U of M School of Kinesiology Receives Donation from Fitness Equipment Manufacturer for Physical Activity Research

(November 5, 2010 - MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) - FreeMotion Fitness™, a global manufacturer of fitness equipment, has donated six pieces of fitness equipment to the School of Kinesiology's new research facility, the Human and Sport Performance Laboratory (HSPL), at the University of Minnesota. FreeMotion Fitness's gift enhances critical research needed to address continuing societal health and performance concerns related to physical activity and sport.

The donation will enable Kinesiology faculty and students to use specialized equipment to examine such critical public health issues as strength and cardiovascular training and interventions; metabolism and bioenergetics (how fat and carbohydrates in food enable human movement); kinetic chain recruitment patterns (how muscles work in unison); the use of vibration in exercise warm-up and recovery; and functional movement patterns related to balance, gait, and preventing falls.

Eric Statt, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology, contacted FreeMotion Fitness for information about a specific piece of equipment, the Incline Trainer, to use in his dissertation research on bioenergetics. Mr. Statt's initial contact with the company led to the donation, which includes an incline trainer; a vibration plate used in muscle activation and recovery; and four pieces of strength equipment. All equipment will be used in research related to human performance and movement.

"The generous donation from FreeMotion will allow us to develop our sports performance research with state-of-the-art equipment," says Dr. Stacy Ingraham, one of the lead scholars in the HSPL. "The donation facilitates our lab and our graduate students to pursue important questions specific to human and sports performance, which will contribute to the body of knowledge in the very visible world of athletics and the science of physiology related to sports performance." The HSPL is focusing much of its research on initiatives related to exercise and health challenges in the 21st century.

Pat McGinnis, president of FreeMotion Fitness, states: "FreeMotion Fitness was founded based on a simple observation: 'One-dimensional training doesn't carry over to a three-dimensional world. Train the way you move in life and sport.' It is critical that we have partners that can support this philosophy. This is why we have chosen to partner with the U of M and the School of Kinesiology. Their state-of-the-art Human and Sport Performance Laboratory will provide us with the research we need to improve our products and training protocols. We look forward to a long-term relationship with the University of Minnesota."

About FreeMotion Fitness

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