The Inquirer's Health & Fitness Section Give a Big Thumbs Up!
The spectacular Intercollegiate Weight Room at Weiss Pavilion opened in May 2010. More than 18,000 square feet has been dedicated solely 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 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.