Rockford High School Weight Room

New weight room at RHS second to none

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY Rockford has enjoyed a nearly 20-year run of previously unparalleled success across the board in their athletic department. The Rams have numerous state titles and top five finishes in sports as varied as gymnastics to football, crew to basketball, and swimming to baseball. Toss in the cross country, track, water polo, wrestling, volleyball and baseball crowns and it isn’t hard to see why the athletic program is the envy of many schools around the state. Great coaches and great athletes have dotted the landscape over this golden era. Add in facilities that were state-of-the-art at the high school level when they were built in 1994, and have remained that way through bond issues passed by a generous locale populace, and it is easy to envision things staying status quo for the foreseeable future. But one part of the program that had fallen more than a bit behind the times is the weight room. When parents, administrators, coaches and student athletes have made forays into other schools that have been constructed more recently it was fairly obvious the Rams were seriously lacking in the facilities and equipment offered at Rockford High School. Please consider that situation rectified. When the last bond issue was passed a few years back and new academic and athletic facilities were constructed or added onto, Rockford Public Schools had a little bit of extra money on hand due to favorable interest rates. The weight room was a situation that administrators knew they needed to address and they made a survey of local facilities. What they came up with is a testament to the school colors, efficiency and a far more gender-friendly atmosphere. “The old weight room looked more like something from the textbook on general strength training for football players,” said Rockford Athletic Director Tim Erickson. “We eliminated the dank sweatshop look and drastically changed the types and amounts of weight machines offered. All of the new equipment is orange and black and multi-functional. We also added windows so the kids could look out into open spaces and to brighten up the atmosphere.” The capabilities of the newly remodeled weight room versus the old weight room are eye-popping. The exercise selection has increased dramatically. It would take days to […]