Aztec Recreation Welcomes New Professional Team Members.


NicoleWidmerNicole Widmer joined the Aztec Recreation team as Associate Director for Member Services and Facilities on September 29th. Nicole was previously at UCLA where she had been serving as the Assistant Manager of Pauley Pavilion. Nicole brings a wealth of experience in the recreation industry to the role including the leadership, management and oversight of large scale recreation and athletics facility management, renovation and construction, recreation program development and fiscal oversight, staff supervision and development, high profile event management, marketing and communications, risk management, and experience with large scale facility construction and renovation projects. In addition to her experience in Campus Recreation, Nicole previously served as a program director for YMCA of San Diego. Nicole holds a Master’s degree in Teaching and Teacher Education from the University of Arizona where she also served as the graduate assistant for Intramural Sports and Special programs. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from CSU Pomona.


Pam MahlowPam Mahlow, Aztec Recreation’s new Associate Director of Programs joined the team on October 20th from Stanford University where she had been serving as the Associate Director of Recreation for Sports and Physical Education. Pam brings fourteen years of experience across campus recreation, athletics and physical education to the new role including the leadership, management and oversight of club sports, intramural sports, youth camps, credit classes, aquatics, and special events. In addition to her recreation experience, Pam brings substantial project management, grant writing, assessment and reporting experience from her tenure as a Research Coordinator with the Center for Health Policy at Stanford’s School of Medicine. Pam holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in Kinesiology – Sport Psychology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Physiological Sciences from UCLA.


AJ GonzalezAntero “AJ” Gonzalez started in his new role as Facility Supervisor September 15th. AJ holds a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Eastern Michigan University where he served for two years as the Graduate Assistant for Facilities for the Department of Campus Recreation. He previously served as a Facility Supervisor as well as an Intramural Sports Supervisor for the Department of Campus Recreation at the University of Kansas where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. AJ brings excellent experience in the areas of facility scheduling, facility operations, special event management, recreational sports programming and student development to our team.

Welcome Home to Your New Recreation Benefits at the Union

Aztec Student Union
ARC Express, located on the third floor, south side of the Aztec Student Union

It’s almost here: January 22, 2014 Associated Students opens the new Aztec Student Union! The Union is your living room at SDSU, complete with two new recreation facilities.

“The new ARC Express at the Union will have the latest and greatest fitness equipment. Members are going to be so happy with the new space and options,” said Amy Schiller, Aztec Recreation’s marketing coordinator. “The expanded and modernized Aztec Lanes has been greatly anticipated by students and members. Everyone is eager and excited to check it out.”

ARC Express Events and Equipment

The 6,000-square-foot ARC Express is located on the south side of the 3rd floor of the Union.  The new ARC satellite location has spectacular views of the surrounding area to enjoy while squeezing in a work out and it will feature a wide variety of the industry’s finest fitness equipment.  Learn about all of the highlights of the new fitness location here.

Beginning January 22, ARC Express hours of operation will be:

Monday – Friday: 8:00AM – 10:00PM and Saturday and Sunday: 12:00PM – 6:00PM

Free Small Group Fitness Classes at ARC Express

During the first week of operation, January 22 – 31, 2014, Aztec Recreation fitness instructors will be presenting numerous free small group training sessions at ARC Express.  These training opportunities include instruction on the Synrgy 360 and TRX functional training systems as well as circuit training and foam rolling. Details are available on this A.S. webpage. Regular drop-in access for ARC Express is available for Aztec Recreation members, but for a first-week-of-school promotion the small group classes are open to all members of the SDSU community. Advance registration is required and will be available at the ARC Express front desk.

Aztec Lanes

Bowling is back on campus! Aztec Lanes is SDSU’s new bowling and games center located on the first floor of the Aztec Student Union. At Aztec Lanes participants will enjoy a gaming lounge, five professional-grade billiard tables, two professional-grade table tennis tables and eight big-screen TVs.  Anyone can relax at the lounge and anyone can bowl. Aztec Recreation members bowl free and shoe rental is only $1 for members. The 12 bowling lanes, as well as the scoring and comfortable seating areas, are outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment by Brunswick.  At the Lanes, students will be able to take Exercise and Nutritional Sciences one-credit bowling classes and, starting February, participate in intramural bowling leagues.

Starting January 22, 2014 Aztec Lanes Hours of Operation will be:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9am – 10pm

Thursday, Friday: 9am – Midnight

Saturday: Noon – Midnight

Sunday: Noon – 10pm

Fun Events at the Union During Opening Week

The first week of school will be packed with fun events beyond Aztec Recreation hosted by the Aztec Student Union Programming Board. Check out the schedule and join in the excitement of this momentous time at SDSU. All events are open to members of the SDSU community and range from foam rolling to concerts to Aztec Nights events to brunches to board meetings.

See you @ the Union!

by Kayla Heaviside

One Last Rep Opportunity Drawing Winner – Big Screen TV!

Ralph Relador, Zura Resident.



Ralph Relador picked-up his new big- screen TV with his two buddies from Zura residence hall, Vishnu and Jeremy.  Their plan was to carry it from the ARC to Zura. They were ready for the task so they could get it back to the room, switch it out for their small TV, and then watch comedy movies and play NBA2K.  No surprise, playing basketball is one of Ralph’s favorite activities at the ARC.  He’s known to come in after 2am some nights and shoot hoops or weight train.

Ralph was entered into the opportunity drawing when he was “busted” by ARC staff re-racking his weights. He’s a Kinesiology major here at SDSU with a goal of becoming a physical therapist. Thank you, Ralph, for setting a good example at the ARC.

ARC Express Will Have the Latest in Functional Training Equipment

The ARC Express is the new on-campus fitness facility and will be opening on January 22nd, 2014. Located on the East side of campus, it’s one of the many exciting spaces in the new Aztec Student Union and entry to the ARC Express will be available to Aztec Recreation members. This new workout facility will be located on the 3rd floor of the Union on the south side, offering participants spectacular views of the surrounding area!

The ARC Express will feature state-of-the-art functional training equipment as well as cardio machines, small group training, and a “workout-of-the-day” for ARC members.

Synrgy 360MainImageWe are especially excited about the Synrgy 360 that will be unveiled in the ARC Express. This revolutionary piece of functional training equipment provides limitless opportunities to train smarter, better, and more effectively. It is a full-service training nerve center that will allow members to perform a variety of exercises in order to help them excel in their commitment to moving fitness forward.

The video above shows the amazing functionality of this piece of training equipment. The components available in the ARC Express may vary slightly from those seen in the video.

XL_combo_421x352The Synrgy 360 equipment that will be available for use in the ARC Express will include:

  • Dumbbells
  • Barbells
  • Flat Bench
  • Back Extension Bench
  • Utility Bench
  • Multi-adjustable Bench
  • Cable Motion Chest Press
  • Cable Motion Shoulder Press
  • Cable Motion Pull-down
  • Cable Motion Row
  • Glute Machine
  • Leg Curl Machine
  • Leg Extension Machine
  • Seated Leg Press
  • Pec Fly/Rear Deltoid Machine
  • Cable Motion Space
  • Suspension Zone
  • Versa Space
  • Chin-Up Bar

Along with the Life Fitness Synrgy 360, the ARC Express will feature the following fitness equipment:

• Treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, AMT Trainers & rowing machines

• Battle Ropes, Medicine Balls, TRX

• Weight Training: Free weights up to 50 lbs

• Circuit Training

• Stretching Mats

The ARC Express hours of operation will be:

Monday – Friday: 8:00AM – 10:00PM

Saturday and Sunday: 12:00PM – 6:00PM


By: Kayla Heaviside

Aztec Lanes Bowling Video Tour

We are very excited to share a glimpse of the future Aztec Lanes with you!

Aztec Lanes will be on the first floor of the new Aztec Student Union.  Your new bowling and games center will be adjacent to the Oggi’s Pizza Express and will feature a games lounge, complete with a memorabilia wall, five professional-grade billiards tables, two professional-grade table tennis tables and eight big-screen TVs where you can watch the Aztecs for nationally televised games.

As a feature of the games lounge, Aztec Lanes will offer students a unique viewing window so that you can watch other bowlers from a different angle and perspective.

The 12 lanes, as well as the scoring and seating areas, will be outfitted by Brunswick, with top-of-the -line equipment.

Bowling will be an ARC membership benefit. Guests will also be able to host private parties, take an Exercise and Nutritional Sciences one-credit class, and participate in intramural bowling leagues at Aztec Lanes.

Aztec Lanes will open Jan. 22, 2014. The hours of operation will be as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9am – 10pm
Thursday, Friday: 9am – Midnight
Saturday: Noon – Midnight
Sunday: Noon – 10pm

See you at the Lanes!

By: Kayla Heaviside

ARC Express Video Tour

ARC Express is a 6,000 square foot auxiliary fitness center located on the third floor of the Aztec Student Union. Access to the ARC Express will be an ARC membership benefit! On our hard hat video tour, you can get an idea of the stunning high ceilings, fresh air and features of the new facility, including:
• A cardio zone and TVs with Cardio Theatre, a system that allows you to listen to the TVs using your personal headset
• An open floor plan with plenty of space for stretching, core training and body weight movement
• Free weights, functional training equipment and a selection of weight machines
• A balcony where members can stretch, cool down and enjoy fresh air with views of College Avenue

The hours of operation for the ARC Express will be as follows:

Monday – Friday:  8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday: Noon – 6:00 PM

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