The ExerZone, a recently opened fitness zone at the Rye YMCA Fitness Center in Rye, New York, offers an interactive fitness experience for children, teens, families and seniors looking to become more active. The equipment at the facility allows members to get fitter while playing games and having fun with their friends and family.
The Rye YMCA is a family-oriented community service organization dedicated to promoting positive values and healthy lifestyles. In 2015, they decided to remodel their underutilized racquetball court and transform it into an interactive zone that combined fitness, technology and fun.
Fitness equipment supplier Exergame Fitness was tasked with installing the ExerZone, which officially opened to the public on September 21, 2015. The interactive equipment available at the facility includes a range of popular fitness products. The Exerbike GS, which requires kids to pedal to be able to play their favourite video games, is an excellent tool for engaging shy kids and helping them get used to the gym.
The T-Wall is a universal training tool for all ages, challenging users to improve their agility, reaction time, speed, endurance, power, focus and hand-eye coordination by deactivating lights on an interactive wall. The wall delivers a substantial cardio workout and its applications range from fitness and sports to gaming and rehabilitation. It is well suited to all abilities.
The Pavigym Square combines interactive flooring with lights and sensors to maximize the use of available space at the gym and deliver a variety of programmed workouts to improve stability, speed, precision, equilibrium, mobility and postural control.
For those who like a lot of kicking and punching in their workouts, Nexersys and 3Kick deliver fun, fast-paced workouts with an element of gaming and competition to keep things even more interesting. Nexersys is the ultimate tool for cardio training, delivering a full-body high intensity interval training through several different types of workouts (cardio, core, technique and strike). It is particularly well suited to users who enjoy boxing and the martial arts, and offers training, avatar sparring and gaming rounds for users of all fitness levels.
Developed by Fit Interactive, 3Kick challenges players to kick, punch, slap or tap foam pads to deactivate interactive lights and awards points for speed. Players can compete against their own personal best, others or as a team.
Coming from the same manufacturer, JumpQ is another excellent cardio tool, geared particularly toward those looking to enhance their speed, agility and vertical jumping ability. Combining plyometrics and interactive game play, JumpQ delivers results to people of all fitness levels and gives athletes a distinct advantage as it improves the body's ability to work the fast twitch muscle fibers.
The Heavy Ball, also developed by Fit Interactive, offers a fun alternative for strength and cardio training, challenging users to pick up a medicine ball and drop into cylinders as they light up. Heavy Ball trains lateral movement, stability and speed, and awards points every time players hit the targets.
The ExerZone also hosts free classes (for members) that are specifically devised for families, teens and seniors. The Teen ExerSport program, for instance, is a high intensity interval training program suited to teens of all fitness levels, while the Family ExerCore program offers workouts for children aged 7 to 10 and their parents or guardians.
“All of our members find use in the room. At the moment we have our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA cancer survivors in there... priceless.” - Laura Tiedge, Senior Director of Healthy Living
The ExerZone is open to everyone aged 7 and older seven days a week. Watch the video below to see some of the workout options available with the equipment at the facility.
For more information please visit www.ryeymca.org