New equipment will help seniors get, and stay, fit

By: Kristyne E. Demske | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published April 26, 2017

 Pictured is the addition to the Senior Activity Center as it looks in mid-April. City Council approved the purchase of new fitness equipment for the center.

Pictured is the addition to the Senior Activity Center as it looks in mid-April. City Council approved the purchase of new fitness equipment for the center.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Progress continues to be made on the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center, with a bid approved for equipment for the newly expanded fitness center at the April 17 City Council meeting.

“This has been a process over the last couple years, looking at different fitness centers, getting different ideas,” said Parks and Recreation Director Greg Esler. “This really went super well. We have a spacious new fitness center that, hopefully, is going to be operational in six to seven weeks.” 

The city solicited bids on the Michigan Intergovernmental Trade Network and received six bids ranging from $58,000 to $96,000. Some of the lowest bidders, however, left off two pieces of equipment that had been highly recommended for use by senior citizens — a recumbent stepper and a seated total body elliptical machine — because they don’t carry those items. 

Because of that, the Senior Activity Center Expansion Committee recommended that City Council approve a $63,938 bid from Direct Fitness, as it had the lowest, most complete bid and has a local representative.

That price will get the center 30 pieces of equipment, including cardio machines, free weights, treadmills, medicine balls with a rack, functional trainers, on elliptical cross trainer and elliptical bikes. The equipment is commercial grade, and the bid also includes a five-year preventative maintenance program.

The bid is less than the $70,000 budgeted for the equipment as well, and Esler said the representative will teach senior center staff how to use the equipment.

Patrick Findlan, of Partners in Architecture, the architects for the project, said Direct Fitness is also giving the city $3,000 to trade in its old equipment, while other companies either did not offer that option or that much money.

He said the new room offers plenty of space for the equipment, as well as room for stretching, and that Partners in Architecture will work with Direct Fitness to best lay out the space. 

Esler said the equipment is used by a wide age range of people, who will enjoy the new space when it is complete.

 

The motion to award the bid to Direct Fitness passed unanimously.

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