Lab Equipment Mutually Beneficial to Fitness Students, Bicyclists

Published 02.09.2015

Nursing & Health Sciences
Student News

Susquehanna Valley Velo Club member Buffy Basile cycles while students Brittany M. Fisher, of Berwick, and Tyler Youngs, of Media, both sophomores in the physical fitness specialist major, monitor her performance.Cyclist Dick Kaiser dons a breathing mask as the CardioCoach VO2 max calculator measures his carbon-dioxide vs. oxygen output. Students in Penn College's physical fitness specialist major took on a voluntary task that helps them gain experience and provides a service to the Susquehanna Valley Velo Club. For two weeks, about 30 members of the cycling club have been reporting to the college’s fitness facilities, where, during separate visits, students use the program’s state-of-the-art CardioCoach VO2 max calculator to test the cyclists’ aerobic capacity and anaerobic threshold. Team members will return in the middle of the cycling season and again postseason to determine how their performance has changed. The experience is valuable to the student volunteers, most of whom will be using the equipment for the first time with on-campus clients as part of their classes this semester.