Serves all 17 varsity sports
RICHMOND, Ky. (March 13, 2017) — The Eastern Kentucky University athletics department has unveiled its brand-new, state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center. The 1,200-square-foot facility, made possible through the support of Life Fitness and a private donation by Ron and Sherrie Lou Noel, serves all 17 varsity sports and more than 300 student-athletes.
It features renowned Hammer Strength equipment—20 weight racks (720 pounds per rack), 16 pieces of plate-loaded machinery, six pieces of cardio equipment and a 30-yard long by seven yard-wide artificial turf field to be used for warm-ups, sprints, agility training and plyometrics.
“This is not the same equipment that you will find at the rec or a local gym,” said EKU Director of Strength and Conditioning Jon-Michael Davis. “Everything is designed for athletic enhancement.”
The weight area stands on Mondo flooring. The durable, anti-bacterial flooring is soft enough to run on, but strong enough to withstand the impact of dropping weight.
“Everything in the strength and conditioning center has rubber absorption under it, meaning you can drop any amount of weight anywhere in the building and have sufficient cushioning underneath you. It’s easier on the athletes’ ankles, knees and hips,” Davis said. “We can be more explosive and dynamic with our athletic movement because of the absorption. It’s a huge training advantage.”
The facility also boasts a nutrition bar, which features eight smoothie machines and two ice cream dispensers.