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Lambright repairs broken treadmills

March 29, 2012

 

A treadmill sits out of order in the Maxie Lambright Intramural Center. These machines were out of service for several weeks.–Photo by Sumeet Shrestha

REBECCA ALVAREZ
Staff Reporter

 

Treadmills and stationary bikes in the Maxie Lambright Intramural Sports Center had not been keeping up with the pace of the overwhelming amount of daily users.

 

Regulars at Lambright reported that the number of working fitness machines had slowly dwindled to a handful.

 

Luke LeFleur, a senior electrical engineering major, exercises on the treadmills at the Lambright every day and said the machines had been out of service for several weeks.

 

“I was kind of upset because half of the treadmills were broken for almost a month, and nobody said when they would get fixed,” he said.

 

The process to repair the equipment was pushed back a number of weeks, said Chad Spruell, coordinator of fitness and wellness at Lambright.

 

Last Thursday morning, after weeks of waiting, the parts to repair the treadmills arrived, and the machines were repaired and are currently working.

 

He said the process to repair the broken equipment started weeks ago.

 

“The rough part is finding a service company, and they don’t send someone out to evaluate the machines until three to four days later,” he said. “After evaluations you still have to wait another two to three days to receive the invoice and a call saying when the repairs will be made.”

 

The service company called back and had apparently lost the paperwork that was originally filed and caused the process to start over, Spruell said.

 

The shortage of cardio fitness machines, such as treadmills and stationary bikes, have not only inconvenienced those who rely on the equipment, but the shortage caused some arguments between people who chose the same machine or had to wait his or her turn to use the equipment.

 

Ruston residents Freddy Acosta and his wife Patricia go to the Lambright every evening to exercise.

 

The couple said they did not enjoy their evening trip to the gym anymore because of the shortage in machines.

 

“The shortage really did cause some problems and inconvenience here in the weight room,” he said.

 

Freddy Acosta said the shortage in machines created tension between people who had begun to compete for the machines.

 

“It’s crazier than most people think,” he said. “My wife and this man got in an argument the other day just because she started using a treadmill that he left and decided to come back to.”

 

Approximately 700 people enter the Lambright weight room to exercise each day. In order to service the fraction of daily traffic that goes to the gym to do cardiovascular exercise, the weight room has 15 treadmills, seven stationary bikes, more than 30 elliptical machines and an upstairs running track.

 

Before the machines were repaired, there were eight treadmills, three stationary bikes and one elliptical machine out of order. The loss of 12 machines meant only 29 machines were available to service users, and the majority of them were elliptical machines.

 

Amanda Ames, a sophomore nursing major, said although there were still plenty of elliptical machines available, most people did not use them.

 

“Ellipticals just aren’t the same as running on a treadmill,” she said. “It just feels easier.”

 

If everyone who goes to Lambright to exercise were to use the treadmills during the shortage, there would have been one treadmill for 100 people. If everyone were to use the bikes, there would be one bike for approximately 175 people.

 

Spruell said no company makes parts for the bikes and intends to remove them and order new cardio equipment.

 

“The plan is that in three years we will have entirely new cardio equipment,” he said.

 

The treadmills in the weight room are eight years old and have approximately 30,000 miles on them, he said.

 

“People don’t realize that these machines are running from 5 a.m. to midnight every day,” Spruell said. “In order to make the equipment last, everyone needs to take care of it and report problems instead of being forceful with the controls.”

 

Email comments to rha014@latech.edu.

 

 

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