The ultimate frisbee team has turned the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point library into their own workout facility, taking advantage of the building’s 108 stairs on a weekly basis.
Dustin Oetzman, senior business marketing major, is a member of the university’s ultimate frisbee team. Oetzman said that the team has been running up the campus library’s five flights of stairs for as long as he has been an athlete.
“There are actually four or five stairwells in the library, and there are three that are majorly used. We use the one that is least popular, it is over by the museum where not too many people use the staircase,” Oetzman said.
Oetzman is unaware of any other sports teams, besides the women’s ultimate frisbee team, that run up the library stairs.
“The workout is pretty grueling by the time you are done. It is about as difficult as it sounds,” Oetzman said.
Rob Lyke, senior geographic information systems major, is the head captain of the team.
“Ultimate is a lot of running and the library is the tallest building on campus and it is tough work. I think running the stairs is the perfect exercise for ultimate,” Lyke said.
According to Lyke, the team has been increasing their stair workouts this semester to prepare for big tournaments coming up.
“The one thing that I will say about stair workouts is that no matter how in shape you are or how long you’ve been doing it, it does not get easier,” Lyke said.
Lyke said that stair workouts are also a great team bonding activity.
“We always hit Debot after working out. It builds up the team’s comradery as well,” Lyke said.
Thomas Mattimiro, senior physics major, is the team’s secretary and believes team trust is a huge part of being successful on the field.
“I like the idea of a team workout because it creates a sense of actually being a team. We try and encourage everyone to hang out and do stuff outside of practice and tournaments, so that we are comfortable with each other when it counts,” Mattimiro said.