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Strength & Conditioning
MissionTo glorify God by training each student athlete so that he or she may achieve at the peak of his or her athletic ability.
ProgramStudents may participate in the upper school Strength & Conditioning program in various ways: 1) take the physical education classes Strength & Conditioning I and Strength & Conditioning II, 2) participate in the after-school and summer sessions, and/or 3) work out with the in-season team(s) on which they participate. Simply stated, this is a program designed to help students become better athletes by providing ongoing opportunities for them to achieve their goals. Participation will not result in bulkiness or stiffness; rather, it will make athletes faster, stronger and less prone to injury. Whether you are an active athlete or don’t play a sport, everyone will reap health and wellness benefits as a result of participation in the Strength & Conditioning program.
What We Do
- Emphasize proper technique in all that we do in order to ensure safety, functional strength, optimum performance and injury prevention.
- Perform strength training exercises including barbell, dumbbell, medicine ball and body weight exercises.
- Perform various speed, agility, plyometric and conditioning exercises to compliment the training completed in the weight room.
- Uphold the Westminster Christian Academy Athletic Pillar #8: “We will grow and improve in and out of season; getting better demands hard work.”
Strength & Conditioning Classes
Students have the option to enroll in Strength & Conditioning classes (level I followed by level II) during the school day while earning one half credit toward their physical education graduation requirement. These athletes do not need to stay after school to work out and could instead use that time to study or practice sport-specific skill work.
Middle School Strength Training
Any Middle School student interested in lifting weights is invited to the weight room every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45-4:30 p.m. You will be taught basic weight room procedures and learn a strength training routine specifically designed for your age group. There is no sign up required.
If a student is unable to fit one of the Strength & Conditioning classes into his or her schedule, he or she can work out after school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:45 to 5 p.m.
These athletes are in “maintenance mode” because of the training they do in the off-season; this arm of the program is thus designed for athletes who need to maintain their levels of strength throughout the season. They work out two times a week for 30 minutes; these workouts focus on four lifts with slightly lighter weights. The student’s sports coach will address the conditioning element.
Summer Strength & Conditioning
This arm of the program allows students who have been training throughout the school year to continue that training during the summer; it also serves to introduce those who are new to Westminster (or new to strength and conditioning training) to the Strength & Conditioning program. For an excellent price (especially when compared to the cost of a personal trainer), our athletes receive instruction on proper lifting and running techniques, plyometrics, conditioning and diet.
Dave Schall, MS, CSCS
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
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