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PEIF invests $100,000 in equipment

The Physical Education Instructional Facility (PEIF) recently purchased a collection of new workout equipment. The new machines, which carried a price tag of over $100,000, were ordered when the aging equipment reached the end of its warranty.

Thus far, the PEIF has acquired an assortment of new cardio equipment and is still waiting on a shipment of new weights. The new cardio machines include six new cross trainers, 10 new treadmills, four new summit trainers, two new spinners and two new rowers.

Much of the old equipment was moved to a separate area of the second-floor, near the poolside windows. These machines are now facing newly-purchased flat screen televisions.

Without any monetary grants or donations, and funds being generated from membership fees, this is the first time the budget has allowed for this much new equipment to be purchased at once.

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“We’re trying to keep up with the industry,” Brian Gaudreau, associate director of programming, said of the purchase. “There are new types of machines and that keeps it interesting for people.”

Gaudreau said he hopes that having more equipment will increase the number of users and reduce the time people spend waiting for a machine.

PEIF administrators may hope new types of machines will keep members interested, but rarely is anyone seen on the new summit trainers, cutting-edge cardiovascular machines that combine cross-training and climbing with a full-body workout that simulates a trek in the mountains.

The summit trainer is only manufactured by Life Fitness, the manufacturer of the majority of the new equipment.

“I don’t think I can do this,” Sports Science major Stephanie Peck said after giving a summit trainer a try.

Although the new summit trainers do not seem to be popular, PEIF patrons are responding positively to what their membership fees have bought them.

“If you know it, you like it. It makes it easy to work out,” graduate student Bob Ruuska, who has been working out at the PEIF for several years, said. “Now you can come in here and you don’t have to fight for a treadmill.”

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