Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I know most of you must be thinking what my YMCA has to do with games. My Y has a room they called the Interactive zone. In this room they have CYBEX Trazer, Kilowatt, Sportswall Station, Cateye GameBike, a Wii, and Xbox and a Playstation 2.

A room made for gamers that want to exercise!!. Unfortunately, at my YMCA, Taylor Bend, the room is only open when school is out. Even though in the brochures and on the web site the description says "YMCA members can enjoy an exhilarating, full-body workout while playing video games! More than just computers that make you sweat, the Interactive Zone offers something for everyone, from simulated interaction training for athletes, to keeping youth and teens active and excited about fitness, to mental and physical coordination exercises for older adults and rehabilitation patients."

To be fair, this is my second membership at this Y and during the first one, I got them to open the room 3 days a week for a few hours in the morning so us adults could have some fun too!! Unfortunately, I was pretty much the only one in there, but I had a blast. They have Dance, Dance Revolution. That was the main reason I wanted to get in that room. I never tried it before but had seen my son and his friends do it. I thought it would be a blast and much better than walking nowhere on a treadmill. And it was!! I also enjoyed the Sportwall, it is 2 walls that have 2 rows of lights that flash off and on and you have to hit your color with your hand, a ball or even a pool noodle! It really was a lot of fun and a vigorous workout. I had to stop going to the Y because of transportation issues, I was not happy but there was nothing I could do at the time. Those issues have worked themselves out so back I went, but no I-zone. How sad for me.

Since the last time i was at the Y they have added a lot of things, including the Wii. The CYBEX machines are new also and I would really like to give them a whirl. I am again going to lobby to get the room open for us old folk, I just wish more people my age would want to come in and play with me!!

Check out your Y's and see if they have an I-zone. Exercising has never been so much fun!!
Just my opinion,


Grimwell said...

What is a CYBEX machine? I've never heard of it.

Gethani said...

CYBEX are exercise machines. In the Interactive zone they use CYBEX Trazer machine to make exercising more fun. Here is a quote from the Taylor Bend YMCA website.

"Launch into an interactive virtual world where reaction time, acceleration, speed, power and balance drive on-screen activities. The Trazer is a unique and entertaining fitness experience that puts your movements into the game and measures performance."

I have not seen them yet so I can not comment on how they work exactly but I plan on finding out in the very near future!

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