Opened in 1997, the $10.6 million Merryman Center serves as the home of the Virginia Tech athletics department’s primary strength and conditioning area and features more than 17,000 square feet of space dedicated to the strength and conditioning of the school’s student-athletes.
Of that space, 11,000 square feet is dedicated to the weight room portion of the facility and features a glass wall that looks out onto the Johnson Football Practice Fields and Lane Stadium.
In 2013, the entire strength and conditioning area underwent renovations, which included the updating of the flooring and all new equipment. All power racks, weightlifting benches, bars and plates have been replaced and upgraded. These enhancements allow players to train at 18 separate self-contained power areas, where they can complete the majority of their strength training without leaving their immediate area. This training system makes each training session more efficient.
Also in 2013, the speed agility gym, a 6,000 square foot gym adjacent to the weight room, was renovated. A new Mondo rubberized surface was installed, adding thickness and adhesion. This surface is more joint friendly and limits sliding when performing change-of-direction drills.
The speed agility floor is designed to resemble a football field and is maroon with orange yard lines and hashes. In addition to the new flooring, all plyometric jump boxes and speed sleds were replaced and upgraded.
The speed agility gym allows the players to train in a functional, holistic manner. The team utilizes both the weight room and the speed agility gym virtually during every workout.
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