MUSCLE IS CAREFULLY CULTIVATED AS WELL AS MORALS AT THIS YOUNG MEN'S CLUBHOUSE.
THE GYMNASIUM AT THE YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (CENTRAL BRANCH), BROOKLYN.
FOR PHYSICAL WELLBEING.
FACII.ITIKS FOR PROMOTING HEALTH
AND SECURING RECRKATION AT
BRO( KLTN V. M C. A.
One of the d ■ / the work
of the Brooklyn foung Men's Christian As
sociation Is the admirable gymnasium whl h
forn ■ a pan of thi central building at Bond
and Kulton Bts. When the funds wen
>1,1. ! from the large estate <>T Frederick Mur
qu; i l for the constrm tion ol • . a 1
the time regarded as the best equipped In
*)!•■ country, it was wisely decided t.. do as
much fur physical wellbelng as for moral and
bp ' ' lal welfare. The maxims ,>r the gospel of
I "A sound mind In a sound !;<• ly." and
i- next to godliness," were borne
I as well as the Decalogue and the Golden
ecure the desired <-ri.i the fund provided by
th< trustees of the Marquand estate, which with
thi irnount raised for endowment reached neur
' a million dollars, u;ts expended so a t,.
lequate room for the fine gymnasium hall
with its accompanying swimming tanks and
i!.. lt baths and the other needed accessories.
tins*- facilities \\.-r<- deemed ample six
te< n years at;,i, the capacity of the gymnasium
now equal t«. the demands upon it. and
i.< re it not thai Ihi bram hes also pro\ id ■ for
il 1.v.-:, ise ;tn<! recreation the need fen
» .'iit would be imperative. As it is some
■NEW-YOKK TIUBUSE ILLUSTIiATKD SIIPPI-EMENT.
Till: BOWLING AI.I.KV.
" the evening classes nil every foot of room In
the gymnasium hall, and there has to be a wait
ing list of applicants. Men of all ages make
use of th. facilities of the gymnasium.
The Young Men's Christian Association gym
nasium occupies an almost separate building
"' m the main structure, with a frontage of
sixty ft .t in Hanover Place, but th- exte
rior is seldom .«-.•. ;i 1.; members, as ;>:i enter
the gymnasium from the ..Hi, ,-s of the cen
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tral building and gain admittance to the floor
by passing through the locker and dressing
room* There is a gallery at one end to
which spectators ■f the performances en the
floor are idmitted f : -.,::i ti u - class room portion
of Hi- edifice. The gymnasium tloor is In*, [. - ,
feet, and the ceiling is 2-1 feet high. Hl;;ht ftet
above the Hour is the running track of twenty
two laps to the mile. All the apparatus that can
be used effectively is provided, and there
: swi.mmim; tank.
is a handball court ar.d a basketball fit;
Most of the work done ts class work, tfc~
evenings a week beir.s; devoted to gecer
classes, while special classes meet in the a?.e:
neons. A busy scene is presented whea tis
floor is filled with athk-t-.-s entrair-J in varioti
forms of the development of muscle and ti!
p re motion of health. Here a minister cmy le
seen taking a preliminary warming uj> os ti;
running: track, there a physician is at w::s
with chest weights; in one part of the floe:;
group is discussing the next game of b^k:
ball, in another there is a heavyweight setic:
"to reduce his excessive avuirdu:->is of cci:, T
300 pounds, and near by a slender youti i
duin^ his best t" increase his weight a;d
out his lank frame. As most of the cite:*."!
are a lively engaged ia business hours. £3
find th- ;r only opportunity to enjoy and p:-£
by the privileged of th" gymsasium in -
evening: hence the congestion in the Hours *
tween dinner and bedtime.
The floor tfiuu the ?> ri-.r.as'uni proper is i*
voted to the 1.2110 lockers, the swimming ta
and the fourteen shower baths, while ia 3
basement beneath art- the bowling alleys. Tsj
is another scene "t" busy activity. espe«2[
at night, as the alleys have a aeserraßjliW
rt-putation I y re:is»>n of th»> condition in w!x*
they are t. :i:itairu->!. With scores of plaj* 3
engaged in running up their scores and e^J
spectators c:*: :!y watching the play, the a^.i
are the centr- :' much interest.
One of tl. • s[>.-. ial features of -'■
Young Men's Christian Association ST**
Blum la the swimming tank, whici 3
supplied not with the ti;y water, which i***"
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