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[August 18, 2015] Responding to the needs of its members, the Rye YMCA will open a new studio this September that combines fitness with technology for a fun, fast-paced work-out experience. The studio, which will be called ExerZone, will replace the Y’s first floor racquetball court. Renovation of this previously underutilized space will begin in mid August.
“We’re very excited about this new studio and all the benefits it will bring to our members,” commented Rye Y Executive Director Gregg Howells. “When we first started looking at new uses for the racquetball court, our primary goal was to create a unique space that would meet the needs of multiple constituencies. We believe that ExerZone will bring fitness to a new level for members of all ages and levels of conditioning.”
With its new glass wall and lighting, ExerZone will feature six pieces of new equipment that use light, sound and technology to keep people moving. Each piece can be used by individuals or groups, allowing family members, friends and gym buddies to compete against each other. Sold by the Chicago-based Motion Fitness, the equipment will provide different cognitive and physical benefits, ranging from strength to agility to heart health.
In addition to creating a new studio, the Rye Y will install “Nexersys” in the adjacent Freestyle Fitness Zone. Described by Motion Fitness as “the ultimate interactive cardio machine [that] delivers high intensity interval training,” Nexersys combines kick boxing with gaming for a whole new experience.
Laura Tiedge, the Rye Y’s Senior Director of Healthy Living, remarked “After visiting other YMCAs that use this equipment, we knew that we had found a way to engage youth, teens, families and seniors. While the kids will undoubtedly be drawn to the technology, older adults will find new challenges that can be adapted to any level of fitness. And, it will offer one more option for members who are looking for ways to become more active or to just mix up their routine.”
The Rye YMCA’s ExerZone will be one of the largest ExerGame fitness studios in New York State. “We’re always looking for ways to support our members on their wellness journey,” Tiedge noted. “We can’t wait to get started on this new adventure.”
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