Watch while you work out

New rec center bikes come with personal TV

Jennie Kilmer, left, and Sol Pollack work out at the Durango Community Recreation Center on new exercise bikes that feature personal TV screens. Enlarge photo

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Jennie Kilmer, left, and Sol Pollack work out at the Durango Community Recreation Center on new exercise bikes that feature personal TV screens.

Slacking on your New Year’s resolution to get fit this year? Here’s an incentive: You can now watch your favorite show on a personal TV screen while working out at the Durango Community Recreation Center.

The rec center replaced all of its old bikes with new ones from Life Fitness. The bikes have a touch screen that allows users to choose from various workouts while watching TV or listening to music by linking an mp3 player.

The old bikes were sold for $200 each to Life Fitness, which will refurbish them and resell them, said Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz.

The eight new bikes cost $39,000 and were funded with a 1999 voter-approved sales tax that will sunset in 2019. The tax is divided evenly between the rec center and the Animas River Trail.

The ellipticals and treadmills were replaced last year.

“Every year, we look to see what is the highest demand up there because equipment gets a tremendous amount of hours on them,” Metz said. “The staff does a great job in keeping them functional.”

jdahl@durangoherald.com