When the 2013/2014 school year kicks off, faculty and students at Cardozo Educational Campus will enjoy newly renovated classrooms, gymnasiums, and athletic fields. Ms. Emma Brown of the Washington Post said, “Gone is the crumbling interior, with dingy halls and windows that were stuck shut. Teachers hope that the new building, with its broad corridors, central staircase and skylights, will inspire students.” Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Cardozo began its facelift in 2011 after receiving a large grant under the DC Education Reform Act of 2007. While keeping the charm of the original architecture intact, much of the school was caught up with modern times, including its new fitness and athletic training center.
A two-part design, Cardozo aimed to offer students and faculty a combination cardio/motion studio, along with a separate strength training facility. Unsure of where to begin, officials teamed up with Heartline Fitness’s Regional Sales Manager, Jason Malecki, to develop an ideal equipment list and layout. Jason quickly delivered, and a plan was set in motion. Phase one, installation of a full line of Life Fitness Integrity Series Cardio. Familiar, and trusted in 1000s of facilities across the globe, the Integrity Series offers an easy to use, intuitive console while providing users with a multitude of workout options. Workouts that automatically adjust the incline level and keep users in their target heart rate zone, while also including 5K and 10K Run, goal-based workouts and Gerkin, Fit Test and Military PRT/PFT fitness protocols. With the cardio room complete, attention turned to the strength facility, which would include a complete circuit of Life Fitness Pro2 and Optima Series Selectorized Strength, along with Hammer Strength HD Elite racks. Simple yet powerful, the Pro2 and Optima Series line is easy enough for any novice to use, yet powerful enough to stand up to your more experienced lifter. Complemented with the HD Elite rack systems, coaches and trainers have everything they need to achieve a unique and tough training environment. To round out the room, an array of dumbbells, weight plates, and various Olympic lifting bars were installed. With installation complete, students and faculty have all the options they need for an exceptional and flexible training regime.