Aug. 2, 2010
(Note: The Cougar Mania Strength and Conditioning renovation is being funded through the Student-Athlete Excellence Account, a fund designed to assist in the renovation of department facilities to improve the collegiate experience for all WSU student-athletes, regardless of the sport. Former WSU Football Coach Jim Walden has made a contribution to the project with his Make Jim Pay Challenge. For every $5 donated to the Athletic Department's Student-Athlete Excellence Account, Coach Walden contributes $1, up to $200,000. For more information on the Walden Challenge and to contribute, click HERE)
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PULLMAN, Wash. - The Cougar Mania Strength and Conditioning Complex underwent a facelift during the spring.
Utilized by the approximately 450 Washington State University student-athletes, the weight room, which opened in 1997, consists of two floors covering 14,000 square feet. Prior to the renovation, the layout featured eight stations each for squat press and Olympic style lifting, and 12 for bench press.
After the renovation there are 24 racks for each of the three lifts and new sets of rubber weights for each rack. Additionally, a set of TRX straps, a suspension training tool device that allows athletes to receive an entire workout without using weights, is installed on each rack.
Furthermore, a new rubber surface, called mondo flooring, was installed on both floors of the room. In the previous arrangement, raised platforms were situated at each of the Olympic lifting stations but with the installation of the new surface, the room's entire floor is flat.
And despite the presence of more equipment, the layout has been rearranged to allow more space for athletes to move around.
Watch a video feature on the renovation with comments from David Lang, Director of Strength and Conditioning below.