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Trojans strengthen off-season workouts

By Justin Webster | Nov 16, 2017
Photo by: Justin Webster/Ledger photo Fairfield’s Juan Rojo works with the medicine ball Wednesday.

The Fairfield football team has spearheaded an after school weight-lifting program designed to bring the athletic department and its coaches together with students, many of whom are off-season athletes, to keep the Trojans strong year-round.

Head football coach Matt Jones explains:

“We’re trying to get our student-athletes in better shape,” said Jones. “We’re trying to get them faster, get them so they can play at a higher level on the field and be more explosive from point-A to point-B. The No. 1 reason to strengthen and condition is injury prevention.

No. 2 is trying to improve our performance.”

Jones said they want to keep everyone healthy and strong so they can play and they can avoid having so many injuries.

Jones continued, “It helps when we push each other and sweat together and pay the price in the weight room.

You become more effective on the field because you won’t give up on your buddy and vice versa. We have a bunch of kids who we are encouraging to get involved with other sports – wrestling, basketball, bowling, it doesn’t matter.

We want the kids to stay active and do something. We want kids involved in a lot of things and if not, we want them in here training.”

Most program participants are athletes in their off-season including many middle schoolers.

Everyone meets at the high school weight room Monday, Wednesday and Friday from after school until about 5 p.m. The coaches want as many Trojans as possible in grades 7-12 at Fairfield to come workout with the group.

 

Question: Outside of performance, what are the benefits?

Coach Jones: The better your heart can function, the better your lungs can function, the stronger your joints are, the longer life you’re going to have which is the kind of things the kids are learning now that will benefit them now in athletics and in the future in their day-to-day lives as they go off to college and become adults.

 

Q) How do you get started?

A) We start with a warm-up and a stretch and then give some instructions on proper technique. We tell the kids it doesn’t matter where you start, it’s where you finish. We also emphasize that technique is the most important element, so we can avoid injuries.

 

Q) Why are you doing this?

A) We all like to interact with the kids. We’re all educators. We have Matt Schenck our offensive coordinator, Shawn Dorman coaches our freshmen team, Brian Dunlap is the Head Track coach and a football coach, Cory Klehm is a teacher at the middle school here out of the goodness of his heart. We keep pushing the kids to improve their abilities so we can get better at every sport and this is the start of it how we will do that.

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