October 19, 2009

Horlick unveils new fitness center and challenge

Horlick High School will unveil a new fitness center for students and faculty on Thursday, thanks to donations of $140,000 worth of equipment from two companies.

Connor Sports Flooring donated 7,000 sq. ft. of SportRoll flooring while Life Fitness provided high-tech strength equipment, including Hammer Strength and state-of-the-art cardio machines. Treadmills, exercise bikes and elliptical cross-trainers, feature iPod compatibility and USB connectivity to track workout information, a virtual trainer and workout landscape perspectives.

The donation is an extension of Life Fitness' Take the Pledge program which encourages educators and children to commit to aerobic activity. Horlick High School is the sixth recipient of the company's outreach, and the first in Wisconsin. Over the last few months, an extensive makeover was completed in the school's old gym.

The school will also receive a 10-week fitness challenge for students and faculty. The fitness program encourages students to participate in, and commit to, aerobic activity, with clearly outlined daily recommended exercises and nutrition tips, promoting progression and success. At Thursday's unveiling, Life Fitness will kick-off the challenge by leading exercise drills for more than 35 students.

Life Fitness, which distributes its equipment in more than 120 countries, is headquartered outside Chicago, in Schiller Park, IL; it's a division of Brunswick Corporation. Connor Sport Court International claims that more athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world; the company was founded in 1872.


  1. Just wondering what the reason is that they donated it only to Horlick and not to the other two "big" high schools. Seems everyone could use such a facility.

  2. Nothing is ever free. I would like to know what the rest of the deal is. How much Unified, and most importantly taxpayers, going to have to pay to maintain this equipment? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

  3. Michael Kroes10/20/2009 6:42 PM

    Congratulations to Horlick for being the recipient of these donations. Thanks to the companies for being so generous.

  4. piss and moan, moan and piss - take a good thing and make it negative - thanks for blogging.

    I'm glad that the students at Horlick will have access to a facility like this!

  5. Anon 7:17 - GET OVER IT! Your school didn't get chosen, too bad so sad.

    Why wouldn't they give the equipment to the best High School (in Unified that is)??

  6. There is no "best" school in RUSD. There is a mediocre one at best.

  7. That is really a good thing. This sort of generosity is stunning.

    I happen to know Park H.S. theater needs their stage refinished. The performers pull slivers of wood out of their feet. It is really bad off. They still pull off the most amazing performances. Someone has to have a floor sander or some such equipment that could help them do it more safely.

  8. Someone at Horlich had the foresight to apply for and pursue this. That's great. Other schools should follow Horlich's example on this one. Way to go!

  9. 12:17 - You must be a product of RUSD - Horlick