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Cullen Battle went “sledding” when a bigger, better Burdick Hall opened in February. The 94,000-square-foot addition to TU’s recreation center gave the sophomore plenty of space to push a sled weighing more than 450 pounds.

The new gym also boasts “The Jungle,” a training course that mimics the obstacles on the NBC television show “American Ninja Warrior.” Runners can test their mettle on a sprint hill and simulated stadium stairs.

The $42.5 million renovation to Burdick Hall added 22,000 square feet of open floor space, two courts with rubber athletic flooring, three studios for group fitness classes and a cycling studio with sound, lights and video display. There’s also new cardio and strength machines, free weights and a “skills studio” with equipment used for boxing and skill-based training.