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Mukilteo YMCA first in Washington to have eGym

 

A YMCA member smiles after completing a set in the Mukilteo YMCA’s new eGym circuit.

The Mukilteo YMCA can brag that it was the first YMCA branch in the state to install and offer eGym equipment for its members.

The eGym operates through a wristband that members who sign up for the program wear, and it marks and tracks the user’s past workouts and settings.

“It helps people who may not be as educated in weight training,” Melinda Webb, Mukilteo YMCA’s Director of Health and Wellness said. “It’s also for the person who may not have a lot of time. One set takes just 18 minutes.”

The machines also display a “video game interface” that guides the user to move at the right pace with the right form.

The machines are all in a row, and act as a circuit. The user uses one machine for a short duration before advancing to the next. In total, there are 14 machines that offer different workouts such as shoulder presses and rows.

“It’s like being on a train and going from cart to cart,” Webb said.

Additionally, there is a phone app that works in conjunction with the program, and keeps track of different workouts and where the user should be working on the most. It also gives a “biological age” based on the weight and ability of the workout.

Currently, roughly 10 percent of Mukilteo YMCA members are signed up for the new equipment, but Webb said the program will eventually be offered to all YMCA members.

“There’s a lot of excitement with it,” Webb said. “We had 400 sign up in the first few weeks. People want to be healthy.”

For more information about the eGym equipment, visit ymca-snoco.org/our-locations/mukilteo-ymca/egym/.

 

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