A power lift
The Blooming Prairie High School weight room underwent a face lift recently and it now is one of the most used spaces at the high school, says Ali Mach, activities director.
Thanks to an allocation from the Blooming Prairie Education Foundation, the weight room has taken on a new look with the acquisition of a substantial amount of equipment.
The equipment carries a price tag of $38,000.
"We really appreciate this commitment by the Ed Foundation," says Mach. "The equipment will make our students and athletes stronger and healthier," Mach added.
The monies come from a Big Ideas Challenge application submitted to the BP Ed Board by Brittany Hoban, high school physical education instructor.
"Brittany did a lot of the work to evaluate the school's needs in the weight training area," remarked Mach. The allocation request was based on the needs for the physical education department and for Blooming Prairie's sports programs.
The weight room had not been updated since 2001, said Mach. "It needed an overhaul," she emphasized.
Most of the new equipment is in place after students and staff recently spent one day putting the equipment together. Flooring supporting the equipment is still in the process of being installed.
The equipment was ordered last spring. It consists of six half-racks with four weight platforms put into place. Other equipment includes a whole set of rubber dumb bells, an ab machine and a neck machine. May workout exercises are linked to the half racks.
Already, the equipment has made a difference for the physical education students and student athletes, Mach believes.
The weight room is used before and after school and during phy ed classes during the day.
With the addition of more weight training equipment, the high school is able to keep current with the many changes in education, Mach pointed out. "This is another way to help our kids and a big thank you goes to the Ed Foundation," Mach commented.
An end result is "a healthier lifestyle for our kids," said Mach. "The kids really like it and take pride in using the equipment that carries custom Blossom logos.
The Blossom football team, led by Coach Chad Gimbel, has reaped benefits of the weight program. Coach Gimbel's players have spent considerable time in the weight room working on various training exercises.
Blooming Prairie High School does not have a weight trainer as do many other Minnesota high schools. Blooming Prairie coaches and phy ed instructors handle the training.