Facilities Health Sciences Furman University

Furman’s health and wellness facilities are superb for a liberal arts university of its size. Our Physical Activities Center provides the latest exercise equipment, while the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training and Molnar Human Performance Laboratory give our health sciences students an opportunity to conduct research to discover newer, better ways to make athletes more competitive.

Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training (FIRST)

FIRST offers our Health Sciences students a chance to work in a nationally recognized laboratory that uses proven scientific principles and documented research to teach runners how to be faster, stronger, and safer at all distances. The entire Furman community, and anybody who runs, can benefit from our research. Visit FIRST.

Molnar Human Performance Laboratory

Our Human Performance Lab can conduct the same kinds of metabolic testing and biomechanical analyses that you’d find at a major research institution. The lab has collaborated with Greenville Health Systems and Clemson University. Go the lab’s wiki.


The PAC is the hub of healthy living at Furman. All of our wellness courses are taught in the PAC, which also has a swimming pool, cardio equipment, elliptical trainers, treadmills, stationary bikes, free weights, resistance machines, and a dance studio for spinning classes, yoga, and stretching. Visit the Herman W. Lay Physical Activities Center.​

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