Saint Michael's College Magazine

Worth Its Weight

Varsity athletes finally have a gym of their own

worth its weightIt's safe to say that the fitness routine of a varsity basketball player is different than that of a student who only shoots hoops once a week at lunchtime but who likes to keep in shape all the same.

In order to make staying in top form a bit easier for everyone, Saint Michael's opened a new varsity weight room at the beginning of the new academic year. For the first time members, the college's 21 varsity sports teams will have a facility solely dedicated to their strength and conditioning training.

The student-athletes have trained alongside the general student body, faculty and staff in the Tarrant Recreation Center since the building opened in 1994. "The new facility provides a top-notch training site for the 400-plus varsity student-athletes of Saint Michael's," says Athletic Director Geri Knortz, "and it also relieves some pressure from the use of the general fitness room designed for the entire Saint Michael's community."

The 2,250-square-foot varsity facility was created in a former multi-purpose area on the second story of the Ross Sports Center, overlooking the basketball and volleyball competition court.

Highlights of the new equipment include three full power racks and platforms, two glute-ham benches, two FreeMotion Dual Stack Functional Trainers, four Schwinn Airdyne stationary bikes, four adjustable utility benches, as a variety of other functional equipment.

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