Each year, people around the world make the same New Year’s resolution — to be healthier. Whether that means exercising more, shedding a few pounds or improving your overall diet, Concordia’s Athletic Department can help accomplish this goal.
In terms of facilities, Concordia is home to two full-length artificial turf fields — one acting as the 4000-seat Concordia Stadium and one covered by the dome in the winter — Ed Meagher Arena and the Concordia Gymnasium. The university also offers two state-of-the-art gyms, Le Centre and Le Gym.
The artificial turf fields, the arena and the gymnasium, both on the Loyola campus, are home to the Stingers varsity teams. However, these facilities are not solely available for varsity-level athletes. The Athletics Department offers 10 intramural leagues available to Concordia students, faculty members and the public.
Concordia’s intramural leagues include basketball, ball hockey, ice hockey, indoor soccer, dome soccer, outdoor soccer, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, dome ultimate frisbee and volleyball. Outdoor soccer, lacrosse and ultimate frisbee leagues take place in the fall on the artificial turf fields. Basketball, ball hockey, indoor soccer and volleyball intramural leagues all take place inside Concordia Gymnasium. Dome soccer and dome frisbee last throughout the winter in the Stinger Dome. Finally, intramural ice hockey takes place at Ed Meagher Arena throughout the winter. Although registration deadlines have passed for these leagues, there still might be space available.
At certain times throughout the day, the arena, gymnasium and dome fields have open time for any Concordia student. Check the Athletic Department’s website to see when each facility has its open period.
If organized sport leagues are not of interest, Concordia offers a list of activities and classes to join. Aerobics/spinning, dance, fitness and relaxation and martial arts classes are available starting mid-January and ending mid-April. Depending on the activity, the cost to join one of these classes ranges anywhere from $20 to $60.
Twice a week, inside the Stinger Dome, the golf driving range is open. Students, faculty members and the general public can buy a basket of 70-75 golf balls for $8, $10, or $12 respectively.
Fancy a workout before or after class — or on break? Both of Concordia’s gyms are equipped with high-tech and up-to-date machines to make your workouts more efficient. Le Gym, located in the EV building on the Sir George Williams campus, boasts 10,000 square feet of training space and includes 75 cardio machines, the Technogym kinesis system and 75 strength stations. Le Gym is open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and weekends starting at 9 a.m.. Memberships, which lasts until the end of April, costs Concordia students $60, staff, faculty and alumni $120 and the general public $150.
Back at the Loyola Campus, Le Centre is another option for those based in the area. This gym is a part of the PERFORM Center and has some of the best and top-of-the-line equipment at everyone’s disposal. Le Centre uses Technogym equipment which tracks and organizes all your information and workouts in a simple-to-use system. Memberships are the same price as Le Gym; however, memberships are not interchangeable. Two separate memberships are required for both gyms.
For more information check out http://athletics.concordia.ca/