Weight Room 1 in Dixon Recreation Center has gone largely unchanged over the last decade.
However, a significant transition occurs this month, as the Department of Recreational Sports plans to welcome 28 brand new pieces of weight equipment into the building, complementing the recently added accessible equipment during the academic year.
Lines of plate-loaded and FreeMotion equipment along with a new 5-Stack Multi-Station will be installed, providing a more pleasing and functional environment in which students and members can work out.
“It’s a nice upgrade because we’re taking things that are 10 years old and replacing them with the newest version of what we already have,” Recreational Sports Fitness Coordinator Erika Hanselman Green said. “It will look cleaner. Aesthetically, it’s very pleasing. It will be a little more biomechanically correct.”
The plate-loaded equipment comes from Matrix and Precor and will total 16 new pieces. These replace the current plate-loaded equipment, which is comprised of pieces that are 11 years old or more.
You can find a list of the equipment along with links to pictures, information and more in the right sidebar.
“We’re replacing the current line of plate-loaded equipment with a whole new line of plate-loaded equipment,” Green said.
“A lot of the current equipment is just really old. Our goal is to start getting that weight room a little more cutting edge. We need to keep up with the science.”
Ten pieces of FreeMotion equipment are being installed in Weight Room 1 as well. This type of equipment is already located in Weight Room 2.
These will double the amount of FreeMotion access in Dixon Recreation Center.
“There seems to be a real trend — in especially fitness training from a weight standpoint and strength — to more functional training,” Exercise Equipment Maintenance Coordinator Barry Evans said. “(People are) wanting to use those supporting muscle groups. The equipment we’re getting is much more designed to be able to not only do that, but also allow you to do multiple exercises as opposed to sitting down and doing just one.
“With the free-motion equipment, there’s a lot more versatility.”
It’s all part of RecSports continued mission of striving to create engaging environments for student growth and success.
RecSports inspires healthy living by providing quality recreational and educational opportunities for the OSU community.