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Johnson Fitness Center

Get fit. Get awesome. And have fun.

Whether training for athletic competition, going to a fitness class, or just staying in shape, the Johnson Fitness Center is the place to be.

To meet the growing fitness demands of the entire Washington College community—students, faculty, staff and members of The 1782 Society who opt to use the facility—we renovated and expanded the existing Strength and Conditioning Center in the winter of 2013. The new center is located at the southernmost part of the JFC. 

The JFC is a comprehensive exercise facility that includes an indoor field house with 4 tennis courts, 200 meter indoor track, 3 basketball courts,  and a batting cage. Just outside the field house the JFC houses 2 racquetball and 2 squash courts, a 1200 sq. ft. dance studio, locker rooms, and a state of the art Strength and Conditioning Center. 

Schedules and information may be obtained by calling 410-778-7256 or by email at campus_recreation@washcoll.edu. Reservations for the courts can be made at the front desk of the JFC. 


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    The Grand Reopening of the Johnson Fitness Center packed brought scores of guests to celebrate the expansion of the space.
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    As the Johnson Fitness Center renovation reaches completion, students and staff share their gratitude to the alumni and friends who made the update possible.
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    Follow the evolution of fitness at Washington College leading to the 2013 expansion of the Johnson Fitness Center.

In the Elm

Big Strides for Renovated Johnson Fitness Center 

In photos

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    The Washington College community danced the night away at the annual George Washington’s Birthday Ball.
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    Even in the off-season, Washington College athletes are training hard.

    On a recent Wednesday morning, we caught members of the field hockey team and the men’s soccer team going through their paces in the newly renovated Johnson Fitness Center. By training in the off-season, athletes build strength, endurance and agility that promises to make them formidable opponents on the playing field.
     “We are very fortunate to have a full-time strength and conditioning staff dedicated to developing our athletes,” said Roy Dunshee, head coach for men’s soccer. Rachel Boyle, head coach for field hockey, concurs. “ Now we have a state- o-the-art facility that matches our trainers’ cutting-edge knowledge.”
    For her athletes, off-season training “provides a forum where team bonding occurs, where perseverance is taught, and where a sense of accomplishment can be attained. This level of training brings us closer to reaching our goals for a 2013 championship season.”
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    More than 400 student-athletes, donors, members of the board, faculty, and staff crowded into the newly renovated facility Friday afternoon to celebrate the reopening of the Johnson Fitness Center and dedicate the Davenport Cardio Gallery.

    President Mitchell Reiss, College Trustee Benjamin Johnson, Parents Council member Mike Cameron, Director of Athletics Bryan Matthews, and student-athlete Kate Duggan ’15 offered remarks.

    Photos by Katie Kaestner ’13 and Shane Brill ’03.
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    Over the past seven months, the Johnson Fitness Center has undergone a $2 million renovation and expansion that more than doubles the space devoted to weight training, core strength conditioning, and cardiovascular exercise. The field house has been retrofitted with more energy-efficient insulation and lighting. And the College has invested $100,000 in new equipment.
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    Students, faculty, staff, and alumni have followed the renovation of the Johnson Fitness Center  from Summer to Winter 2012.

    Press Release
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    ** JFC Renovation Committee **

    Co-Chairs: John A. Moag, Jr. ‘77, Edward P. Nordberg, Jr. ‘82
    Honorary Co-Chairs: Peter D. Davenport, Benjamin H. Johnson, William B. Johnson ‘40, H’75
    Members:Michael J. Cameron P’12 ‘14, Norris W. Commodore, Jr. ‘73, Susan T. Denton ‘69, L. Myrton Gaines ‘78, Robert J. Hughes P’15, Eleanor Shriver Magee ‘93, Barbara G. Mattox P’14, John H. Timken ‘03, Gregory P. Tomasso ‘98, Deborah Moxley Turner ‘77, John T. Warrington III ‘85 P’16
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    The Washington College community joined the fight against cancer in the Johnson Fitness Center with the second Relay for Life event to be held on campus.
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    Casey Time is an annual event meant to celebrate the legacy of Eugene B. Casey and honor his contributions to the College. It is a way for students to remember his name and give back to the campus. This year, students helped beautify campus by oiling the teak benches on campus.
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    Playfair took place in the JFC due to the impending storm outside, and those participating included first-year and international students who remained on campus, while others returned home in preparation for Hurricane Irene.
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    30 women donated their hair. Cuts were done by Chestertown salon and spa, Cottage Cuts.
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    “Cancer never sleeps, so neither do we.”
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    The Washington College community joined the fight against cancer in the Johnson Fitness Center with the first Relay for Life event to be held on campus.