A Weight Room Fitting for the Hurricanes

Gus Felder joined the University of Miami in January, 2016. Less than one year later, the director of strength and conditioning oversaw a major overhaul of the Hecht Center weight room.

Office view of the weight room

The Hurricanes installed 20 Hammer Strength HD Elite Combo Half Racks, a variety of plate-loaded equipment and Hammer Strength custom dumbbells, weight plates and bumpers.

I look at Hammer Strength with a sense of loyalty.

Gus Felder, University of Miami, Director of Strength and Conditioning

Gus Felder, University of Miami

Felder’s choice of Hammer Strength wasn’t a surprise considering his long history with the performance strength training equipment.

“We used Hammer Strength equipment at Penn State University when I was a student-athlete,” said Felder. “The first room I put together at Cheyney University was a Hammer Strength deal. I look at Hammer Strength with a sense of loyalty. Hammer Strength communicated well. The equipment arrived on time, and some of it arrived before hand, which is awesome. The whole process was an awesome experience. The relationships they have, being as large as they are now, they still make it a personal relationship when dealing with coaches.”

  • Weight plates on HD Elite Racks
  • Custom name plate
  • Customized weight plates and dumbbells
  • Hammer Strength Select
  • Ground Base Jammers

The result of the upgrade is an impressive facility that is fitting for a traditional college football powerhouse.

“The process (of building a weight room) was pretty simple. You make a plan, you go after what you want, and you know what you want, added Felder. You make phone calls and make it happen. It sounds easy, but (it’s about) not just making it important to you but important to the administrators and coaches to come up with the funds you need to put together a room like this.”