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Farmington High School gaining a new weight room

Walk into the new weight room and your eyes are immediately drawn to a banner in the back of the room, saying "Welcome to the Jungle". Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Racks like this were installed all over the new weight room to accommodate squatting, bench pressing, etc. In the middle of the room is this plaque attached to a rack. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
The banner incorporates a common FHS sight, the eyes of a Tiger as a backdrop, which is also seen when looking toward the school from the football stadium. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

Farmington High School athletes and students are gaining a new weight room this summer and the renovations is almost finished. Aptly named "The Jungle", when finished in July it will complement the already existing weight room.

Physical education teacher and strength and conditioning coordinator Scott Meier said that in the past they have often had multiple classes in the current weight room, making it very crowded. The new weight room will help alleviate that problem, as well as allow FHS to add to their variety of equipment. As FHS continues to go digital and utilize more technology in the classroom, they are using less and less textbooks. The new weight room is in an old textbook storage room that the school no longer needs.

While the room will not be ready until after the Fourth of July, much of the major renovations to the room have already took place. "The Jungle" received a new coat of paint, new flooring and a custom banner saying "Welcome to the Jungle". This past week, new weightlifting racks were installed and once that is finished, the actual weights and other equipment will be purchased a shipped in from Owatonna. Check back in July for an update on the finished product.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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