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"Non-athletes" remain banned from Port Washington High School weight room

Updated on April 9, 2014

What is a non-athlete/athlete at PWHS

A "non-athlete" is a person who is not trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength. A "non-athlete" is also not a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill.

An Athlete is this....A person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill.

What a "non-athlete" is to the PWHS's staff member... Someone who is not paying to participate in a PWHS high school sport. Wouldn't a school want to promote healthy-fitness by not kicking-out people not involved in their high school sports from the fitness room?

A weightlifter CAN fall in the athlete category. A weightlifter is a person who trains in exercises involving stamina and strength. Wouldn't that mean that they should be allowed in the weightroom?

Why aren't they allowed?

If you talk from a staff member's point of view, they are not allowed because they are only a student at PWHS and did not pay to sign up for a sport at Port Washington High School. Another reason on top of this is a particular staff member believes the students are "doping" with steroids and other illegal performance enhancing methods. In reality, some of the weight-lifters are using "pre-workout" and "protein mixtures." Those two items are completely legal in the state of Wisconsin, as long as these lifters are not participating in a sport at PWHS they shouldn't worry about taking them. Also, the majority of student weightlifters that were banned were not consuming the food. Even if they were, those items also are not banned in the student handbook. So, could this new rule just be an over-extension of power by our school's staff and superiors?

What is the general student's opinion?

A general student at PWSSD's Port Washington High School would agree with this... We all are enlisted at Port Washington High School. Port Washington High School and that weight room are public property and we own it. We all if not most pay state taxes which directly transfers into paying for that school and staff. We all are students at Port Washington High School and should be allowed to go down to the weightroom and exercise by lifting weights, using the machines, or running. Shouldn't a school be promoting physical wellness, not condemning it? Can only letting certain kids exercise be a form of discrimination? Are these questions making your brain hurt?

Location of Port Washington High School

What do the students say?

Question: What do you have to say about administrators banning non-athletes from the weightroom?

Answer: August Battles - "i think its bullshit, i think that the this is one of the most obese states in the country, and we're not allowed to workout?, i don't think this is a step in the right direction."

Question: What are you going to do down and do after school today?

Answer: Anonymous 1 - I feel like, i just wanna go down there and explain myself. We all, you know dedicate ourselves to this school, we all sit here everyday all day, we all get the same treatment, I don't understand why 2 or 3 kids who aren't apparently athletic can't go down and workout for an hour."

Question: What is happening in the weightroom? Who got kicked out?

Answer: Anonymous 2 - "They are not letting non-athletes lift in the weightroom, which is stupid if you ask me." Journalist asks, "Who got kicked out?" Anon replies, "#@$^ and @#$^ were kicked out and $%&$#..."

Question: Are non-athletes allowed in the weightroom?

Answer: Basketball Player replied, "non athletes I don't think are allowed, I'm pretty sure there was a rule that was passed that says they can't go down to the weightroom." Journalist asks, "Do you agree?" Player replies, "I can see both sides of the argument." Player states that he is a football, basketball, and a tennis player.

Question: As a dedicated weightlifter, what is your take?

Answer: Skyler Sandlin replied, "I personally got my start in the school weight room, and now I am one of the few truly dedicated lifters in the school, there is really only me and 6 others that I am aware of, every single one of us got our starts in the school weight room, and out of us only two are 'athletes', every single person in this school should have the opportunity that we had, this can only be done if the weight room is open to all Port Washington High School students."


Do you agree with banning "non-athletes" from the weightroom?

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      Brent Saunders 

      4 years ago

      Brent Power B****

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      4 years ago

      This school is dumb af.. Forreal. Our parents all pay the taxes for school, and for all the stuff, and now their basically kicking people out of something our parents paid for us to do.

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      4 years ago

      I think it's pathetic that non athletes are banned from the weight room. Some people can't afford to workout at the Y, Anytime Fitness, or any fitness place because they can be expensive. So the weight room is one of their only options and it's convenient for Port students. I also think the coaches are being selfish to ban non athletes to workout down there. They used to encourage us to exercise, after school, down there, now they're banning us? Doesn't make any sense.

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      4 years ago

      I disagree with the football players using pre-workout. I have never seen a player regularly use pre-workout before their lift.

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      4 years ago

      I'd also like to point out that more of the football guys who lift use pre workout/protein shakes than the non-athletes who lifted there. I feel the football coaches are just being greedy and were tired of other people taking up space, and would ban kids who play other sports from lifting if they could.

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      Kyle Casasola 

      4 years ago

      No matter what, a student enrolled in PWHS should be able to go to the weight room. Athlete or not

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      Kris Masters 

      4 years ago

      Brandon...I hope you go into some sort of Journalism or Media! Hmmm...maybe politics even? Get ALL the facts and discuss! Great job! Keep it up! BTW..if this is true...I did not know that was happening at PWHS???

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      4 years ago

      This is the gayest thing I have ever read..


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