Facilities: Fitness & Training
- Tips for Maintaining and Replacing Weight Room Flooring
by Dennis Van Milligen January 2014
When the University of Oregon formally unveiled its new $68 million football performance center, the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, last summer, it redefined athletic luxury on the collegiate level. Designed by Portland-based ZGF Architects LLP, amenities include a players lounge with Italian leather furniture, rugs hand-woven in Nepal and customized gaming systems; a space-age locker room that requires a biometric thumbprint to enter; and a 25,000-square-foot weight room fortified with Brazilian Ipe wood floors. Environmentally friendly, this type of flooring is mold-, fire-, weather- and pest-resistant, and its strength is comparable to that of steel.
- Partnership with TRX Instructor Brings Firemen’s Fitness In-House
by Emily Attwood December 2013
The Middleton, Wis., Fire District was looking for a solution to keep its 120-person volunteer force in shape. "What we do is pretty serious," says fire chief Aaron Harris. "In a moment's notice, we could be fighting a structure fire. The strains on the body, the heart — the number-one leading killer of a firefighter is heart attacks — it's something we wanted to address."
- ABC: Tour Showcases Two Distinct Rec Center Designs
by AB Staff November 2013
Before a tour of Long Beach State’s three-year-old recreation center even began, associate director of recreation Sean Del Rossi alerted some 70 ABC attendees that they would later step into a “bizarro world” once the tour took them to the University of California-Irvine’s counterpart facility. In terms of programming layout, left would be right and vice versa.
- 2013 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Fort Rucker (Ala.) Youth Sports and Fitness
by NAYS Staff November 2013
The road to excellence began five years ago for Fort Rucker (Ala.) Youth Sports and Fitness. Randy Tolison took over as youth sports and fitness director, bringing with him a fresh perspective to rejuvenate the program. "The program looked good from the outside, but it was a little stagnant on the inside," says Tolison. "The staff on board was doing okay, but it appeared that they were satisfied with just being okay."
- Selectorized Equipment Still Popular in Era of CrossFit
by Paul Steinbach October 2013
CrossFit seems to be everywhere. It's all over the fitness headlines, at least.
- 2013 Facilities of Merit: Keene YMCA
by AB Editors September 2013
Doing more with less has become a common design mantra, but nowhere is this more evident than in the Keene Family YMCA, which efficiently houses a wide range of activity spaces. Said one judge, "Keene YMCA is a wonderful example of how commercial building systems can be utilized with pre-engineered systems to provide communities with cost-effective program space."
- Woman Falls to Her Death in Climbing Gym Accident
by Michael Gaio September 2013
An experienced climber died Sunday when she fell about 30 feet off a climbing wall at a Grapevine, Texas, climbing gym. Police say the death was an unfortunate accident.
- CrossFit Stirs Passions, But Both Sides Need to Relax
by Rob Bishop August 2013
We want to get this straight. If you do CrossFit, you are physically, morally, ethically and socially superior to everyone, and anyone who refuses to agree that CrossFit is the best and only form of physical conditioning is a loser who doesn't "get it."
- Syracuse Unveils Plans for New Practice Facility
by Michael Gaio July 2013
Syracuse University is building off its successful 2012 athletic season, literally. The school unveiled plans for a $17 million indoor practice facility on Tuesday.
- Aquatic Climbing Walls Becoming a Popular Pool Amenity
by Paul Steinbach July 2013
Prairie Athletic Club calls itself the largest health club in Wisconsin, and few casual observers would question that claim. After all, how many clubs in these northern climes can boast their own outdoor water park?