News: Promising, Remodeled Weight Room
The weight room has been remodeled, as of last spring, and is promising results for the sports’ programs. Before the remodeling, the 2 power cages were in the back corners, the dumbbells were awkwardly placed in the middle of the room and often missing, and there were assorted machines for isolated workouts. Aside from the dumbbells, all of the equipment has been removed and replaced strategically to wield the best results for M-A sports.
The new weight room is based off of standard NCAA weight rooms. The weight room now houses two rows of four power cages, and the dumbbells are placed conveniently in the front corner. The room is much simpler, which was the remodeling goal.
The athletic department decided they wanted teams to be focused on more beneficial training, rather than isolated training. In college, sports teams only focus on five lifts to maximize strength and explosiveness. These include: bench press, barbell squats, Dead lifts, Barbell Rows, and military (shoulder) press. These five movements cover all major areas of the body, and when focused on, lead to results on the field. All five of these power movements can be done in one power cage, so if a team was to set up groups of two with the lifter and spotter interchanging, 24 players could be in the gym building strength, while a handful more could be doing more specific workouts on their own with the dumbbells.
The football team frequented the new weight room over the summer in preparation for the 2013 season. Now that the season has started, they only lift on weekends. Currently, the lacrosse team is doing off-season lifting in the new facility, along with the basketball team. The women’s volleyball team has also been occupying the weight room during their busy season.
Assistant lacrosse coach, Matt Bond, leads the lacrosse team in the weight room, and has devised a two-day workout that includes all the major workouts.
Coach Bond remarks, “the new weight room is great because it offers a full gym to any player, and gives them the opportunity to learn about healthy habits in a great environment, with no pressure to impress those around you, which allows first-time lifters to learn good form and prepare for upcoming seasons.”
I encourage athletes to make a trip to the new weight room with your sports team.