Crummy High School Gym Gets World Class Makeover | Anderson Prep Academy

alright ok let's go let's get started tick-tock time is money get warmed up your warmup sets do not count as work sets do not lie to me do not lie to yourself most night does not do a work set with 1:35 that does not happen I was never really you know a world-class athlete by any stretch of the imagination I was a lot smaller than some of the kids my age and as such you know one of the formative experiences my freshman year in high school the end of the season the coach had you know pulled five or six of us aside to invite us not to participate anymore because we were too small and he feared for our safety remember we only got 40 minutes to try to get all this in looks like a log is going to be open don't be afraid to do the fun stuff first and that was kind of my I guess indoctrination into the idea that you know I could maybe change my degree of physicality you know by working in the weight room and it made a big difference come on out big boy speak for sport oh well now we begin to discover that the harder you work the more successful you are oh all right the fact with that to God God Hey note to self have your next time alright wait am I like most of the guys that I know in weight training started as high school athletes every single student has you know made huge gains being in there we definitely try that we try to push them in that direction and we always talk about you know it's it doesn't matter what kind of facilities we have we're still going to Train for us to remodel the weight room those kind of funds really don't exist not in a school like ours just because the amount of funding that we get not very much of it usually goes towards the facilities here you go to polythene wrap for their powerful rest I mean I was in Iraq you know working out with sandbags and you know cement and folders cans and stuff like that I'm going to make it work you know even though our facilities are kind of kind of downtrodden compared to the teams that we play and things like that we're still going to have success and you know failures not an option my vision for many many years thirty years perhaps had been to create a school with structured discipline top academics and functions in that environment the airforce core values are an important part of the school's identity certainly excellence in all we do on the service before self and integrity first all of our students the entire school R&J writing they already in the form and they wear the Air Force uniform twice a week most units may only wear it one day per week and that's a vehicle but it gives them the tools of how to dress for success responsibility trust honor all of those factors that come with it one of my biggest words among my favorite words describing our kids is empowered when you see them put on their uniforms for the first time it's literally five inches taller and they have that puffed out chest and that I'm proud of something I belong somewhere I mean kids come here because they want something more they come here because they want to go to college and when you're successful life I think the school changes everybody a little bit having the discipline aspect of it and the structure it gives everybody a little bit more respect for authority and it kind of matures everybody a little bit more Anderson County Schools didn't quite have the same thing that we were looking for the teachers here did seem like they cared a little bit more and we could just get more out of it academically and that's something you know when Bob created our school was having the safe structured disciplined learning environment so that every kid can learn since this is a college preparatory institution much of it is his labs and it is science but when they come down here or many times they get the opportunity to get out of their seat whether we're doing rocket building whether we're doing you know remote control aircraft stuff whether we're flying the drone we have kids that will come here for four years and say you know there's no way I'm going in the military and then after graduation they said you know you're my favorite class all four years that I was there and you know on some level you have to think that you know you're making a difference for decades this community revolved around a huge influence of General Motors Corporation in the nineties General Motors began to cut back and they would close this Factory in that factory and leave us all ladies around 2000 or so it really became serious factories closed General Motors pulled out and when that happened it was like an implosion it's just the bottom fell out you know we always pay you know powerful lip service I mean to our connection to the kids and you know how much you know of our time and effort that we will invest in them and that we believe in them and I will do whatever we can to help them succeed you know the physical aspects of that sometimes don't manifest themselves in the charter school world public charter schools in the state of Indiana get done to very little capital projects money from the state as other public school district schools that said to put together a state-of-the-art fitness facility when you have HVAC systems that are on the plane this priority of one struggle is with our athletics we are generally very undersized and you take a look at our basketball team you take a look at our football teams many parents will say we look like a middle school squad out there based on that the importance of the strength and conditioning piece is even more important and we don't have the luxury of guys playing one way so not only do they have to try to compete at the level of their peers but they have to try to condition themselves above and beyond what their peers are doing out there if we truly ever want to compete or be really really successful as far as the weight facility goes it's definitely just kind of thrown together but I mean we work with what we have I was trying to set up before and after school weight training trying to get a curriculum develop to do it during the day and a lot of the students were like well why would I come here and work out you don't have any good equipment here you know I can't get stronger you know using this or using that I'm like well sure you can I mean that that's not true and now one of the questions they would say so so you work out here to majored arm and I did I worked out in a commercial place out of town and and I guess it kind of delivered the message to me that if I was going to try to be a Salesman for what we had here and whether or not it was successful whether or not it worked that I had to be our number one customer too so at that point I terminated my gym membership out in town and then started training here at the facility he will get up here at 4 o'clock in the morning and make do just like we do here and he still has the results that he has now so it's just it's just great to see that you know he's he's a role model for us you know showing us that it can be done he's a great example of hard work you know of just coming in here no matter what it was I mean finding every single way to work out or just coming in here and doing what he had to do you know the force painting other guys want to be as big as nature dormant so they look up to him and let me see him and that's like the reason they go on the weight room to like achieve the goal of being as big as major I didn't think there's any way we were going to get this remodel this isn't the first thing that we've applied forward first grant we've applied for so I try so I thought I'd you know try my luck and Lord and behold it worked out so hey what's up my name is John mummer I'm the special education director APA is a public charter military school by the end of this video I think you'll see that we're in Jurassic need of an overhaul of our outdated facilities the lift life foundation is a non-profit foundation and our mission is to find underfunded high school weight rooms across the country go in and basically bring these weight rooms back to life after seeing their submission video it was very apparent that their waiver was in complete disrepair and they could seriously use our help we could see from the videos in the submission the passion that major doorman and Jonathan plumber have for their school they did way more than what anybody would have expected them to do with the equipment that they had we've recycled old kegs look at that was salt I mean with sand and water in order to make that like you know imbalance loading I think that set them apart in that sense of their school was really hard working and deserved it hey hey local board they kept dorms nice nice turn until ago John moment nice to meet you as soon as we got in there the staff itself they were just excited that this got picked up and their gym was going to get a makeover when I wrote the news of the players I like about gearing up man yeah I still go I still do a little bit just just you know it's so exciting man they were in disbelief for about the first hour and a half at the team was there and a lot of that too I think was not knowing what to expect the mandersohn wait room we walked in with a really rough shape top facility right here it consisted of just this room in that room oh cool we had the walls for now it was a disaster to put it bluntly I guess the room was definitely a little different than the sketch there was some walls that were kind of sticking out that we didn't expect so whenever we were kind of seeing a sketch he kind of getting an idea of the flow of something this or obstacles are in the weighted ab so you have affect our initial vision so we walked in first thing we both were thinking was this I don't work it's just shocking to me that these places still exist in the modern day school some of the ceiling tiles were busted and fallen off conduits that had been abandoned we're all over the place old outlets just so many hazards if when you walk around that room anywhere you went there was some a possibility to get hurt the thing that stands out to me is the flooring I mean this looks like classroom or cafeteria style like highly you don't have any traction you see the kids doing this you know they're slipping they can't really explode from dr. dot they can't get the maximum explosive yesterday yeah and it seemed like it was just kind of a packed work of you know newer equipment here older equipment there they had like old horse stall mats we're really excited to get this cable machine here but then we realized there's no place in the gap at the cable machine I've never been able to the equipment's come from anywhere we can find it some of its man-made you know handmade we may be here others have been Juno stuff that we found donations from family members and faculty that just don't use anymore and just bring it in we kind of polish it up and try to use it the best that we can anything that they can turn into a strength exercise they will it was neat to see that they were resourceful they had to make pieces homemade and that's impressive this is kind of a conglomeration of all the other stuff we have like I said we do like a lot of odd object stuff we have several tires like this that are actually kind of there they're basically like industrial-strength sandbags because they they don't leak as much as the sandbags that you buy and just like whack the end off one from fill it up zip tie it up and the bladders will break your bumper plates we have yes four we have four we have uh we knew after we spent about five ten minutes in that waiting room that this was going to be our most challenging weight room yet we kind of like to get together as a group kind of digest everything that you guys have given us kind of at this point we're going to take you guys out and kind of talk a little bit more about it so again we appreciate your guys's time so yeah thank you cool hey no problem the gyms in rough shape each room requires more work from the other so the thing is we're going to be able to create a really cool it's almost like three different atmospheres we're going to help cater to each individual athlete whatever their sport is they're going to be able to train in this gym and be very successful unfunctional so we can put a little strip of turf all the way down this backside that's one thought that's the first thought but after kind of be in here if this whole room was open that would be the way to go it might be best with these walls currently to have it more of an agility and auxilary in that free weight room when you're getting a call from a coach typically it's the football coach kind of heading the other sports get to use the football wave room but they're not actually as important so to say and it was actually kind of cool today to hear that it's not football there's actually more students here that just like to come in here and train so after our first assessment trip you know we came back we had a ton of ideas running through our head and we knew had a really big space a unique space when we first get there I start to take notes and kind of just see like what the biggest areas I guess would be that I can place kind of a major like element of the gym so that far back wall we knew that we were going to probably have platforms on the side so I thought that would be a really good area for kind of a big major piece and then we'll have this leaderboard here do we have anything for that I do I have some samples to show me tonight of in regards to that goes I can't give enough thanks to c3 Mary Johnson and John over at catapult Mary had become extremely passionate about lyft life and what we do she never knows what she's going to get when she gets involved with us so it's very refreshing to have her professionalism into eager attitude the graphics first off grats it's really really good this was gonna be a home run they're excited about it we got in there about a week earlier than almost everybody else we decided to do two separate types of flooring in the first room we did a you know this is the first time we had turf in one of our weight rooms it turned out looking phenomenal you know when we add the flooring installed when we went to close the doors all the doors are too long and they won't close ready to pull all the doors off in the space and cut all the bottom of the door to accept the new flooring because we ready to the floor three quarters of an inch we demoed – the closets mounted a bunch of shelves made those more functional we didn't have any room for error the flooring had to be completed by Sunday because vinyl and the mirrors were to be installed Monday morning and the equipment was to show up Tuesday so I couldn't install the equipment until the mirrors were in and I couldn't do the mirrors I told the flooring was done so if one of those would have got out of order for us it would have been a big deal thanks for joining us you just wanted to assemble the lift like rear real quick you will have a to do with to-do list on the on the board will assign people to certain tasks once you finish that task go ahead and Mark it off the board but so we're going to kind of split up the team and make sure that you know everybody kind of gets the circle around an outcome that whole experience alright with that said look good try the calamari we're in a high school we have a live it lift left on three well it's eerie look at that the school actually informed us that testing for the students were going on at the same time when we were trying to bring all the equipment in which is like our loudest point in the process and so we put some paper over the windows and Jim actually disconnected the backup beeper of the forklift so wasn't making a lot of sound and we try to keep everybody very quiet while we were bringing in this huge equipment you know lifting all this the waste so we're running about seven trailers on this project announced and the products coming from all across America and as I say it's made to order so we're constantly on the phone to manufacturing companies to get ready dates as soon as that's ready for arranging the time that has to be here all together we're unloading probably 130,000 pounds of equipment today all by hand I mean the great thing is is we are able to you know fork this stuff kind up to the door so we're working through it's just going to be a day what's that measurement and that for this point will fit is it or easy no we have a single door access so we're having to disassemble some pieces beyond to get it to the door coming in first and then we're going to have to so we don't have to tip it on its side go this in first and in turn as we come in and then we're trying not to logistically be on top of other people while they're working so the mirrors just got done so we there's certain areas we can't set up yet because they're waiting to get completed like where I would say overall were on schedule if not the head of city obviously with the military focus of the school we wanted to make something that paid tribute to America and pay tribute to the fact that they raised these kids on these good values so we wanted to have obviously not like in America seems at weight-room we want it to be Anderson prep Jets but I feel like we went over every single wall and every like piece of real estate that we could think of we didn't want to over crowd the gym with too much stuff going on you know we want your eye to follow kind of as it went through to the back I just like yeah we worked so hard to put it all together and then we get here and everyone's here and it's like it comes to life and it's like in the flesh and we get to see it and it just makes the space to come alive and one of our favorite parts of it was a three jet when we got there actually we put them up on the window and when the Sun would come down it like 10:00 o'clock it was cast just like amazing shadow down on the ground of these three jets and it looked like they were in the air so there's all the fun stuff that we didn't really knew was possible until we got there we decided to do this stainless steel you know cap basically to highlight the breezeways in between each one of these rooms where they were cut out the way that those were cut out and framed with the El metal was not really set up in any way to be finished when we called mo fab over to do the measurements of the metal they were one they totally we couldn't do it to he told me that it was going to be two weeks before he could get the metal bent three he just didn't have a lot of faith in what we were trying to do I begged him and pleaded with him that I relived I really need to get this metal we opened this thing Thursday and this was on a Monday he called me back later that afternoon said hey I'll have your metal done tonight and I went to pick it up actually in a chevy cruze but i think at that point you realize how serious we were about our project and our timeline and they actually delivered it for us at 6 o'clock today's the final day before the reveal it is crunch mode and so we're a little stressed because there's a lot more to be done than really meets the eye kind of up against the gun in the sense that the reveal is first thing in the morning I mean we start at 7:45 a.m. but you know we're going to get everything we need to get done in the weight room today so when we arrive first in the morning we're we're not stressed out and we're ready to go this ribbon-cutting was unique from any other school we've done you know the assembly is standing room only with all the cadets in their military uniforms you know that doesn't happen in many other high schools and so for us standing up there being able to kind of have a peek and be a part of that was pretty powerful in itself that morning I was just so excited to be like I wonder you know what major Dorman will think I wonder what the different kids in the classes will think what the girls will think what the little kids will think and just like how we're going to impact their lives and more kids lines to come in the future [Applause] good morning Anderson prep sure you've all been curious about what's been taking place in your weight room the last few weeks and today the day that you'll find out this renovation was a huge undertaking and it took four months of planning and two weeks of hard work for the lift life crew and all of our amazing partners to complete this was a labor of love and we couldn't be happier with how has turned out so thank you once again to everyone involved your support and hard work is greatly appreciated [Applause] at this time this is a bit of a surprise that I would like to invite Coach mummer and major Dorman up to the stage please if you can break away we're going to conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new weight room and you know [Applause] all right here we go you without sleds – brother I'm here at our old battle now David at the class different cake or the great oh my god it's been asking five when the door finally opens and people start to flow through and you see the reactions and the just overwhelming excitement like that's really at that point in time where we can take a big sigh of relief and all that pressures off our shoulders but it's a tremendous amount of excitement for us you know just to sit back and see all the work that has been put into the project and see how everyone at APA is responding to it it's just an incredible feeling it's really hard to describe quite honestly but it makes all those long hours worth it I think it's a state of the art all better than we could have expected ten times it couldn't have been any better he felt better than I thought they could possibly get there's equipment in here that I've never even never even seen before you know and I have to work an out called like 13 I'm kind of speechless this is me I just absolutely amazed is this rivals you fitness centers I mean it's just you know I don't know of a school this size especially that could even come close it's so much more than around which is absolutely possibly I know how some people there's like 60 a group it's this ready kid this is a massive life changer the gratitude everything goes inside Angele my business and for us the best part of being an education is getting distinct potential and when you can realize their potential and seeing their faces walking in right now knowing that they just found a whole new level potential and purpose I will say my favorite part is via craft making over there should be a charge free with everything our kids throw away I guess they don't really have too many worked in drinking fountains in the school and we were standing in the turf room in the first comment from 95% of all the kids were oh my goodness look at that water fountain and it was actually referred to as liquid gold a couple times our president told us he said if I didn't own a water fountain was going to be such a big deal we deprive her from of this size are getting drawn everywhere I can't I can't like focus I'm having like one of those you know data overwhelmed moments here is just inundated with everything this is tremendous as I mentioned someone this facility rivals colleges for our students and this school is community to have this facility is just beyond expectation what has occurred here with this project again reflects a positivity to the community that you know there are entities in this city such as a PA an innocent parrot or cavity that has a vested interest in the welfare the well-being of students and families and this is proof don't be standing around look at stuff having conversations while you're sitting on the equipment this is not a couch this is not a bed this is not a Shea's lounge get on there get your business done and talk when you're done good effort for me I hope the students of Anderson prep have a brighter future because of the weight room that they realize the impact of this has on their lives and that it can set them up for success with not only health and fitness but all of their goals and aspirations what I'm going to take away from the Anderson project is we left it a better place than you know when you copped it this is something that is brand-new space with the new beginning they can they can get in there it can be a community kind of rallying point at something where you know we take care of this stuff and pay I feel like this gives them the right tools to do that and for years to come I hope it gives all those students at the school a tool to really take advantage of it's so rewarding every project is different and it means something different to everybody and that right there it's like that's why we do it like that's why we change lives pretty good oh yeah precise the limit if you either told me a year ago a year and a half ago that we would have a foundation and we would be able to help change lives I probably would have scoffed at you a little bit higher and on your exchange but through hard work and dedication I think you can do anything and now that would be what my words of advice to them is don't give up into building [Applause] all right you left here jump honking now that is made out of wood I just wrapped that thing in barbed wire huh how about that good stuff


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  2. Damn atleast these kids workout in a building, my school has a gym where half of it is in a tent

  3. With an old school Universal gym in my old high school, we'd have been in heaven to have their old equipment. I hope these kids realize how fortunate they are and what a good thing these folks have done for them…great job Lift Life.

  4. My high schools weight room is a squat rack, a bench press, and a dip bar with a bunch of weights out in the middle of a grass field

  5. Their weight room in its crummy stage is better than the weight room at my school

  6. My school gym is worst btw😅

  7. The gym has everything you would need to build muscle and get strong. So there isnt a need to get the gym a makeover.

  8. Bruh apa ain’t even bad like tf I been goin here an it ain’t bad

  9. I don’t see her going back in there again

  10. 24:10 . thank me later

  11. Wait, they have a gym in high school?

  12. Deym nice job, but i preffer a dirtier simple gym hahaha

  13. That Graphic Designer is beautifullllll😅

  14. He trained so hard he lost all of his hair

  15. pimp my gym

  16. thats my gym

  17. Respect 😎 salute to your work 👍🏻

  18. My school doesn’t even have a gym

  19. My school doesn't even have a gym, cause students will be hitting each other with 5lb

  20. What team was that for at the beginning??

  21. Trump??

  22. Okay so I’m not an emotional person but this make me overwhelming happy!

  23. my school is doing a power lift to raise money to redo my school and if anyone is interested in donating leave me your email and my school will send a link to you about it all it a real thing aynor high school South Caroline each person has a goal to raise $250 each and it would mean the world to me and all the student if you donate thanks God bless

  24. way to go! you turned a 5 min video into a 30 min one. Tryign to act like yall are doing good just because. IN all actuality yall have a double agenda.

  25. Their form is so trash smh

  26. It's not about the equipment you use, its about how you use it.

  27. Now, this woman have a chance to lose whole lotta weights!

  28. I mean at least it's indoors. My school's gym is outdoors

    But I am happy for them

  29. Wow I feel so bad that they have a “crummy” gym. Come to my schools…

  30. 25:50 donald trump?

  31. Could you make over my secondary school gym please

  32. Come on… i don’t even have a gym in my school.

  33. My school gym has been the same since 1980's…

  34. high school gym??!?!?! I didnt even have a gym in my school

  35. Smh you think that crap look at my high school weight room in Avon Park FL🤦🏽‍♂️

  36. Crummy? Lmao i wonder what my high school gym is. God damn

  37. My schools weight room is smaller and older and dirtier

  38. This made me laugh out loud. It's a Prep Academy, the gym is "crummy" (according to them) because they want it that way or don't place much importance in it cuz 2 to 3 students fees can afford it easily.

  39. This school is right down the street from me, and they still cheeks

  40. I love leaders who see beyond their students and believe that one day they will become someone in life. Leaders that turn plans into reality. Leaders that care. 👍🏽

  41. That looks just like my locker room lol

  42. A gym is a gym…who gives a shit what it looks like.

  43. Dude I watched this so high bruh. This shit was amazing! Bro anyone got some cereal?

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