Trends in Campus Fitness and Rec Center Programming

HEAVY-BREATHING ROOM The popularity of cardio exercise leads to views like this one at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. (Photo by Kun Zhang, Dimension Images, courtesy of RDG)
HEAVY-BREATHING ROOM The popularity of cardio exercise leads to views like this one at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. (Photo by Kun Zhang, Dimension Images, courtesy of RDG)

The years that separate a building's initial planning and its completion make it imperative that owners and architects are accurately able to forecast future needs. Fortunately, the pace of change isn't so rapid that they must dabble in science fiction — after all, basketball is alive and well almost 125 years after James Naismith invented it. But one needn't travel too far beyond the court to find a cautionary tale; racquetball, invented 65 years ago by Joseph Sobek, has over the past 30 years declined significantly in popularity, resulting in a reclamation and adaptation of courts since the activity's late-'80s peak.

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