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Managing a High School Weight Room

We have a lot of coaches on this site who function at the high school level. Some are sport coaches, some are strength coaches, many serve as both. With school starting up this week, I want to talk about a few important steps for maximizing the safety and productivity of your high school weight room.

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School is starting back up and we all know what that means. All the kids who haven’t done jack over the summer are going to be flooding your weight room and monopolizing your bench presses. You are also going to have groups of 13/14 year old kids walking into the weight room for the first time, curling everything in sight, and accomplishing nothing.

I believe it is important to provide access to facilities like a weight room to high school students who wish to work hard and better themselves, whether they are athletes or not. However, I feel it is equally important to provide them with education and guidance on how to train safely and effectively. The weight room is a tool, and just like any tool, if you don’t know how to use it, the job doesn’t get done.

How do we, as coaches, best lay the ground work for a successful strength program in our high schools?

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There are a few very important steps that will make your weight room a more productive place. Know this now, most of these steps require extra time and effort on your part, but you have to trust me that it is worth the initial investment to stop yourself from ripping your hair out later.

Step 1. Mandatory Orientation.

I really can’t say it any more clear than that. Every single student athlete must complete a one hour mandatory orientation session in order for them to gain access to the weight room. This was exactly what we did in college with all of our freshman. Before they spend one minute in the gym, I have already addressed the rules and regulations that must be followed.

During this session I want to accomplish

Www Buy Diazepam Online Org 1. Addressing rules and regulations that must be followed. For example – Dress code. Language. Acceptable behavior.

2. CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE OF THE WEIGHT ROOM. This is an incredibly important one. If the students want the privilege of using the weight room, they must also take care of it.

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Buy Phentermine Reviews 4. Introductory coaching. Whether they are athletes or not, you want to give everyone the tools be successful (and again prevent future headaches). I typically start with 4-5 exercises like a squat, lunge, chin up, and push up, and then make this a mandatory warm up every day. So each day they have to do 10 squats, lunges, chins, and pushups before they can do anything else. This has worked surprisingly well in the past.

After the hour is over, I can at least be confident I have laid the ground work for a safe and productive environment. Also, if there are problems in the future, discipline is clear and easy.

*A follow up on dresscode. This is my biggest pet peeve and something that gets out of control. It is absolutely necessary you set guidelines on dress code right from the start. And I mean from head to toe. Footwear, pants, shirts. You set the rules and enforce them.

Buy Phentermine And B12 Step 2 – Set a Schedule

You need to set a clear schedule for when students/athletes/staff have access to the weight room. Will you be training teams or are you just supervising the weight room? Will you be teaching a class or doing any adult training? Are you only going to be open after school or will you be available before school?

If you have a undulating schedule, it is easiest to post weekly open hours and team schedules on a white board outside the weight room. This way the schedule is clear to everyone, and no one is surprised when the door is locked.

If you are working with any particular teams, train them together. Get everyone in at once. This seems obvious, but I can’t tell you how many coaches I have worked with that just expected their kids to get two lifts a week in. This results in chaos. If they do show up, what are they supposed to do? Will you always be available to help them or direct their training? It is much easier to find those two one hour blocks where most of the team can attend, and keep everyone on the same page.

*A quick note. If you are still trying to establish yourself as a part of the school and trying to solidify your position or boost your importance to administration I have some advice. Strongly consider doing a staff training session a couple mornings/week. you might be surprised how many teachers or staff members will show up to work one hour early if it means they will get their work out in and get good coaching. You definitely have the opportunity to make yourself a more valuable member of the program

Step 3. Enforce steps 1 and 2.

Shit. This should be easy. But I get it. Most people don’t like confrontation, and most strength positions at the high school level are viewed as novelty positions. You don’t want to make waves. But I promise you, if you set the rules and enforce them, your contribution to the school will be taken more seriously. If instead you show up, let kids mess around and get hurt, because you are too afraid to raise your voice, I can guarantee you won’t be there much longer.

Enforcement is especially true for the dress code and the cleaning. If the athletic director comes down at 4 pm and kids are training in sandals and yoga pants, talking on their phones, and the weight room is a mess, you can expect a stern lecture soon. Keep your weight room safe and clean and you will get smiles instead of screams.

Good luck and remember, NEVER LET THE INMATE RUN THE ASSYLUM.

 

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