NPAC staff wants to step up equipment offerings

Robert Dombrowski, 20, sophomore of Grand Island, rides on the Expresso bike, a machine that allows people to  interact with 35 different routes. –Photo illustration by Ashley Swanson

Robert Dombrowski, 20, sophomore of Grand Island, rides on the Expresso bike, a machine that allows people to interact with 35 different routes. –Photo illustration by Ashley Swanson

New equipment, which the college is planning to purchase for its cardio room, is now available for a trial period in the NPAC.

Three machines, an Expresso bike, a Matrix Stairmaster, and a Cybex Arc Trainer, all from Nova Fitness Equipment, a supplier from Omaha, are available in the cardio room until April 23, Chris Green, the NPAC Coordinator, said.

“Everyone loves them,” Green said. “They love the interactive parts of the equipment.”

The NPAC used surveys to get feedback.

“We received lots of positive feedback from the surveys,” Green said.

Jessica Stodola, 20, a junior of Clarkson said she was pleased with the new machines.

“The new equipment tends to work you harder than our older machines,” she said. “It adds enjoyment to working out.”

The Expresso Bike is a stationary exercise bike with a 19-inch LCD screen and a computer designed with many courses for riders to follow.

“It’s like playing a game,” Green said. “Most ride for miles before they realize they have been working out.”

The Matrix Stairmaster is a stair-stepping machine with many interactive functions that help the user improve their workout Green said.

The Cybex Arc Trainer is similar to an elliptical, but it allows your body to burn calories while using a swinging motion that is easy on your joints Green said.

The three units cost about $6,000 per piece Green said.

“We asked for money from Student Senate a week ago. If it is passed the money will come partially from senate’s NPAC Improvement fund,” Green said. “The rest of the funding will come from the Community Wellness Account.”

The account is funded by membership fees charged to the community members, Green said.

“It makes sense to split the funding between the two groups who will use the equipment,” he said.

The funding proposal is now in a review period, Student Senate Vice President T.J. Thomson, 22, a senior of Golden Colo., said.

“The proposal will be reviewed for a week and is expected to be voted on at our next meeting on April 22,” he said.

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