This week's Featured Article is about a program that has rethought what was important in a championship weight room. Let's see What's New at Utah State!
Function dictates design is the best way to describe the recent makeover of the Utah State varsity weightroom. Located in scenic Logan, Utah, the Aggies weightroom accommodates the various needs of more than 300 student-athletes in numerous sports. And because the facility is limited to 5,500 square feet, every square foot must be utilized for maximum efficiency. This summer, the Aggies’s head strength coach, Jacob Scharnhorst, came up with a better way to increase the efficiency of his weightroom.
The key was to replace the large power racks with platforms with Elite Half Racks. "The racks we had took up a lot of space," says Scharnhorst. "We could only fit nine of them in our weightroom, so we decided to replace them with half racks. This allowed us to put 10 racks into a smaller space, which opened a bigger area for dumbbells."
Coach Scharnhorst tries to schedule workouts so that he and his staff work with 30 athletes at a time, dividing them into 10 groups of three. He says that one of the major differences between his program and the one used by the previous strength coach is that he has his athletes perform more Olympic lifting types of movements – and they do them from the floor rather than the hang...
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What's New at Utah State
Published: September/October 2009
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