Strength & Conditioning Program
At a Boosters meeting early in 2018, someone asked a simple question: “How can we help our student athletes train so they become stronger, faster, more agile, and less prone to injury?”
This simple question sparked an idea that caught fire and at the April Boosters Bash, the focus of our fundraising efforts was the Fund-A-Need campaign to develop better training programs for our athletes. After a summer of planning, the Boosters are making this idea a reality and kicking off the first ever Strength & Conditioning Program at Acalanes.
This program is funded 100% by Boosters and has three components. First, Boosters has partnered with BridgeAthletic, a company that offers a training platform through an app that our athletes can upload to their mobile devices. The BridgeAthletic app delivers customized workouts to each athlete based on their sport, gender, age, and their level of fitness. Second, Boosters has contracted with a certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, Logan Beal, who is trained in the BridgeAthletic workouts and will be at Acalanes twice a week to assist athletes and teams with their programs. Finally, Boosters purchased a variety of new gym equipment for athletes to use in the BridgeAthletic workouts.
This Strength & Conditioning program will provide every Acalanes athlete the opportunity to train for their sport and elevate their fitness and performance while decreasing their risk of injury.
Because this program is completely new, here are some frequently asked questions:
Any Acalanes athlete is eligible to sign up.
Yes, some coaches will decide to engage in the S&C program as a team. The student-athletes on those teams will receive an email with instructions on how to register as a member of a team and receive the team-specific workout.
Yes! If you are an individual athlete, you can register and provide information such as your sport, gender, age, and fitness level and the Bridge S&C specialists will create a workout for you.
Boosters has contracted with a certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, Logan Beal, who is also trained on the Bridge workouts. Logan is a graduate student in Kinesiology at St. Mary’s and is extremely knowledgeable about sports training and fitness. He will be present during Open Hours in the weight room or other training locations at Acalanes such as the gyms, pool deck, football field, and blacktop area. Open Hours will be twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-7 pm. Occasionally, Logan’s time may be reserved by a coach for a team workout, but outside of that situation he will be available to answer questions and provide instruction on the exercises and moves the athletes are performing. Additionally, if your athlete’s sport is registered for team workouts, your coach will be trained on the workouts and will also be supervising the athletes and tracking their workouts. However, once athletes are comfortable with their workouts, they can perform them anywhere with the help of the app.
After an athlete is registered with the Bridge app, he/she is free to come to Open Hours and no reservation is necessary. Open hours are currently every Monday 3-7pm and Wednesday 3-7pm. Once an athlete receives their personalized workout on their app, it is recommended that the athlete reach out to Logan to set up an initial meeting to go through the exercises. Then the athlete is free to work out during open hours, or on their own at Acalanes or elsewhere.
Although the weight room will be a fluid process and it might change as the year goes along, right now only registered sports teams are eligible to reserve time with Logan. Regardless of whether a team has reserved time, individual athletes may still come to the gym and go through their workout on their own. As described in the question above, there are many locations on campus where an athlete may perform their workout and the equipment purchases made by Boosters facilitates/supports workouts elsewhere.
Before each season, Boosters and Bridge will be holding a kickoff meeting for the upcoming sports where we will explain the program and register athletes. However, athletes can register and receive their workout at any time.
No! The app and the Strength & Conditioning program is completely funded by Boosters through donations and fundraising efforts. To continue the S&C program, Boosters will need to continue to maintain and increase fundraising efforts.
Like anything, you’ll get out of it what you put into it! If you do all of the exercises as instructed in each workout the recommended number of times each week, you can expect to see greater flexibility and mobility, a stronger core, better endurance, greater strength and more injury prevention.