Washington’s sports performance center is headquartered in the newly renovated 12,000-foot weight room facility that houses a balance of machine apparatus and free weights as well as a variety of modern fitness equipment. The facility was originally built in 1987 and was completely renovated in the summer of 2007.
Husky athletes train on the best equipment available to develop athletic strength, speed and conditioning. The Husky sports performance facility has a new athletic floor, new coach’s offices, a new athlete supplementation room and a new cardio mezzanine that overlooks the facility and has window views of Lake Washington.
The sports performance center is free weight oriented. The facility offers multiple lines including; 12 Olympic platforms, 12 complete Uesaka Olympic bumper sets, 18 power racks, two complete lines of dumbbells and other necessary pieces of equipment. The new cardio mezzanine houses a variety of aerobic equipment for UW athletes to utilize.
The weight room, housed in the Husky Legends Center (which also contains the football coaches’ offices as well as offices for most other sports’ coaches), continues Washington’s goal of providing the finest facilities for its student-athletes.
The University of Washington sports performance staff recognizes each UW student-athlete will spend a large amount of their undergraduate experience training and preparing for their sport. The staff hopes to enrich this experience with their expertise and abilities. The mission of the Husky sports performance program is to foster a positive, safe, challenging and properly equipped training environment. Their approach allows coaches and athletes to work together towards developing an athlete’s full physical and mental potential. The focal points of these comprehensive training programs include: mastery of correct training techniques, functional strength training, sport specific speed and agility development, sport specific conditioning and work capacity, flexibility and proper dietary practices.
Training programs incorporate sport specific, scientifically grounded training methods and principals in a year-round training cycle. Sports performance coaches also interact and collaborate with UW sport coaches, sports medicine, equipment and sport nutrition staffs to design the best training programs. This will facilitate the individual’s and team’s ability to be competitive in conference, regional and national competitions.
Located near all of the athletes’ locker rooms and practice and competition venues, the sports performance center is a convenient stop during the student-athletes’ busy days.
A long list of Husky athletes have been voted to the National All-Strength Team.