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Maine Maritime Academy to Overhaul Cardio Fitness and Weight Rooms

Facilities Upgrade a Campus-Wide Effort

CASTINE, Maine—One of Maine Maritime Academy’s most popular hubs for student and community activity will receive an overhaul during the next two weeks. The Academy’s Cardio Fitness and Weight Rooms are slated to receive new equipment and other upgrades as part of a campus-wide initiative spearheaded by the Department of Athletics and Recreation, with financial assistance from the Student Life Department.  

“As Athletics and Student Affairs are now both in my division, I'm excited we could collaborate together to bring these plans to fruition. The upgrade will provide new equipment for all students to enjoy and use to stay fit and relieve stress,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Liz True.

The new equipment will benefit the Academy’s students both on land and at sea. Equipment taken off-line at the athletic complex will be installed in the Training Ship State of Maine weight room, along with a new set of dumbbells.

“This is a great improvement, allowing us the ability to promote continued fitness for all students while on land and at sea,” Commandant of Midshipmen, Nate Gandy, said. “The ship gym saw very heavy use during the 2013 training cruise and it’s great that the Athletics Department is helping us to improve that area. With over 285 students and staff going to sea, having the extra dumbbells and quality training equipment is a huge boost to overall wellness at the Academy.”

The training concept for the weight room was developed by Drexel University Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mike Rankin, the 2007 National Strength Coaches Association’s Professional of the Year. The six-rack, four-bridge concept will allow the Mariners’ athletic teams to conduct efficient workouts for 24 to 36 athletes simultaneously, while still meeting the demands of the Academy’s staff and students not involved in varsity athletics. The floor plan is open down the center with platforms cut into the floor, allowing additional open space for various training activities.

The equipment for both rooms will be provided by Houston-based ProMaxima. The rack and bridge systems will be custom-built for the weight room, which will feature Regulpol Aktiv 35000 flooring. The cardio room will feature a nine-piece, selectorized strength circuit and 15 new cardio machines manufactured by Landice and Centurion. The treadmills and ellipticals will feature 26 programs including Navy, Marine and firefighter fitness tests.

Both rooms will receive fresh paint and upgrades to the audio/video systems.

Athletics provided 75 percent of the cost of the equipment, including 100 percent of the cost of the weight room through funds raised in the Annual Mariner Classic Golf Tournaments in Texas and Maine. The Student Life Department, taking advantage of Pepsi’s generosity, picked up 25 percent of the project’s cost, covering over half of the equipment expenses in the cardio room. Public Works took on the cost of flooring, and aided in the selection of equipment.

“We are pleased to partner with the Athletics Department to provide students with an up-to-date facility,” Dean of Students Deidra Davis said. “Physical fitness is an important component of overall wellness, which certainly has positive benefits in and out of the classroom. We are excited to see the students’ reactions, and their use of the new equipment.”

The updated rooms, along with the swimming pool, will continue to be available to the public through paid memberships. Membership rates will see a moderate increase in 2013-2014, but will remain substantially lower than local alternatives. The rooms should re-open to the public on or before August 12. For more information, contact Matt Blymier, Assistant Director of Athletics at 326-0113 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 18 degree programs in engineering, management, science and transportation. For more information, visit

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