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  • Treadmills at CRCE

    I returned to CRCE recently and noticed many of the treadmills had been replaced with ellipticals. The number of treadmills is now so limited that it is difficult to find an available machine. More importantly, the remaining treadmills (with the exception of the 6 just outside the track) are dangerous. The ridged belts are sticky and have caused me to lose my footing numerous times. I had opted to keep running and attempt to "be careful" until yesterday, when I fell face first and was flung backwards off the treadmill. I ended up with numerous scrapes and bruises, so it is safe to say I will no longer be using those treadmills. I know I am not the only one to have had this problem, as I have spoken to several other gym-goers with similar complaints, both about the lack of available treadmills and the hazardous ones that remain. I realize running on the track or using treadmills at ARC are also options for some individuals, but I work near CRCE and only have 30 minutes a day to use the gym, and I prefer to use the treadmill to pace myself as I train for an upcoming race. I would be very grateful if Campus Rec would consider replacing some of the existing ellipticals or dangerous treadmills with treadmills with smooth belts, or at least provide some rationale for the recent changes.

#1 Apr 9, 2012 10:22 am quote

In January of 2011, we made a change in the ratio of cardiovascular equipment that was at CRCE (treadmills/ellipticals/bikes/steppers). These changes were based on usage patterns from the first 5 years of operation. In the past, we had the same number of treadmills as ellipticals. Many times we found people were waiting for ellipticals, while treadmills were sitting empty. We know ellipticals are now the most popular piece of cardio equipment at our facilities, therefore the change you have noticed. We also know that there is the track option for those that might not be able to get on a treadmill. You will see this same ratio at the ARC between treadmills and ellipticals.  We have heard that there is a small group of people who do not feel comfortable on the Woodway treadmills, but we also have a group who won’t run on anything else because of how comfortable Woodway treadmills are on the joints.  We have a long-term replacement plan in place for our equipment at the facilities.  When it comes time to trade-in these Woodway treadmills, I will decide whether or not to replace with more Woodway’s or go with the traditional treadmills. They are well known for their comfort, durability and long lasting performance when compared to a traditional treadmill, and this is the reason you see them at both the ARC and CRCE.  These Woodway’s are slated to be traded off this next January 2013 and I am definitely looking at going a different route in the future.  I am sorry that you had a negative experience on these treadmills and that you fell while using one.  Thanks, Brian Baxter

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