Just in time for the Fall semester, students and the campus community can experience all new cardio equipment at the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) and Memorial Stadium Fitness Center with the upgrade and replacement of approximately 150 pieces across both facilities.
Want to listen to your favorite 80’s Pandora station? Or catch up on episodes of Netflix’s summer hit Stranger Things? Each piece is internet enabled and features a host of integrated apps for users to choose from.
“[I] really enjoyed being able to watch Netflix while I worked out, [it] was a fun way to keep me engaged in my workout” proclaimed Nick Schwartz, a first-year undeclared student in the College of Letters and Science.
Additional features and functionality of the equipment include:
- USB outlets to connect and charge you favorite Apple or Android device
- Intuitive interactive touch screens
- LF Connect – which allows users to track workout results from machine to machine and sync will popular fitness services including Fitbit and Jawbone
In speaking about Lifescape Interactive Courses, which helps bring workouts to life through personalized virtual experiences in immersive outdoor environments including Yosemite national park, the Trinity Mountains in Germany and the red rocks of Utah, Randy Myers – a personal trainer at the RSF – said he “love[s] the transportative quality” of the new equipment.
Randy hopes that these experiences will not only motivate users to stick with their workout, but possibly serve as inspiration for future adventures or trips.
Putting Students First
In 2015, UC Berkeley students identified the need for improved and expanded cardio, strength, relaxation, yoga and meditation programs and spaces across campus with the passing of the Wellness Referendum.
This emphatic statement by students, who are at the core of what Rec Sports does, added further motivation for Rec Sports leadership to take on such a comprehensive overhaul.
Rec Sports is committed to supporting and prioritizing the needs of the student population and the initiatives of the 2015 Wellness Referendum, while balancing the programmatic needs of the Cal community.
After a thorough request for proposal (RFP) and with support Bank of the West, the Official Bank of UC Berkeley, Rec Sports was able to implement a new cost saving lease model which includes improved warranties and ongoing maintenance as well as annual updates for a number of machines.
Continuing its history of supporting student focused initiatives, Bank of the West provided a best in class loan, interest rate and payment schedule minimizing the financial implications of the project.
The new financial model will bring regular cost savings which will be used to help support Rec Sports programs and services.
For more information in how Rec Sports re-imagined cardio equipment at the RSF and Memorial Stadium Fitness Center, please visit: https://recsports.berkeley.edu/new-cardio-equipment/.