anyway, is it, or is it not, the policy to close the ARC outside pool when the temperature is lower than 60º? If it is the policy, why is the policy not adhered to? If it is not the policy, what is the policy?

  • Sand Court Lines

    Is there any possibility that the sand court lines be either permanently put back into the sand for use until the end of the year or atleast rentable/returnable when people want to use the courts for competitive sand volleyball? Drawing lines with your feet doesnt cut it. If help is required setting them up I am more than happy to get the job done.

  • Weightlifting Platform

    The two weightlifting platforms in the basement of the ARC have a substantial amount of indentation and tear within them.  I know the campus rec recently replaced the rubber weights (thank you) but the platfroms are in horrible condition.  I was hoping that you can replace them soon sometime within the future, and if possible add additional platforms since there is a high demand for their use and limited supply. 


    Thank you!

  • What happened to the Wii Nunchuks?

    On days when I want an upper-body workout, I like to play Wii Sports. However, the last couple of times I have checked out the equipment, the staff have not been able to find any nunchuks, even if I am the only one downstairs playing. This limits what I can do. Surely it wouldn't be too expensive to replace them if they have broken or walked off?

  • Please update Concept2 Firmware


    I spoke to someone at the front desk at CRCE and left a note but was told it would be a good idea to come online and post about this here as well. Over the holidays I received a Garmin Forerunner watch to track my running, biking, and swimming, and recently learned it could also record rowing exercies from Concept2 with the PM4 monitor. According to the Concept 2 site, this feature is enable with Firmware 313 Build 8 or higher.


    Currently I believe the machines are using Firmware 313 Build 0; I checked this on one of the two machines at CRCE. The machines allow one to connect a heart rate monitor but not a watch or smartphone. At the link above there is a video and if you look at about the 2:00 mark you'll see "Connect Device" as a menu option that does not currently exist (at least on the one machine I used; it's possible Concept2 rowers at ARC might be ahead on the firmware).

    I don't believe there is any downside in updating the firmware and I would truly appreciate the additional feature to record my rowing workouts.

    Thanks for your consideration!

    -- Jon

  • Power Generated by Stationary Bikes


    I've noticed that on stationary bikes at the ARC and at CRCE, it shows how much power you are generating. Specifically at CRCE, I believe it shows how many minutes worth of power one generates to charge the bike. I'm curious if the bike users are actually powering the bikes. If so, could you explain briefly how it works at the fitness centers, the impact that they've had, and if it can possibly be expanded beyond the bikes themselves? If not, would you implement this ability? I'm not sure if it would work for treadmills, as well, but that would be great if it would.

    I would imagine that over time this would save money on the fitness centers' electricity bills, while at the same time being that much more beneficial for the environment. Thanks!

  • great service

    I just wanted to comment on how great my service has been at the reservation desk.  Everyone has been especially helpful and friendly every time i go. Staff are quick to respond to needs and offer friendly service, especially the crew at 7pm on Mondays :)

  • Piped in Music Unpleasant and Unnecessary

    My family and I were so sorry to hear the piped-in music that has begun tobe  played in CRCE (and perhaps the ARC).  We range in age from 13 to 57 and none of us like the songs that are played, but more importantly, most gym-goers are "plugged in" to our own music and we don't want the sound of bad 1980s and 90s songs seeping in on the side.  And for the few who enjoy a more contemplative run or exercise session, the new music is extremely annoying.  Please reconsider this decision or at least poll the gym users to see if people really want this.

    Thank you.

  • Bad Water Filter Status

    I noticed a few weeks ago that the water filter status light on both water fountains that I use to fill up my water bottle turned to yellow. (First floor on the right when you walk in after swiping I-card then second floor by bathrooms) Then a few days later they were red. I told Member Services that the filter needed to be changed. A few days later, the filters were still red. I was there yesterday and there was a sticker over the filter status lights. I peeled the sticker off and the light was red underneath. They really need to change the filter instead of covering it up. 

  • BodyPump "Full-Class" Policy

    The "class is full" policy used to restrict access to BodyPump and other Les Mills classes is outrageous and unacceptable. Its chief purpose is artificially to drum up the popularity and exclusivity of these classes in relation to the rest of the group fitness repertoire. Holders of the unlimited group fitness pass have a right to participate in the full range of their preferred classes and at all scheduled times. It is highly desirable to provide more equipment and open up more classes in parallel time slots. Otherwise, if the restrictive policy continues, while there is still enough physical space and available equipment in the exercise room, then the Campus Recreation should reduce the price of group fitness passes or offer discounts to members who are unjustifiably barred from participating in their preferred classes.

  • Rubber bands

    How often does the ARC provide bandaids, athletic tape, water, and numerous other items to ARC users for free that it doesn't expect back in return? I'm guessing if you took a poll, it would show that hands down, males use far more athletic tape than females, but anyways... On the very infrequent occasion that an individual (generally female) forgets to bring a ponytail holder, upon asking to borrow a rubberband, an ARC employee will respond that it will cost $0.25 cents. This seems absolutely ridiculous given the other items ARC so freely hands out and that cost way more than an extremely cheap rubberband, and really 25 cents?! I'm guessing most individuals don't go to the ARC with money on them, nor can I imagine that a rubberband actually costs that much. (See generally or Google "rubber bands", pretty sure they cost WAY less). It's weird that I can do some pushups/pullups and get a t-shirt, nutrition bar, and other "free" stuff, which definitely would've cost over $10 (ARC Olympic event last week). If the ARC wants to encourage individuals to have great workouts and be supportive of students generally it should provide rubber bands freely to students as well. Obviously if this was abused and one individual was asking for a rubber band everyday that would be excessive, but most individuals likely forget this important item once or twice a semester. Given that the basketball courts are overwhelmingly used by male students and athletic tape is used by them more frequently as well in the weight room, it seems reasonable that the ARC could go above and beyond and provide us girls with one favor. I mean really how hard is it to go to a large merchandiser and buy some super inexpensive rubber bands? Maybe it's just that your employee was rude about it and asked what my intent for having a rubber band was, but really, in the grand scheme of things maybe you could just help us out? Thanks!

  • Stairmasters

    As a patron of this gym, I feel it would be more beneficial if we had more stairmasters. Currently we only have two at the ARC (to the extent of my knowledge, and the staff's). Last semester one was out of commision, resulting in the other one being in constant use. With two, the situation is not much better as I have found that they are consistently used. I would appreciate one or two more as I feel this would help. 

    Thanks for your consideration

    (For clarification, I mean the actual stairmasters with physical steps, not the up-and-down ones)

  • Heavier Dumbbells for Water Exercise


    Would it be possible to get more of the heavy (blue) dumbbells for water exercise at ARC and CRCE? There are plenty of light (yellow) and a huge amount of medium (green) dumbbells, but only one set of heavy dumbbells at each pool. There's easily demand for four or five sets of the heavy ones. 


  • Weighted Belt at CRCE

    I was wondering if it would be possible to get weighted belts with chains at CRCE?  I know the ARC has two but I haven't seen them at CRCE and would like to use them for weighted dips and pullups.  


  • ARC Pool Hours

    Is there an open swim schedule for the ARC indoor pool? I wanted to swim for a while following a water aerobics class yesterday, but was told that the non-lap area of the pool was closed. This was at 6:30pm. According to the website, the pool was open until 10pm. I'm new to the facility, so perhaps I missed something? 

  • ARC Cardio Area machine suggestion

    I'd like to suggest a HIP AB/AD machine on the top level of ARC in the Cardio/Weight area.