Marist High School reopened its Mortimer Fitness Center on November 9, after renovating and expanding the space to better serve the needs of students.
The original space was just shy of 3,000 square feet, and was at capacity with both equipment and students. The renovations added an additional 1,000 square feet in the form of a cardio room. The new space holds brand new state of the art cardio equipment including five treadmills, eight stationary bikes, four elliptical machines, and a hand weights station. Still to come, are flat screen monitors to enhance visitors’ workout experiences. The cardio room, while open to all students, was designed with non-athletes in mind. “Our focus is on the wellness of all students,” said Principal Larry Tucker ’79. “We wanted to make sure that there was a place where every student can improve his or her health in a welcoming, easy-to-use facility.”
Moving the cardio equipment to the new space, freed up floor area for additional weight training equipment. The room now boasts nearly 30 weight stations, along with several benches and free weights. Each station is customized with “RedHawk Strength” along the top. New rubber flooring was also added in weight room with the Marist RedHawk logo.
“This room is unlike anything offered to high school students nearby,” explained Athletic Director Bob Lim. “To have both the square footage and the variety and quality of equipment gives our athletes an edge competitively, and gives all of our students access to a unique fitness center.”
The center, which is monitored by teachers and coaches, will be open 2:30 to 4pm Monday through Friday for non-team workouts. Outside those hours, it is open to all, including sanctioned team training sessions. Additionally, students in physical education classes will learn how to safely use all the equipment.
The Mortimer Fitness Center was first opened in 2000 thanks to the generosity of board member John Mortimer ’72. The renovations were made possible through a combination of the annual operating budget and gifts from Marist donors.