Gulfport’s fitness facility, 5501 27th Ave. S., is currently closed as it is getting a major equipment upgrade thanks to $68,267.83 in personal donations made through the Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center Foundation, Inc., said Rachel Cataldo, Senior Center supervisor.
“It’s going to make a huge difference,” she said.
Nine new machines powered by silent air compressor technology will mean users will no longer need to worry about pinched fingers from using adjustable mechanical weight plates, said Matt Kennedy, equipment installer and senior fitness tech with FitRev, pictured.
“Another great thing about machines powered by air is, you can start at one pound if you want,” he said.
Weight-plate machines in gyms often have a minimum of 10 pounds, he said. Using a circular gage that looks like a miniature weight scale, people will be able to use a plus or minus button to choose from 1 to 100 pounds. The new equipment replaces older and similar pieces that had worn out. Use of the fitness center is free to anyone 50 years of age or older who fills out a registration form and completes a training session on how to use the equipment, said Cataldo. The grand reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the facility will be on Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. The new paint color for the room will be a part of the reveal during the ribbon cutting, she said.
“I let the experts at the paint store make the decision” about the final color choice, said Cataldo.
Normal hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The new machines were purchased from MedQuip of Clearwater, a dealer specializing in medical rehabilitation and therapy equipment.