The Union College Weight Training Facility

Soldiers and Sailors Wellness Center

Photos: Virtual Tour of the Soliders and Sailors Wellness Center

Union College student-athletes have a new state-of-the-art wellness center to help train in and out of season. The renovation of the lower level of Soldiers and Sailors Center was completed in the spring of 2008 and features two areas, a weight-room and cardio area.

The weight-room facility is open to all Union students as well as faculity and staff during designated times.

In 2012, the weight-room equipment was updated and upgraded. It now features 13 power racks with platforms and 500 pounds per station. Also located in the weight room are four glute and ham machines, four pull down and preacher curl areas. In addition, the weight room houses 13 portable dip racks, free weights (dumbbells) ranging from 10 pounds to 100 pounds in five-pound incredments, and medicine balls from 8 pounds to 25 pounds.

The cardio area is home to treadmills, elliptical and stationary bikes along with additional free weights from three to 50 pounds.

Soldiers and Sailors was constructed in 1919 as the College's gymnasium. It contained a swimming pool in the basement and at the time of its construction was considered "state-of-the-art." The pool was the first indoor pool in the state of Kentucky. In the early 1960s, a new gymnasium (Robsion Arena) was built, and the old gym was turned over to the Drama Department. It was renamed the Dramatic Arts Center (DAC), and the gymnasium was converted into a stage.

Part of the basement area was converted into a coffee shop in the fall of 1973, and it remained that way throughout the 1970s. For a period of time in the '80s, the building was closed because of structural problems. It was reinforced and re-opened as the Intramural Center in 1990. In 1994, the area once used as a coffee shop was cleaned up and was used as a recycling center before being renovated for the new Wellness Center.