Letter to the Editor: The gym equipment needs repairs

The quality and safety of the equipment in the Framingham State University Athletic Center is substandard.

The equipment is outdated and unsafe.

For example, based on my observations, the strength equipment that allows one to lift heavy weights should be bolted down – none of the machines in the gym are. 

The heaviness of the weight being lifted could cause the machine to move or fall over, potentially causing injury to the person using it, according to Club Industry, a gym equipment manufacturer.

Framingham State University needs to address this issue, as many students and teams utilize the equipment every day.

You could argue the equipment works fine, and the expense isn’t justified.

However, some FSU students disagree.

Connie Bodemer, a junior ASL major, said she avoids the leg press because of the noise it makes when in use. “The leg press machine makes a weird noise, so I don’t trust it,” said Bodemer.

Kim Thorpe, a junior, agreed. “The leg press machine sounds like it could break at any moment. The hip abductor has snapped and is not usable. I have also noticed broken dumbbells,” she said.

We need to reduce the risk of injuries.

The highest amount of weight a person can utilize on most strength training machines is generally around 360 pounds – someone could get crushed by that amount.

The leg press machine could cave in, a machine not bolted could tip over and fall on a person, and somebody could easily cut themselves on a fragment of a dumbbell.

Buying new equipment and bolting it down may be expensive, but it would be worth it to keep students safe. A new piece of equipment costs between $10,000 and $50,000, according to sports equiptment seller primofitnessusa.com, but many equipment companies offer package deals to offset the cost.

For example, the Athletic Department and concerned FSU students could partner with the FSU bookstore to hold FSU merchandise sales around campus to raise money. It’s a lot of money, but I believe it can be done.

A second solution to the problem would be for the athletic department and students to hold information sessions on the dangers of improper gym equipment. The athletic department and concerned students can then go to an FSU Board of Trustees meeting and bring the issue up eith President Cevallos and the board.

The equipment in the gym needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.

Sincerely,

Caroline Gordon,  

Assistant Photos Editor

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