This study was intended to explore how to enhance Chinese junior high school students' interest in physical education classes and develop lifelong exercise habits through assembled multifunctional exercise equipment. By combining traditional exercise equipment with interactive software, new teaching possibilities for physical education for middle school students were explored. For this case study, the test participants were physical education teachers and students in China. By comparing the designed exercise models with traditional exercise equipment in terms of functionality, material comfort, and attractiveness, the discussion results showed that students had a positive relationship between enhancing physical activity and using the new equipment but showed hesitation in introducing the new teaching system by the instructors. Future research is needed into the physical education systems in China for middle-grade students to further understand their motivations for exercise.

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Exercise for youth--China--Equipment and supplies-- Design; Exercise for youth--China--Interactive multimedia--Design

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Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Lorraine Justice

Advisor/Committee Member

Alex Lobos


RIT – Main Campus

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