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FROM LICKS TO KICKS: Ice cream shop now used for kickboxing, other fitness classes

December 10, 2008 : Eric Brown

Finals week can often be a stressful time for students as they prepare for winter break. Some residents are finding time to relieve that stress by exercising in Liberty University’s new multi-purpose aerobics room. Recently, workers transformed the old Mountain Frost Creamery ice cream shop at Campus North into a fitness room, complete with a Sprung Floor that is ideal for a variety of physical workouts.

Classes being offered are Pilates and core workouts, hardcore aerobics and kickboxing. In the near future, Liberty’s campus recreation department hopes to add exercise balls, punching bags and spin bikes to the area, allowing for a unique fitness experience. There will also be hours available for students to use the room at their own convenience.

“We’ll do a lot more of the kickboxing classes, the high intensity things that [rubber flooring] doesn’t protect your joints from,” said Andrea Sherwood, director of student centers. “We want to have a lot of open time for the students to use it, as well.”

The new aerobics room is located in the LaHaye Student Union, Liberty’s fitness center which includes a six-lane indoor pool, five-court basketball gymnasium, rock climbing wall, weight room and cardio room.