Three local schools add weight rooms

Published 10:46 pm Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thorsby received four new safety racks, which include benches, new weights and bars. The facility also contains equipment that will not necessarily build muscle but will prevent sports-related injuries.

The Rebel cheerleaders were the first to use the facility, as they held practice there in early June. The other student-athletes began using the facility on July 9.

Williams said that the new facility has given Thorsby’s three-time defending state champion weightlifting team even higher expectations going into the next weightlifting season. With more room, the Rebels should be able to work out more athletes at a quicker pace than ever before.

“We are very thankful to the community, parents and sponsors we had,” Williams said on behalf of the school’s athletic department.

The athletic department is still looking for funds to further improve the equipment in the new facility.

The old weight rooms at Thorsby High School and Chilton County High School will become locker rooms for the respective football teams.

CCHS’s will become the varsity locker room, but Hand said they are doing one thing at a time. Everything they do takes time, money, and volunteers to get finished, and Hand wants to finish the new weight room before they begin converting the old weight room into a locker room.

Hand said they would have to get someone to build the new lockers and other equipment to place in the locker room.

THS is already working on converting their old weight room into a locker room.

The old weight room was used as the varsity football locker room, but lockers were confined to only about 50 percent of the space available. The other half of the space was used as the weight room. So with all of the space available, the Rebels will be able to have the varsity and junior varsity football teams in the same building.

Jemison High School will be finishing work on their new multi-use facility at the end of the summer.