Opened: 1985 | Size: 23,736 sq. ft. | Specs: 85 separate training stations - 55,000 pounds of weights
Texas A&M operates what many consider to be the nation's top strength and conditioning facility - the Netum A. Steed Physiology Research and Conditioning Laboratory. The 23,736-square-foot facility houses one of the country's largest weight rooms and provides ample space for training athletes for collegiate competition.
The weight room has 85 separate training stations, 45,000 pounds of free weights and an additional 10,000 pounds of dumbbells. It has a marked 40-yard dash area and provides space and equipment for physical performance assessment, including measurement of body composition, strength, endurance, power, speed, agility, range of motion and cardiorespiratory function.
The Steed Laboratory also takes advantage of the "Aggie Power Stations," which were co-developed by Allen Kinley, Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic and Team Sports, and current Kansas City Chiefs head strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark. The modular training stations give the Aggies the ability to perform all varieties of Olympic lifts, jerks, squats, presses and pull-ups in one area.
The Aggies have also been aided by the formation of the Texas A&M Sports Science Institute, which is a joint effort of the departments of Athletics, Health and Kinesiology, Human Engineering and the A&M Medical and Veterinary Schools. The Institute helps keep Texas A&M on the cutting edge of physical performance training and allows the departments to conduct functional research that affect athletic performance.