The YMCA of Tompkins County in Ithaca, NY became the first Y in the country to have an Escape Octagon, a multi-user functional fitness frame that appeals to a wide range of demographics.

The Ithaca Y expanded their existing free weight room to make way for new Escape equipment, and according to Frank Towner, CEO of the Y, the total project cost nearly $50,000.

Keri Johnson, the Ithaca Y Fitness Coordinator, was quoted in an Ithaca Times article saying this about the Octagon:

“The great thing about this piece of equipment is it can fit up to 16 different people, at their own unique fitness level, at the same time. As a trainer, that allows me to not only use it for one-on-one sessions, but small-to-large groups of people of different ages and experience.

“The feedback has been amazing. The weight lifting room can be a little bit intimidating. Before this piece of equipment, this room had a pretty specific clientele— people who use bars and heavy weights. Since this has opened up, we’ve seen younger children to women to older adults all come into this room. Our numbers in this room are just skyrocketing to where we were before getting this.”

All Escape equipment was provided and installed by the Advantage Sport & Fitness team. We look forward to tracking the Ithaca Y’s continued success with these versatile, multi-functional training products!

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