A stationary bike that users must steer, a wall of new dumbbells and a functional trainer for cable-based training are just a few things patrons of the Huxley Citizen’s Community Center (3C’s) recreation center will notice when they come to work out.
Travis Bakken, Huxley Parks and Recreation director, said they have been updating the center’s equipment during the past couple of years. Most of the equipment that has been replaced had been at the center since it opened in 2003. Bakken estimated they have spent $30,000 on equipment updates in the past two to three years, with $10,000 spent on the weight room. The new equipment was purchased using capital improvement plan dollars.
“It was a much needed improvement,” Bakken said.
In the weight room, the 5- to 100-pound dumbbells and Olympic benches have been replaced. Additions to the room include a preacher curl bench and Cybex functional trainer. Upstairs where the cardio equipment is located, new treadmills have replaced the older ones and new Expresso Bikes have been added.
The two Expresso Bikes - one upright and one recumbent - take users on a computerized biking course that has them steering and going up hills during their workout. Users can create an account on the bike’s computer system to keep track of their progress. They can also choose to have their workout posted on their Facebook page.
The fitness room was also included in the center’s improvements. New kettleballs and body bars have been added, as well as new freestanding training bags.
In addition to the new equipment at the 3C’s recreation center, five new fitness classes - spin indoor cycling, core & more, body sculpt, yoga and piyo - will be added to the list of classes that are already offered. According to the flyer for the class, piyo is a blend of pilates and yoga that will help improve “balance, strength and flexibility, as well as burn calories, promoting weight loss and visibly improving muscle tone.” Many of the classes will begin the first week of December.
Three of the new classes will be led by Iowa State University students. Bakken said if he cannot find someone from the Ballard community to lead the classes, he puts out a notice at ISU. Typically the students chosen to instruct the classes are studying in an athletic-related field, though one of the instructors for the new classes is an education major.
Looking ahead, Bakken said the Parks and Recreation department does not have any further plans for equipment replacement, but they do hope to make updates to the parks and trail system in the Huxley area this spring.
“We’re continually trying to make improvements,” Bakken said.
Huxley 3C’s winter hours (Labor Day - Memorial Day)
Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sign up for classes
before Dec. 1.