MCCC Fitness Center Adds New Equipment
The largest of the new items is the cable crossover machine, which offers a wide array of high and low pulley exercises that enable clients to work virtually every major muscle group. Dominating a section of the Fitness Center, the machine can accommodate up to eight people, all doing different exercises. To introduce members to the full range of possibilities, the college has produced a video featuring faculty members Helen Tanzini and John Kalinowski using the crossover machine. “We plan to set up a VCR and repeat the video throughout our operating hours until people become familiar with this versatile new system,” Schaffer said.
Other new items include a multi-press chest machine, an easily adjustable bench system that can be used as a chest press, incline bench press and shoulder press. The supine leg press provides conditioning of the quads, hamstrings and gluteals. The lateral pull down works the muscles of the upper body, especially the back.
Schaffer notes that the new machines are proving very popular. “Every time we introduce a new piece of equipment, our clients are eager to try them. It makes the workout more interesting and challenging.”
According to Schaffer, the Fitness Center environment is very relaxed. “People appreciate the friendly atmosphere. There’s no pressure here. Members wear what they want and they don’t worry about how they look as they do their workout.”
Among the Fitness Center’s other inventory are Nautilus machines, lifecycles, treadmills, Stairmasters and rowing machines. An Olympic size swimming pool is included in the membership for an additional fee.
According to Schaffer, membership rates at the MCCC Fitness Center are the lowest in the area. Clients may choose from several membership options ranging from $150 to $225 (includes use of pool) per year, or pay a quarterly rate of $75, or a monthly rate of $35. Fitness Center hours are: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
First opened in 1985, Mercer’s Fitness Center relocated in 2002 to a spacious new facility that adjoins the MCCC Physical Education Building. It is handicapped accessible according to ADA regulations. For membership information, see Fitness Center, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (609) 586-4800, ext. 3738 or 3758.
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