July 19, 2007
BABSON PARK, Mass. - Babson College has announced plans for numerous upgrades within the Webster Athletic Center this summer. These improvements, which focus primarily on areas within the Lunder Fitness Center, are on schedule to be completed by the start of the school year.
Among the many improvements will be the addition of 10 new cardio machines on the mezzanine overlooking Staake Gymnasium, as well as a state-of-the-art Cardio Theater system that will include five flat-screen televisions with closed circuit sound. The new machines, purchased from Life Fitness, will include four elliptical devices, four spinning bikes, and two treadmills. In addition, new ceiling fans will be installed over the mezzanine to improve air circulation in the area.
Elsewhere, the Lunder Fitness Center weight room will feature a new ligthing system and industry-leading Mondo flooring, as well as several equipment upgrades. In addition to two new Power Lift racks and a new functional trainer, all dumbells and free weights will be replaced with urethane versions to prevent rusting and cracking, cause less damage to other equipment, and promote better grip for safety. Urethane fixed bars of various weights will be added as well, along with several benches. Finally, some of the older machines will be refurbished and all machines will feature new padding.
"We are very excited about these improvements to our facility," says Director of Athletics Josh MacArthur. "These upgrades are a direct result of the feedback received from our students, and they were made possible by the incredible support of President Brian Barefoot, Provost Patti Greene, and Dean of the Undergraduate School Dennis Hanno. All three are extremely committed to giving our students the best possible experience, and these improvements are a direct reflection of that commitment."
"From a competitive standpoint, I truly believe these upgrades put us more in line with what other schools are offering their students. We will continue to evaluate and improve so we can offer our customers an enjoyable, fun, and safe recreational experience."