The Life Fitness Center combines physical activity with academic lessons in a 1,000-square foot fitness facility. Since the Life Fitness Center opened in November 2011, it is used daily by physical education classes as well as athletic teams. Lower School students have gotten used to their daily “engine changers” in the Center, and an Upper School math exam was based on students tracking workouts and charting heart rates. The Life Fitness Center was made possible by restricted funds from an anonymous donor.
The Life Fitness Center is available to students before and after school as well as during recess and their advisory period. Occupational therapists also use the room with Trident Academy students.
The Center contains both cardiovascular and strength-training equipment that is appropriate for students of all ages, as well as a large open area that can be used for group classes or team practices. Inside, you’ll find:
- Two treadmills
- Two elliptical trainers
- One recumbent bike with ergometer
- One water-resistant rowing machine
- A TRX suspension trainer, a bodyweight exercise that develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.
- For balance there are four different-sized balance balls, one balance beam, yoga mats, and a Bosu balance ball,
- A functional trainer that offers multiple upper- and lower-body exercises in a compact footprint.
- Two Wii stations
- A mini trampoline
- Aerobic steps
In addition to the fitness equipment, the Life Fitness Center is also equipped with five flat-screen TVs that can be hooked up to computers as well as cable. This enables teachers to bring classes into the center and rehearse spelling words or history facts while the students exercise. The UpperSchool current events class watches and discusses the news while working out each week.