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Erected in 1892 and 1893 through contributions from President Moffat and others who recognized the need for a suitable athletic facility, this stone building with a church-like exterior became the first W&J building to cater to the students' physical well-being. Prior to the construction of the Old Gym, students had rigged up their own version of a gymnasium under the grandstands at College Field. The Field is located at the corner of South Main Street at Park Avenue near the main campus.
The Old Gym was transformed into a new fitness and wellness center in the summer of 2002. The center features an assortment of cardiovascular equipment, strength-training machines, and free weights. State-of-the-art fitness equipment include elliptical trainers designed as the modern version of the Stairmaster, recumbent bicycles that offer various seating positions to maximize workouts, and cardiovascular equipment with cardiotheatres that have television screens built into each unit.
The upper level walking track has also been restored. Presently, the lower level has classroom space and faculty offices. The center, which was made possible by a lead gift from John and Janet Swanson, was designed to provide the entire W&J community with access to a modern fitness facility.
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