Christmas Gift of Fitness for Crusaders

Strength Center Transformation Underway
Posted on 12/14/2020
It’s a Christmas gift of strength and fitness for students at Bishop Heelan High students using the PRIDE Performance Center in the CYO.

The center now offers seven double-sided racks that create 14 strength stations to better meet the needs of students working out for class, sports or personal fitness.

The racks are designed, manufactured and donated by Masaba, a business owned by Jerad Higman, a parent with three children in the Heelan School System. 

The racks provide students with improved equipment and a dedicated space to perform cleans, squat, bench press and more. A focal point in the room is the “Crusader bridge” with upper cross bars to build strength and agility.

With the new racks, students can complete their entire prescribed workout in one place rather than moving around the room to different areas as they have in the past, according to Charlie Curran, center director. Students can obtain a better and safer workout in the time they have for class or lifting.

Older equipment offered fewer stations and was spread throughout the center, requiring students to constantly move about the room to lift in different areas, Curran says.

Higman, a native of Akron, Iowa and a mechanical engineer, is a former University of Nebraska outside linebacker who played on the 1994 national championship team under Tom Osborne. 
 
“I’ve always been involved in fitness and strength and my wife is a personal trainer,” Higman says. “I believe a strong body is the foundation for your mind and spirit. A strength and fitness center offers the complete trifecta of body, mind and spirit at Heelan.” 

Higman’s firm, Masaba, manufacturers conveyor and crushing equipment for the mining, construction and other uses. His rack system is offered as Masaba “Tough Gear.”

“I’ve been wanting to get into this type of equipment and want to help Heelan get back to building championship teams,” he adds.

Heelan students use the center for athletic conditioning, exercise science classes, dance and show choir conditioning and general fitness. The Pride Performance Center is open all year.

New benches, barbells and 10,000 lbs. of new rubber plates to replace the current weights are on order and more improvements are planned.

 We want kids to invest time to make them the best they can be,” Higman says. “If they can be proud of this facility, they will spend more time on strength and fitness.”

“This is an amazing upgrade to benefit our students,” says BHCS President Dr. John Flanery.
Heelan parents like Jerad and Peggy Higman are true Crusaders. We are a better school system because of their vision and generosity.”
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