Donated equipment keeps seniors in shape

Wellness Coordinator Rebecca Weitzel, right, watches over Betty Hall as she works out on a triceps machine while Vivian Morris tries a shoulder machine at The Commons of Hilltop in Grand Junction. Crossroads Fitness donated 10 exercise machines for a whole body workout for seniors who live at The Commons.

Senior residents at The Commons of Hilltop, 625 27 1/2 Road, have a new way to exercise thanks to an equipment donation from Crossroads Fitness.

Crossroads donated a 10-piece collection of strength training machines to The Commons late last year.

After a couple months of introducing the machines to residents, Hilltop is more actively promoting use of the equipment and offering orientations on how to use each piece.

The machines, collectively valued at more than $5,000, offer workouts for each muscle group. The machines are a great fit for a place like The Commons, said Hilltop Wellness Coordinator Rebecca Weitzel, because they are easy to use and provide strength training through resistance tubing inside the machines.

Users push a number on the machine to determine how much resistance they want instead of having to load and unload clunky weights or ponder where to put the pin in a weight stack.

“It’s designed to accommodate people quickly; you don’t have to make a bunch of nitty gritty adjustments,” Weitzel said.

Crossroads donated the equipment because it was still in good condition, but the business wanted to trade it out for something new. The equipment had been in the downtown gym in the basement of the Alpine Bank.

That space is now occupied by personal and functional training equipment like kettle bells and plyo boxes. The change was made to keep up with current demands in the gym market, said Crossroads General Manager Cameron Reece.

The Life Fitness brand equipment that had been in that space could either be sold or donated. Reece said the gym decided to donate it to The Commons because the equipment “caters to the senior market.”

“We felt like it would have a good use there, and we’ve had a good relationship with Hilltop,” he said.


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