The Bob McCreary Strength Complex serves as the weight training facility for all 18 of Wake Forest's varsity teams. The complex is located on the main floor of the Manchester Athletic Center, located in the heart of campus.
The weight room was completely renovated in the summer of 2008. The new-look complex features new Mondo flooring, a 200-foot chin-up bar, multiple flat screen televisions and new weight racks designed especially for the purpose of maximizing space.
The weight room floor was replaced with Mondo flooring, a rubber surface that has been used at every Olympics since 1976.
The new racks, which were designed by head strength and conditioning coordinator Ethan Reeve, include a mobile bench and allow more space consideration than the commonly-used boxed-in weight rack.
"We had power racks in there that took-up a third of our room space-wise. So, we modified the room," said Reeve. "We have 200 feet of stainless steel chin-up bars that are now out of the way. The chin-up bars used to be on every one of our power racks. We stored a lot of our weights on those power racks. But inside the power racks, we maybe only did one exercise, bench press. So, we took the power racks out."
Where platforms once held the old racks, the floor is now level, giving Reeve and his staff more room to coach as well as giving Wake Forest athletes more space to run speed and agility drills.
To fully implement his vision for improved space usage in the weight room Reeve traveled to Lincolnton, N.C. to meet with engineers at UCS, a sports and recreational products manufacturer. There Reeve designed the rack which he believes will solidify the Demon Deacon weight room as one of the best in the nation.
"UCS makes great weight room equipment, the best in the world," said Reeve. "I went to them and designed a rack, a squat stand. Now we have 22 stations with 22 of these squat stands. At every one of those stands you can bench press, incline press, front squat, back squat, do lunges, etc. Everything is right there. When you want to bench, you wheel-in the bench, it sets down and locks right into place. It's more universal. When we're not using it, we pull the bench back under the chin-up bar and out of the way.
"We're talking inches here. You have this space and you have to make sure you have room for safety and uniformity and those kinds of things," said Reeve. "We have so much weight. We'll have 500 pounds of bumper weights and bar at every station. That's more than we've had before. Multiply that with the bench, kettle bells, dumbbells, all of that by 22 stations. There's no place in the country like that. No one has all of that together."
The installation of four 42-inch flat screen televisions and four 32-inch flat screen TVs added a technological improvement to the weight room as well. The screens display video of proper lifting techniques as well as PowerPoint presentations of workouts specific to the teams scheduled to lift at any given time.
Reeve sees all of the weight room improvements as part of the continued dedication to providing Wake Forest student-athletes with the best in strength training and conditioning equipment.
"[Athletic Director] Ron Wellman gave us a good budget and he wanted us to get the best," said Reeve. "We have the best racks, the best flooring, the best bumpers, the best bars in the world. We may not have the largest room, but we're going to have the best room. That's what we've done."
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