The Shippensburg University Recreation Center (ShipRec) recently updated its cardiovascular equipment to further accommodate students’ needs.
The new equipment replaced the original machines from 2008. They are checked twice a year and a report is given on their status. Eventually, the cost of maintenance on the old machines was above the value of the equipment.
The ShipRec previously considered upgrading the machines, and wanted to make sure it had student input about what machines to get, according to ShipRec director Galen Piper.
Piper worked with students from the Student Government Association to look at similar institutions’ facilities. They particularly looked at what machines were most popular among students.
The ShipRec now has 45 cardio machines, compared to the 39 they had in the past. The upgrade cost was about $180,000.
“I think the 45 options are going to take care of our needs when we’re at peak demand,” Piper said.
The machines replaced in the ShipRec include ellipticals, adaptive motion trainers, upright bikes and recumbent bikes. New machines added include two step machines, two row machines and two spin bikes.
The new machines have the ability to connect to Wi-Fi, and users can create an account to customize their workouts.
They can also compete with other users while working out, and use their Netflix and Hulu accounts or university TV options, according to Piper.
He said he usually sees more people in the ShipRec during the colder months of the year when people do less activity outside.
“My inclination will be to say it’ll be busier in January, February and March,” Piper said.
The ShipRec has also expanded its group fitness classes. The ShipRec reached out to local organizations to hold classes. These classes include yoga, provided by New Day Yoga, and boot camp taught by Power Train.
As far as student feedback about the new equipment, Piper said, “People have been positive about it.”
For more information about ShipRec hours, students should call the ShipRec hotline at (717) 477-1561 or check the ShipRec Facebook page.