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The Arapahoe Pinnacle

Pinnacle Classic- Winter is Coming: Explore the ACC Fitness Center and Lock up that Summer Body


This story was originally published on Oct 20, 2016.

It’s that time of year. Hoodies and sweatpants are getting tied, fireplaces will be lit, and standards for personal health are often abandoned. Sometimes people say the commute to a gym is too far. For others it is the price of a membership that is just too expensive. Maybe you’re just procrastinating until summer approaches.

Regardless of the deterrent, it is never too early to bring out the best in yourself, and ACC’s Fitness Center provides all the necessary tools for you to buck the trend.


Five days a week I find myself making the drive to 24 Hour Fitness, and five days a week I waste 30 minutes driving round trip. Add that to the $35/ month membership fee and this can be a high price to pay for personal health.

If only there was a free membership to a gym that has all the bells and whistles, that was nearby, and worked around my schedule.  Lucky for you, there is, and I will give my personal endorsement in saying that the ACC gym is equal or superior to any other facility I have visited.gym_02-1

As you walk in, you can see the vast floor plan, stuffed to the gills with shiny equipment, a pickleball court, and a calendar to point you towards whatever section of the warehouse you need to reach your goals. There is a calendar that keeps students up to date with the class schedules and contact information for instructors who can assist fitness fanatics of any level in breaking through plateaus.

As someone who has been working out religiously for the last eight years, I am rather well versed in various equipment and the methods in which they should be used. I will say again, ACC’s gym has everything you need and more to get the best work out of your life.  Convenience is a non-factor, as the facility opens at 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and is only closed on Sunday.


Having kids and working full time can be very time consuming for me, so being able to squeeze a lift in before class can make a world of difference. It can be easy to get lost trying to find it, as it is located in the seldom explored Annex Building, but it is worth the exploration.

For ACC students with a valid I.D., you will experience all this health oasis has to offer for the outrageous price tag of $0, and for everyone else, rates can be found in the front entrance. For any questions or comments, Fitness Center Coordinator Kendra Hawkins can be reached by email at [email protected], or simply stop in to give this gem of a gym a look.


Take advantage of this and you will thank yourself. Neglect the opportunity to utilize this facility and come next summer, when sunscreen ads are riddling your television, you’ll be wishing you spent your winter in the ACC Fitness Center.

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Marcus Montoya
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Marcus Montoya is an aspiring journalist at Arapahoe Community College. While majoring in Journalism and Contemporary Media, he plans on covering sports, as well as health and wellness. Check in weekly to get the scoop on this week’s slate of upcoming games, or learn a new tip to keep you feeling healthy. When Marcus isn’t watching the Oakland Raiders or the Miami Heat, he is most likely giving one of his children, Marcus Jr. or Athena, a piggyback ride. Other hobbies of his include weightlifting, as well as cooking big family dinners. If you can’t wait to read his next piece, maybe you can ask him for a preview while he serves you the world’s best pancakes at your LoneTree Snooze, where he is a server.
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    Megan MahnkenNov 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Have you taken any of the group fitness classes?
    Or done a actual class for credit?
    I’m pondering taking Pilates or yoga but I’m a little hesitate not knowing what to expect.


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      Marcus MontoyaNov 3, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      Megan, I have not taken any classes as of now in the Fitness Center. From what I saw though I am sure that it would be a great investment of your time. As far as yoga and pilates are concerned, both are great for overall well being and yoga is something I have wanted to get more involved with myself, as it is highly beneficial in any and all aspects of physical exercise. As I always say when things are interesting but I am unsure of my expectations, jump in and decide after if you like it. No harm no foul if it doesn’t work, but if you enjoy it the plunge was well worth it.
      Hope that helps in some way.

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    Perri CunninghamOct 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Thank you Marcus for your endorsement of our facility! We strive to provide our students with the best equipment possible and hopefully up to the standards of the big box gyms….and we are right here on campus!

    More new equipment is coming soon to enhance the free weight area…everyone, please stay tuned!

    We are also open to any requests and will consider how we can continue to improve our area for all students and employees.

    Come see us!
    Perri Cunningham
    Fitness Center Director

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    Cindy SomersOct 14, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you Marcus for highlighting what our Fitness Center has to offer.

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      Marcus MontoyaOct 16, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Dear Cindy,
      No problem! I love getting people involved. Often times that starts with getting them informed. I look forward a weight filled winter with the other joiners from ACC.

      Thank you,
      Marcus Montoya

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