“Back when I was young, everyone thought you had to add more and more weight to get big and string, and some still do. Now, you better understand that focusing on teaching technique and proper movement is just as important, if not more so, when building better athletes.”For all Chapin athletes, strength and conditioning requires discipline and attention to detail when it comes to technique. The Huskies’ coaches and athletes leverage the PLT4M training app to gain insights on proper form. Using the demo videos built into the mobile app, Hernandez now sees his athletes coaching one another. The older athletes have adopted the language, and points of performance. They even practice what they preach, not only helping along their younger teammates, but also showing them how it’s done. Hernandez says that the continued buy in is making impacts throughout all of their athletic teams. Chapin’s female athletes are some of the strongest in the league and the coaches highlight their dynamic athleticism on and off the field. Chapin also recently entered a county powerlifting league where they won numerous meets and had athletes with consistent first place finishes in the lightweight and heavyweight divisions. Anywhere Chapin student-athletes are representing their school, Hernandez feels they are taking the lessons from the weight room with them.
“I see the belief in my athletes eyes that they know they can conquer anything! Whether it is the 4th quarter or a challenge in life, so much of that belief comes from the recognition of their hard work and the visualization of their progress in the weight room.”