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School of Medicine opens outdoor workout facility

Members of the School of Medicine community can now do a reps on TRX equipment between meetings, shoot hoops at lunch or participate in fitness classes after work at the medical school's recently opened outdoor fitness facility.

Last Thursday, a crowd of 200 gathered at the new School of Medicine Sports Complex to test out the equipment and join in the ceremonial cutting of basketball nets. My colleague Margarita Gallardo covered the event and offers more details about the facility in an Inside Stanford Medicine story:

Just a few months ago, the complex was nothing but a dirt lot that served as the staging area for the Lokey Building. Now the area, the first of its kind at the medical school, is equipped with a full basketball court with a Nike Grind surface, Kompan outdoor exercise equipment, a TRX frame, benches and a water fountain. For those who want to play volleyball, the court is lined so that players can bring their own portable net and ball.


Niraj Dangoria, associate dean for facilities planning and management, said the sports complex epitomizes all that the School of Medicine is about. "We talk so much about striking the balance between work and life, and promoting health and fitness. What better way to show that, even with the limited real estate on campus, we can create a space with so much value that brings people together."

The workout facility is located between the Lorry I. Lokey Stem Cell Research Building and the Medical School Office Building and directly on top of the school's new loading dock. Check the Stanford's Health Improvement Program site for more information about fitness classes, including boot camp and other types of activities suited for outdoors.

Photo by Norbert von der Groeben

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