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In addition to the added cost of transportation to and from
the gym, the voluntary off-campus agreement with the
public gym presented other problems.
" [It] caused all sorts of logistical problems, " Ben
Rabinovitch, UCT's athletic director said. " In the 50 years
of the school we never had a weight room. A couple of
years ago we had to stop kids from building their own
squat racks. "
With a brand-new facility in their backyard, the Rams'
athletic program outfitted the wellness center with an
array of new equipment. On the left wing of the building
is the cardio room - equipped with eight treadmills, six
ellipticals, four upright bikes, four recumbent bikes, two
concept rowers, and assault bikes. Users can sync up their
smartphones or devices to the cardio equipment and build
workout plans and goals, or they can fire up Netflix or
ESPN while they work up a sweat. The only catch is users
have to be operating the cardio machines to access the
entertainment apps.
The weight room resides in the right wing of the building
and is a strength coach's dream; featuring four power
racks with safety squat bars, eight different bench bars that
are split between 35 and 45-pound weights, free weights
ranging from 1-pound to 75-pound sets, curling bars
ranging from 20 to 100 pounds, a full array of resistance
bands, battle ropes, kettlebell sets, a cable crossover
machine, and a corner devoted to mobility and stretching
with foam rollers, yoga mats, and medicine balls.
But it's the center of the facility that operates as the
heart of the wellness center - the athletic trainer's/
educational room. As a vocational school with a
blossoming health sciences program, UCT has recently
begun exploratory classes for students interested in
athletic training, physical therapy, and personal training.
The space blends a classic educational setting with an
in-the-field feel that features two exam tables, two tables
specifically devoted to taping stations, a Game Ready
cryotherapy machine, a Hydrocollator heating unit, a
theragun, and an extremity whirlpool.
The Rams' athletic trainer, Ross Talpey, ATC, LAT,
now has a space to properly treat student-athletes, but
also give hands-on learning experiences to potential
future trainers.
" Going from a janitor's closet at the side of the gym
to a beautiful training room and an area where the
kids can work out, and not only have access to physical
fitness but a rehabilitative process, is phenomenal, "
Talpey said. " My door is always open to [students who
are interested in health sciences]. They can shadow
me after school to see what I'm doing. I'm all for them
getting a better understanding of what they might
want to do moving forward. A lot of these health
science students are already getting a CNA and will
have a massive leg up on the competition in whatever
healthcare field they decide to enter.
" Any type of health career students can expose
themselves to something other than stereotypical
emergency meds. There is this other niche world
with athletics and orthopedics, physical therapies,
chiropractors, etc. The kids go into thinking they want to
be a nurse or surgeon, and then they see this other side of
the healthcare field, " Talpey added.
While offering its students and faculty a top-notch
wellness center to utilize, the space also is a unifying sign
of the UCT community.
" Kids can get together in the offseason and build that
camaraderie in the weight room, " Rabinovitch said. " The
kids can learn from their teachers and see what teachers
are doing to stay healthy as well - which is good to see
students, teachers, and coaches operating in a different
setting. "
" We are an application-based school, where our students
learn through doing rather than being passive. They
did all the work in building that space. It creates a big
sense of pride for them when they're in there working out
themselves, " Dutch said. " These are obviously experiences
you can't replicate in a classroom, even in a technical
classroom, there's nothing like learning in a real situation
where the equipment and space is used by real people. "
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