CSULB has assumed operation of the former Frog’s Fitness Wellness Center, now called the Center for Active Aging, which for years has provided special fitness classes for senior citizens and kinesiotherapy for the disabled.
Kenneth Millar, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, said CSULB decided to keep the center after realizing the need in the community. The facility, he added, is also important for the Kinesiology Department, which holds classes and kinesiotherapy internships there. Millar said CSULB negotiated a good deal to purchase Frog's fitness equipment, and membership dues are offsetting the costs for staffing. "It's a great program, and it serves an important segment of our community," he commented. "It's a win-win for us."
The Center for Active Aging, which is available only to senior citizens and those in kinesiotherapy programs, officially reopened Feb. 1. Senior citizens who want to join the center are required to join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute located on campus. Although the center will for now remain in its current location, the Walter Pyramid, the facility may be moved to another part of campus this summer to make way for a weight-training center for the Athletic Department. Millar said officials are still working out the details.
Owned by San Francisco-based Club One Inc., Frog's had been renting the space from CSULB for the past 15 years. In December, Frog's announced it would close after membership plummeted with the $70 million Student Recreation and Wellness Center opening.