Finding a Competitive Edge in the Weight Room
- Strength and conditioning can make the difference in taking student athlete performance to the next level.
- Changing the culture of high school athletics starts in the weight room but doesn’t end there.
- Giving students agency to monitor their own progress is a key to accountability.
Athletic Director Dement knew to up Centerville’s game in the weight room, he’d need to bring in some help. Prioritizing strength and conditioning needed to become the culture of the sports program, not be a responsibility falling to the individual coaches. At the same time, the right solution would need to have support from coaches across a multitude of teams. For Centerville, PLT4M struck the right balance.
One thing that the entire department can agree on is the importance of safety when strength training. PLT4M’s demonstration videos and emphasis on proper form helps athletes develop a stronger mind-body connection as they work out and reduces the risk of injury. For the school’s natural-born competitors, leaderboards and live results keep things lively in the weight room.
We have sports coaches who are great at what they do within the sport they love. But the majority of them have never had to put together a comprehensive weight room plan."
While change can be hard for any athletics program, Athletic Director Dement can see the evolution taking place at his own school. With Centerville’s football program now using PLT4M year-round and more than a half-dozen other sports adopting the tech, the school’s competitive edge is sharper than ever.
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