The Syosset Board of Education, district administration and local officials celebrated the opening of a new state-of-the-art Fitness Center on Friday, November 13, by cutting a bright red ribbon in the new space located at Syosset High School.
Senator Jim Gaughran and Legislator Joshua Lafazan were in attendance, along with a limited number of Syosset students and coaches. The event was limited in size to abide by all health and safety precautions currently in place due to the pandemic.
The state-of-the-art fitness center will amplify the Syosset physical education, health and wellness, and Athletics programs. The facility provides space for instruction, weight training, circuit training, and cardio conditioning, in addition to new locker rooms, restrooms facilities and athletic offices. The equipment for the facility was selected not only to help students advance physically, but also to keep them safe. The machines were chosen to build the strength specifically needed for each sport, helping to prevent injuries on the field.
Under trained supervision, students are currently using the fitness center during physical education classes during the school day and for off-season strength and conditioning after school. The fitness center is currently operating at a limited capacity so that all health and safety protocols can be followed.
The new Fitness Center is approximately 8,200 square feet and will offer the following features:
- Cardio machines including ellipticals, treadmills, and stationary bikes
- Pendulum plate loading strength equipment
- 8 free weight racks
- Medicine balls, Plyo boxes, strength bands, conditioning ropes, kettlebells, and mats
- New locker rooms and bathroom facilities
In February 2018, the voters of the Syosset Central School District approved the construction of a new weight room and fitness center for Syosset High School as part of a capital project improvement plan. The addition of the new Fitness Center follows the completion of a new 8-lane track and artificial turf field, the addition of two new tennis courts and refurbishment of the exiting courts, and updates to the pool facility.
“The District is deeply grateful for the support of the Syosset community and to Senator Jim Gaughran and Legislator Joshua Lafazan for assisting in securing grants to aid in the purchase and installation of the state-of-the-art fitness equipment for our new facility that will serve Syosset students for years to come,” remarked Dr. Tom Rogers, Superintendent of Schools.
The new building addition is located where temporary building structures, or “portables”, once stood that housed the old weight room. The location of the facility provides quick access to the new 8-lane track and artificial turf field just completed last year. An abundance of natural light from a wall of windows and a modern, open design featuring the school’s bold red and black colors make the space inviting and engaging for students.
Photos courtesy of the Syosset Central School District
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