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E.J. Nutter Training Facility
The Nutter Center, as it is called on the UK campus, encompasses more than 48,000 square feet. Originally constructed at a cost of $5.7 million, the facility is the primary strength and conditioning workout area of the Kentucky football and baseball teams, plus rifle and track throwers. The Nutter Center is highlighted by a 9,000-square-foot weight room. The weight room has 100,000 pounds of free weights in addition to numerous strength and conditioning machines.
The Nutter Center also features a sprint track, sauna and jacuzzi, an aerobics room, and three racquetball courts.
Shively Weight Room
The 3,700-square foot Shively Weight Room is under the direction of Coach John Spurlock and features a variety of free weight equipment, which complements the training philosophy of the Shively staff. Nearly all of UK’s Olympic sports teams train at Shively.
The primary focus of the facility is the development of core strength using ground-based, multi-joint lifting through use of the Olympic lifts. By incorporating this explosive style of lifting, athletes become more powerful, resulting in an increase in speed. The core of the athlete’s body also is trained and complemented with a variety of lifts, including squats, lunges, plyometrics, presses, pulls, trunk rotation and abdominal exercise. Through the combination of these exercises, the athletes are better able to reach their goals.
Joe Craft Center Weight Room
Every piece of equipment in the Joe Craft Center weight room is selected to train athletes to their fullest.
The 3,000-square foot Joe Craft Center weight room – under the direction of strength and conditioning coach Robert Harris – contains top-of-the-line equipment, such as Power Lift, Pit Shark, Vertimax, Iron Grip, Woodway and Hammer Strength, in addition to an AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill that enables athletes to train harder without putting extra stress on joints and muscles.
The weight room was recently renovated prior to the 2009-10 season with contributions from donors, including Jesse and Patricia Rice.
Every piece of weight room equipment in the Craft Center is customized for the length and height of the UK’s student-athletes.