By Nico Zulli
As Baylor students hit the fitness center of the McLane Student Life Center this semester, they can expect to break a sweat on the newest workout equipment on campus.
Every summer, machines in the fitness center are assessed and replaced by the newest technology available. This summer, the SLC welcomed 10 new cardiovascular machines, including four treadmills with personal viewing screens, two ellipticals, two adaptive motion trainers, one recumbent bike and one upright bike.
“I am really pumped about all of the new cardio machines and can’t wait to try them all out,” said Frisco senior Lauryn Hill.
But the SLC is not the only gym on campus to receive a machinery makeover.
“What’s even more exciting is that all of our older equipment is actually being moved to Martin and Russell Gym, so it is sort of getting a makeover as well,” said Rockwall sophomore Rachel Chaney, a fitness staff member at the SLC.
Van Davis, assistant director for fitness and nutrition education, said Baylor is fortunate to have the luxury of having the equipment in the fitness center on a four year rotation plan.
“We have a line in our operating budget dedicated to replacing the fitness equipment,” she said. “Each year we replace about 25 percent of our cardio machines and about 10 percent of our weight training machines. Each piece is cataloged and put on a replacement cycle.”
This operating budget allotted to campus recreation is about 75 percent university funded and about 25 percent student fee funded.
“Even the machines that we transfer out to Martin and Russell gyms are four years old or less; and the SLC receives the newest, best-working machines in replacement,” she said. “So as this class of 2017 enters Baylor — when they graduate, so will the machines we just got.”
Davis also said the SLC can anticipate at least one or two more improvements during the fall semester, including an Olympic platform for weight lifters and a glute-hamstring machine.
“The SLC makeover makes me feel like Baylor not only cares about our health and wellness but is striving to ensure that students have the safest and most efficient workout experience possible,” said Framingham, Mass., junior Sydney Smiley.