It’s time to shake out your muscles because there’s a new sheriff in town, or rather a new lifting coach. Brian Coleman is the new lifting coach here at Hayes. He is responsible for the training of all Hayes athletes
Training and conditioning play a crucial part in athletics. Outside of any sports, people don’t know what happens in the weight room. With a new training coach, there’s a lot more to know, especially about what he brings to the table.
“Coleman has a lot of energy,” Sophomore Wrestler Carter Davidson said. “He brings a lot of excitement to the weight room.”
Last year, coaches were the ones that organized training programs, if they did at all. This year, there is no need for coaches to worry about that. Coleman is the one that takes care of preparing training and lifting sessions.
“Last year the lifting seemed more personalized,” Davidson said. “This year it’s a little different, but we’re still making great gains.”
Training and lifting is a great way to boost performance for the season. A program that has a training system has a definite advantage over another that doesn’t. No team wants to do bad and lifting provides a way for programs to become more successful.
“The lifting helps our performance tremendously,” Davidson said. “It has and is making us stronger, faster, and more explosive.”
“ I definitely think it’s helping us,” Junior Volleyball player Claire Turner said. “We’re gaining strength and it’ll help us become an overall better team.”
There’s a different feel in the weight room than on the practice field or the court. There are no plays to practice or techniques to learn. There’s a sense of urgency to get better, faster, and stronger.
“The atmosphere with Coleman and the coaches is intense,” Davidson said. “We’re focused on improving and it really helps the lift.”
“[The atmosphere] is very intense,” Turner said. “We’re being pushed to do our best, and it’s a good feeling.”
Before Coleman, girls teams didn’t have a lifting schedule or a program. Now, all sports at Hayes are using the weight room. They all can keep in shape and become stronger, mentally and physically.
“Last year we didn’t lift at all,” Turner said. “Last year, lifting was for wrestling and football. The girls teams didn’t really lift. It’s a lot different and I feel like we’re all more in shape and ready for our season.”
Athletes are a rare breed of people that often seek to improve. With Coleman running the liftings, there’s definitely optimism for the future. Hayes’ athletics are turning over a new leaf when it comes to training and building strength.
“I like the new lifting system,” Davidson said. “Even though the old one seemed more personalized, our new lifting is going well.”
“I definitely prefer lifting over not lifting,” Turner said. “It’s a lot better this year.”