Beverly Athletic Club Purchases New Equipment to Aid Cardiac, Orthopedic Patients
The Beverly Athletic Club has recently purchased two seated elliptical machines to give cardiac care and orthopedic patients a low-impact way to exercise and recover. The machines, which are a seated variation of the standing elliptical machines, provide a less intense way for patients to get cardio exercise that strengthens the heart muscle and improves conditioning, according to BAC Fitness Director Jason Mason. “The seated elliptical machines are particularly good for anyone with hip or knee issues and they still get their arm workout too,” Mason said.
According to Mason, the newly purchased seated elliptical machines are just one of many resources at the BAC for patients whose doctors have urged them to exercise. “We have two licensed sports athletic trainers and four strength and conditioning specialists to work with members to develop a fitness plan to meet their health needs. We have a saltwater pool and offer aqua therapy, which is great for arthritis and joint issues. We have a wide variety of other exercise machines to choose from, such as exercise bicycles, recumbent bicycles, treadmills and weight lifting machines to strengthen the muscles and bones.”
The new seated elliptical machines, the Octane xR6000, include a TV on top, as well as a variety of individualized exercise programs to motivate users. According to the manufacturer, studies show that exercisers use 343% more of their gluteal muscles and burn 23% more calories on the xR6000 compared to a recumbent bike. Patients who have completed cardio care rehab at the Beverly Hospital at Danvers are being referred to several local fitness clubs, including the Beverly Athletic Club, to continue their exercise program.
“The xRide offers a range of resistance levels, innovative workouts that make it very versatile,” said Mason.
“We are pleased to make this investment to help North Shore patients -- not only to recover, but to continue a safe exercise program that will keep them strong, flexible and improve their balance,” said Ed Soul of Beverly, owner of the Beverly Athletic Club. “The seated elliptical machines cost BAC $10,000. This is just one of many recent investments we have made to keep improving our club.”
The new machines are located in the Beverly Athletic Club’s main facility at 7 Reservoir Road (off of Sohier Road). For more information about membership or fitness programs, call Membership Director Jill Petit at (978) 927-0920. The BAC is a Tufts Health Plan fitness club; Tufts members receive discounted membership.