Strength And Conditioning Success
Every year, a new wave of students enters the weight room for the first time participating in some level of Strength and Conditioning. Some students arrive excited and eager to work hard. Other students come nervous and scared about what the weight room has to offer. And of course, the few students who think they know it all.
1. Make the Weight Room WelcomingIt is important to remember that many of these students have never been in a weight room before. To expect students to jump headfirst into weight training is like expecting a new swimmer to dive headfirst into the deep end.
Examples of Instant Activities:
- Rock, Paper, Scissors
- Red Light – Green Light
- Cone Reaction
2. Teach Movements Over Muscles
Many students walk into the weight room looking for a chest workout, an arm workout, and just want to bench press.
- Asymmetrical Squat
- Horizontal Push
- Horizontal Pull
- Vertical Push
- Vertical Pull
- Force Production
- Force Absorption
3. Provide Constant Feedback—For Everyone, From EveryoneAs we start to develop the foundation movements and exercises, students must receive feedback.
- Main Exercise, Student
- Spotting, Student 2
- Watching and Giving Feedback, Student 3
- Accessory Exercise, Student 4
4. Meet Students Where They Are
5. Remember This Is Just the Beginning
For young freshman or beginners who are introduced to strength and conditioning, this is just the beginning.
By helping students feel both comfortable and confident in the weight room, we have the opportunity to empower them far beyond high school sports.