New equipment allows Troy University students to exercise while studying

Posted: Monday, 07 March 2016

TROY - Troy University Libraries are giving students the opportunity to work out and study at the same time thanks to some new equipment.

Exercise bikes containing stations for laptop computers were installed at the Troy and Dothan campuses in February, and the response has been so positive that several more have been ordered.

The FitDesk equipment turns a traditional exercise bike into a work station, where students can use the desk area to read or use laptops.

The first three machines were installed at the Dothan Campus, followed by three more at the Troy Campus.

"In the library, we want to be sure we are supporting our students' physical wellness just as much as their intellectual," said Dr. Christopher Shaffer, dean of library services. "The response from students has been incredibly positive, and we are now planning to expand the program by installing more bike and elliptical study stations. Our mission at the TROY Libraries is to constantly innovate and challenge perceptions of what a modern library can be."

Six elliptical machines have been ordered that will be attached to existing desks.

Shaffer said combining exercise equipment with study fits the University's founding motto to "Educate the Mind to Think, the Heart to Feel and the Body to Act."

Exercise bikes

Troy University students Jalen Bivens, a junior broadcast journalism major from Dothan, Ala., and William McCarthy, a junior broadcast journalism major from Decatur, Ala., use the new exercise study desks inside the Troy Campus library. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)