IM Building Shows Off New Technology
Penn State has officially brought “going to the gym” into the future. I’m not sure what everyone had in mind when they heard that the gyms were being revamped — I mean really, how much can a treadmill or any workout machine change? You step on, jog, blast your music, maybe do some reading you had for homework if you were really good at multitasking, and leave. Well, within the last few months Penn State has completely destroyed that image at the new and improved IM Building.
When you head into the IM Building and step on a machine, you get the option to not just work out, but surf the internet, stream TV, and even access social media. With almost 100 new pieces of cardio equipment, 81 of the new machines are able to do these online activities.
The option for virtual adventures has also been brought to campus. Let’s say you’ve decided to go on the bike machine for 30 minutes. You would take your seat, adjust the pedals and find yourself in front of a giant TV-like monitor, which gives you about 40 realities to choose from and cycle through. So if you’d like, you could virtually bike anywhere in the world, from a mountain to a desert to even the arctic. The technology even allows you to race your fellow bikers at the gym at the same moment. It also allows users to download an app that calculates workouts, keeps track of calories, and gives fitness tips to make sure that their workout is the best it possibly can be.
According to Mark Lozinski, a coordinator for Penn State Strength and Fitness athletic programs, about 3,000 people are expected to visit each of the Penn State gym facilities a day, according to a press release. With all of the new technology, the gym isn’t what it used to be.