VMI football is ready for the 2023 season with an upgraded weight room that includes 14 new pieces of equipment and a nutrition station. The enhancements were funded by alumni and are expected to amplify the Keydets’ strengthening, conditioning, and performance.
Owing to the generosity of Charles Luck ’83, for whom the weight room is named, and 114 other alumni, the 2022 Compete to Win campaign raised operations funds for athletics over a two-day period. When football identified the weight room as their primary need, alumni, family, and friends of the program abundantly supported the effort.
The Luck Weight Room’s updates include the addition of 14 customized Sorinex racks and a new nutrition station. Each rack is complete with 700 pounds of weight, a set of adjustable power block dumbbells, and attachable hammer arms. The type and layout of the equipment ensures maximal efficiency, allowing groups of four athletes to train at each station without leaving. With the new racks, Keydets will be able to train for the utmost speed, power, and hypertrophy—increasing the physical size of muscles—in a safe, efficient, and competitive environment. Meanwhile, the nutrition station will supplement athletes’ diets with the necessary nutrients to fuel recovery and optimize their performance.
“Our rejuvenated weight room will be a real positive for our football program,” said Jim Miller, director of intercollegiate athletics. “I want to thank the Keydet Club and its members for the funding; the Institute’s facilities staff who made it happen; and Lenny Brown, deputy A.D., for his leadership of the project.”
Football also hopes to use the weight room as a recruiting tool as it allows young men to grow and develop with attention to their success in the field and in life.
Video courtesy VMI Keydets.
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