Strength and Conditioning Moves Outdoors
With the Al-Rashid Strength and Conditioning Center out of commission after being knocked down over the summer, the weight room has transitioned into an outdoor training space in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
With the Al-Rashid Strength and Conditioning Center out of commission after being knocked down over the summer, the weight room has transitioned into an outdoor training space in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. With the support of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Tony Rienzo, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Kelly Wise, and the rest of the Al-Rashid team, students will be able to make physical gains from training in a Covid-19-safe environment––a priority of utmost importance for the Strength & Conditioning staff.
In an interview with both coaches, they described this fall’s decision to prepare a “temporary weight room”––a large, open-air tent situated on one end of the football field. The weight room will have racks and barbells under the tent, allowing teams to utilize the equipment central to the Al-Rashid weight room. Students will also be able to bring other equipment outside of the tent to supplement the work being done inside on the racks, namely in the form of kettlebells, which Rienzo and Wise described as a “true game-changer” for on-field training. The weight-room’s design ensures that athletes still maintain social distancing protocols while working out, striving to maintain “airflow and social distancing” in the outdoor facility and provide “safety, efficiency, and effectiveness” for the larger community. The access to the track and sufficient space on the football field will allow for speed, agility, and conditioning drills. Unlike previous strength and conditioning programs, Lawrentians will have the time and space to focus specifically on plyometrics and mechanics that Al-Rashid did not always have the space to accomplish. With the cancellation of sporting competitions, more emphasis will be placed on “increasing strength and athleticism” and “building injury resistance” this term.
An added sense of community has also been incorporated into the Strength and Conditioning program through social media given the lack of a permanent space. Through daily posts of workouts on Instagram (@lvillestrength) and TeamBuildr, members of the Lawrenceville community are encouraged to participate in exercises that can easily be completed in their rooms without requiring extensive or specialized equipment. Some of the initial exercise routines that have been posted are bodyweight workouts, which can be tailored for the fitness needs of all students. Once Lawrentians fully return to campus, the Al-Rashid team will start their “normal routine of training in-season teams,” said Rienzo, and develop athletes’ form, technique, strength, and power.
The transition process to an outdoor Al-Rashid has its challenges; nevertheless, Rienzo and Wise have both acknowledged the importance of creative solutions to provide a program of equal quality to the indoor workouts and have emphasized the need to adapt in the current circumstances. Despite the difficulties, as Wise said, the Al-Rashid team aims to “keep everyone healthy” and will diligently prepare athletes for when competitive interscholastic athletics return. The Al-Rashid program is looking forward to a great term together––a truly ‘all in’ mentality. Coach Rienzo concluded with a message to the Lawrenceville community: “It’s going to be a great term to get better, let’s go Big Red!”