By David Wilson
The Athletic Department is currently renovating the university’s weight room.
The renovation is part of a larger plan of improving the strength and conditioning program that will lead to success on the field for Cal Poly Pomona’s student athletes.
This past summer, Athletic Director Brian Swanson described the weight room at that time as more of “an older lifting shed.”
Swanson stressed the renovation as a priority for the department this year, and construction was scheduled for completion just prior to the start of winter quarter.
However, renovations are still under way.
Associate Athletic Director Ruem Malasarn is in charge of sports performance and is excited about a more comfortable setting for athletes to train.
“During August and September and during the late spring it gets pretty hot around here and that room can get well upwards of 100 degrees, which really isn’t safe to have our athletes training,” said Malasarn. “So safety was one of the primary reasons and also to create a facility that was high quality for our athletes and a facility that really represented the University.”
The new weight room will not be in a new location, but instead an improvement on what was previously used.
“The biggest change is going to be the addition of the heating ventilation and the air conditioning,” said Malasarn. “The lighting in there is going to be much improved, as well as new flooring in there for the safety of the athletes as well as the equipment.”
“Appearance is a big thing,” said first-year strength and conditioning coach Chase Sanders. “We are going to have a paint job on both inside and the outside. Right now we have an old busted sliding door, we’re getting that door taken off and getting a brand new glass door put on… It’s going to look like a completely new building.”
The improved weight room is just one part of the department’s overall improvement of the strength and conditioning program.
One of the first steps was hiring Sanders as a full-time strength and conditioning coach.
“It’s cut down significantly on the number of back injuries, lifting injuries and muscle strains because now we have somebody who has been educated and trained in how to teach our athletes how to do that appropriately,” said Malasarn. “Up until this point, athletes were either working out on their own or working out with their coaches. Although coaches have some knowledge of that area, most of the time it’s not their area of expertise.”
Sanders and Malasarn have already developed new weight training programs in preparation for the opening of the new weight room.
“We’ve added six brand new squat racks. We’ve added new barbells, dip belts, med balls, good clips and dumbbells. It’s going to look that much better with that new equipment once the place is completely redone,” said Sanders.
Both Malasarn and Sanders stressed how critical weight training is to athletes and believe that excellence in strength and conditioning will translate to excellence on the field of play.
“For an athlete to strength and condition, it’s everything ” The better your strength and conditioning department is, most likely the better your athletic teams will be as a whole, ” said Sanders.
“The programs who have really bought in to strength and conditioning and have incorporated it fully have seen a huge decrease in injuries and have actually seen more success towards the end of the year,” said Malasarn. “If you look at any level of sports, across the board, teams who are able to remain healthy into the end of the season and playoffs are the teams that end up being successful.”
Eviana Vergara / The Poly Post
Renovation of the weight room
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