Conditioning Sessions Include Football 'War Games'

Boy lifts weights
Students lift weights to train for next season.

By Kenzie Reed

Eagle’s Eye Online

Football head coach Chris Overholt is preparing athletes for next season with pre- conditionings that started Jan. 4 and will go till the end of the summer. Conditioning lasts till July 30, which is when Overholt can make things mandatory for football.

What the boys are doing now isn't mandatory, it's by choice. This program for conditioning is open to everyone in any sport and even to students who don't participate in sports.

There is a new weightlifting program called the Trifazic system. It just adds on to what the players were doing before in weightlifting. They are 4-5 weeks into it and have noticed changes. This system modifies the lifts they were doing before.

“We always put a big stress on plyometric and core,” Overholt said. “If you’re strong through your core you can be good at anything.”

The boys have increased weight and Overholt is excited for the next session. This is the third year of running the off-season program so guys who have been in the weightlifting program for the last three years are developing. They have the motions down and the technique.

The older guys are teaching the current 8th graders what to do, including the expectations in the weight room.

In conditioning the boys always start off with a basic warm-up, low impact plyometric exercises, and build to some things that are more advanced to get warmed up.

Then they will proceed to go to the weightroom and do six 10-minute stations. After that they will go to more advanced plyometric workouts and some that help with the core. Once or twice a week they will do an activity called War Games, which is competitive and benefits the players.

Twice a week they'll play individual or partner, small group or big group, in war games. They try to compete daily to stress competition.

They play a game in war games called sock wrestling. It’s where the guys will be not wearing shoes, just socks.

“It doesn't sound aggressive, but it is,” Overholt said. “It’s where two guys get on all fours in just their socks and have all their gear on, and no shoes, and it's the first person to get the other person's socks off.”

The emphasis on conditioning and strength training helps athletes in all sports.

“It's a really great thing, and it’s open to everyone,” Overholt said. “We have baseball guys, swimmers, soccer players and people who don't play sports.” Schedule for conditioning