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New Exercise Machines in the MACC

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Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2018 9:00 am

Starting this fall semester, Mount Union students and faculty can enhance their work outs with the new machines in the cardio and weight rooms at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (MAAC).

The machines new to the MAAC are the Torque X-Rack machine, plate loaded leg press, plate loaded hack squat machine and the smith machine, which is still in transit.  You can also find new barbells, curl bars and weight plates as well as a new dumbbell rack.

The new machines work a variety of muscle groups, but primarily are aimed at strengthening muscle groups in the chest, back, shoulders and legs.

The Torque X-Rack is a system that allows for six stations. At each station the user can complete various exercises such as the bench press, incline bench, squat, deadlift and shoulder press. The Torque X-Rack also includes different pull up stations and two landmine stations for T bar exercises, which work arm, shoulder and back muscles. The smith machine allows for a variety of assisted workouts such as bench press, incline press, squat, deadlift, shoulder press and shrugs.

The plate loaded leg press and plate loaded squat machine work out lower-body muscles.

The plate loaded leg press allows for leg press and calf workouts, while the hack squat allows for modified squat and calf workouts.

In addition to the new machines, it’s also worth noting that personal trainers and RaiderRobics classes are available. 

Personal trainers are available Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. as well as from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. Personal training is free to all students, faculty and staff.

RaiderRobics offers Zumba and yoga classes. Zumba is on Mondays and Wednesdays in the evening, while yoga is on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons.

While finding time to work out in our busy schedules can be difficult, exercise is critical to many facets of our health.

Matt Parnell, the Director of Recreation and Wellness Services, explained that exercise yields a variety of benefits such as increased energy levels, improved brain health, reduced risk of chronic diseases such as osteoporosis and higher levels of happiness. 

“Working out makes you feel happier by changing the parts of the brain that affect stress and anxiety,” said Parnell. “Exercise also increases the productions of endorphins, or hormones that produce positive feelings.”

To learn more about health and wellness at Mount Union, visit or contact Matt Parnell at

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