Nowadays, a college’s fitness center is more than a space where students can lift things up and put them down.
With new waves of technologically advanced students stepping foot on campus, colleges sometimes struggle to find new ways to update their workout spaces.
A good place for college’s to start is by looking at the big picture – literally. Solutions like video walls, digital signage and TVs can be installed anywhere in a workout space, including cardio rooms, rooms for fitness classes and even in varsity-level training facilities.
Each of these solutions can provide students who want to work out with entertainment, updates on campus event, or even a video with a choreographed fitness class.
Colleges should also consider smaller solutions while upgrading their workout spaces. This includes an updated sound system to pump music into fitness rooms alongside a mic’d instructor, or a touch screen panel for students to reserve fitness rooms and sign up for exercise classes.
Finally, no workout space is complete without workout equipment. For colleges with outdated or overused equipment, technology decision makers should look into the latest exercise machines, including treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines, stair masters, and even free weights.
John Leahy, Director of Recreational Sports at Stonehill College says that integrating innovative workout technology in a college’s fitness space will only improve students’ experience.
“The new and continuing technology in the exercise area creates a more fun, enjoyable, diverse and challenging environment for our students as well as college students all over the country,” he says.