The Inquirer's Health & Fitness Section Gives a Big Thumbs Up!
PHILADELPHIA - While the formal dedication of the George A Weiss Pavilion is not set until next fall, the intercollegiate athletes have already begun using their new weight room in the bottom of the center.
And what a room it is. More than 18,000 square feet has been dedicated to Penn's varsity intercollegiate athletes, with state-of-the art equipment, running areas, and setups that are unique to the University.
Entering from 33rd Street, certainly the highlight and most dramatic element of the center is the 30 weightlifting racks that were uniquely made for Penn by Sorinex. These racks use more than 20,000 pounds of WerkSan barbells and plates, which are generally considered the finest of their kind in the world. The flooring and platform inlays, unique to Penn, were designed by Mondo Flooring. The room also boasts two running tracks with a special surface specifically designed by Mondo Flooring for maximum traction and durability.
Penn's new intercollegiate weight room also boasts more than 40 LifeFitness machines for cardio as well as muscle development; 18 heavy bags from Balazs for kickboxing drills; two complete dumbbell sets (up to 150-pound weights) from Intek; and dozens of medicine balls from M&F Athletics for ballistic training.
In addition to Mr. Weiss' gift to name the entire facility, an anonymous donor made the construction of the bottom-floor intercollegiate weight room possible. There is still work to be done, and naming opportunities are still available at several levels. For more information on supporting the rest of the Weiss Pavilion project, contact Associate Director of Athletics William Roth at 215.898.4717.