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[Photo Story] A Look Inside Penn State’s Socially Distanced IM Building

IM Building COVID-19

After a few postponements, the IM Building finally reopened on September 25. However, if you’re headed over for a workout, expect a different experience from years past.

To work out at the IM Building, students must use the online portal to reserve a 75-minute time slot. Time slots are available for registration 48 hours before the sign-up date, and spots fill up quickly.

IM Building COVID-19
IM Building COVID-19

Sections of the fitness center used for weight-lifting have taped off boxes around the equipment. Students must remain within the boxes while using the equipment to maintain social distancing guidelines.

IM Building COVID-19
IM Building COVID-19

There are plenty of weights available for students to use. However, because only one person can be in the activity box at a time, spotting is not permitted and students are asked to “know their limit.”

IM Building COVID-19

While equipment is cleaned by staff in between each group of students, students are still asked to clean the equipment before and after each use.

IM Building COVID-19
IM Building COVID-19

The second-floor cardio section of the fitness center has many different types of machines available for use, although some are closed to maintain social distancing.

The list of machines and equipment available for use in each section of the fitness center can be found using the online portal when signing up for a time slot.

IM Building COVID-19

Locations such as the basketball courts have been turned into areas for working out to accommodate more students while spacing them out. The same guidelines are followed throughout the entire fitness center regardless of what section students are in.

Students can switch between equipment and machines in their respective sections as long as they wipe down each piece of equipment after they use it.

IM Building COVID-19
IM Building COVID-19

There are also sections of the gym open for badminton, pickleball, and table tennis. Matches must be singles only and each student must reserve their own spot. Equipment for games is available for students when they check in.

IM Building COVID-19
IM Building COVID-19

Although many areas of the fitness center remain closed, Campus Recreation seems to be setting up more areas of the building for use in the future. One of the sections appears to be set up to host group spin classes, so that’s certainly something to keep an eye on.

If the recently reopened IM Building doesn’t look like your jam, don’t worry. Campus Rec has a host of virtual and online workouts that can keep you fit in the comfort of your own home.

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Shannon Smith

Shannon is a sophomore majoring in advertising and minoring in DMTA and sports studies. She is a part of the Onward State visual staff and a contributor for Onward States's podcast, Podward State. She is from Long Island, New York and is a die-hard New York Giants fan. To send her your favorite TikTok dance, follow @shann_smith31 on Twitter or @shannon_smith31 on Instagram.

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