An emphasis on functional strength training and the idea of cardiovascular fitness for everyone prompted a grant search for equipment at the Warren County YMCA.
According to Executive Director Thad Turner, the YMCA was to able secure a state Department of Community and Economic Development grant to purchase some equipment for the facility.
The grant paid for the purchase of TRX Suspension Trainers and SciFit Pro, an upper body ergociser (UBE).
"They're state of the art UBEs," Turner said of the two SciFit Pros, which are located in the Fitness Room at the YMCA.
The SciFit Pro resembles a bike, just with extra pedals. The machine enables the user to pedal with legs, arms or both.
Turner said the equipment was selected to help people of all fitness levels.
"We have a lot of people with lower back injuries," he said, adding that the seat of the SciFit Pro can be removed to allow for a wheelchair or for a person to stand through the duration of a workout.
"This also helps people with limited mobility," Turner said. "This just opens up cardio exercise for everyone."
While the apparatus looks daunting, Turner admits his is surprised by the number of people using the SciFit Pro.
"The great thing is they're being use by people of every fitness level, from people with injuries to people training for the Tango (Adventure Race)," he added.
The TRX Suspension Trainers may be a little less high-tech, but just as useful.
The suspension trainers are high-quality straps with two hand grips/stirrups. Using body as resistance, the suspension trainers can be used in a variety of movements to strengthen muscle groups.
Turner said the suspension straps aid in functional strength training, which he defines as training the body for daily activities.
"In a bench press, you're sitting and pushing straight out," he said, and not many daily activities use that motion.
In preparation for a boot camp-style class, Turner demonstrated various moves on the suspension trainers.
By holding the grips and leaning back to create tension, Turner pulled his body forward in a rowing position.
Turner noted that the greater the angle of the body, the more resistance he needed to use.
"I'm working core at the same time," he said.