Wellness committee funds exercise stations New equipment complements recently completed trail

In HACC News, Health and Wellness by Emilie Stoltzfus

Students participating in the third 5k Wellness Run on Saturday, October 3, 2015, may have notice new exercise stations along the recently completed trail. HACC Central Pennsylvania’s Community College Lancaster campus added four new exercise stations containing a variety of stationary equipment. Jim Bath, a health and fitness full-time adjunct professor, said, “We decided to incorporate some exercises along the trail that [students and the public] can do that will combine resistance training with cardio.”

Before the exercise stations, Professor Bath would bring out equipment for students to use between running stretches, such as jump ropes and stability balls. With this addition, students have more freedom in what they would like to focus on. Without a gymnasium at the Lancaster campus, the trail and new exercise stations are designed to address students’ broad range of physical fitness levels. “[They] can do it at their pace… speed up, slow down, based on what they can tolerate,” Bath added.
The proposal for this project began over a year ago. Professor Bath presented the project to the Wellness Committee after researching companies that fell within the budget. HACC plans on posting exercise instructions at each station and adding mulch under a few of the stationary equipment.
Currently, there isn’t a project in the works to install showers at the Lancaster campus. Bath understands the impact this has on students who travel and do not have readily access to shower in-between classes. He encourages students to plan their physical fitness class so it is the last class. The one mile trail begins behind the East building, follows behind the main building, around the daycare, and circles along the trees on the hill in front of the campus.