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Published 09/10/15

Strength and Conditioning Center interior

The 10,000-square-foot state-of-the art facility enables student-athletes to train as a team in far less time with better equipment.

Strength and Conditioning Center opens for Bulldog's DI student-athletes

Bryant student-athletes are preparing for a strong fall season and fewer injures at the University's new Strength and Conditioning Center, which opened Aug. 10.

The 10,000-square-foot state-of-the art facility enables student-athletes to train as a team in far less time with better equipment. While such training will contribute to better on-field performance by stronger, faster athletes, most importantly it means Bryant’s student-athletes will be prone to fewer injuries.

“This weight room is second to none and will give our athletes the best chance to reach their ultimate potential in their sport.”

The building, which more than doubles the space and resources where Bryant’s 22 teams of 550 student-athletes work out, is large enough so entire teams can work out in one rotation. That allows the student-athletes to deploy their time efficiently. The building includes weightlifting stations, workout areas, a nutrition station, and an indoor turf sprint area.

The equipment also ensures training "in the most biomechanically sound manner to improve athletic performance and reduce injuries,” says Craig Buckley, head strength and conditioning coach. “This weight room is second to none and will give our athletes the best chance to reach their ultimate potential in their sport.”

"It’s a great feeling to see smiles on the faces of your student-athletes as they walk into inspiring new facilities,” says Athletic Director Bill Smith. “This beautiful new facility demonstrates our commitment to giving our student-athletes everything they need to be successful.”

The center, one element of the Bryant Builds campaign that includes new academic and athletic facilities on campus, was made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor and is the first athletic component to be completed. A new Sports Medicine and Training Center will provide student-athletes with the care and support necessary for competition at the highest level. Also under construction is a new Indoor Practice Facility.

“Since moving to Division I, Bryant has proven that we can compete,” says President Ronald K. Machtley. “We have earned national recognition for the strong academic and athletic performances of our student-athletes, and we have received the NEC Commissioner’s Cup for both of the last two years.”