What are most students doing at 5 a.m. every weekday? Many would say they’re sleeping, but for those preparing for their next season, they’re probably out running. Winter is nearly here, and so is winter conditioning for spring sports.
“I definitely think conditioning impacts our performance,” said Keith Feist, captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team. We do lots of cardio, some lifting and running drills, but it’s all almost exclusively cardio.”
Conditioning is not mandatory for the ultimate team. However, it is recommended by coaches and captains to all players that they participate in conditioning so as to perform at the highest level possible come spring.
For ultimate frisbee, there are no restrictions on conditioning concerning what time of year they start or the amount spent working out. However, in other sports, like track, they’re required to wait until technical season starts before they can condition, according to track coach Karlee Michael.
Indoor track can start much earlier than outdoor, even as early as December, whereas outdoor starts in January.
Additionally Volleyball conditioning also starts as early as December for those planning to play come spring.
Volleyball players will focus almost entirely on their legs, using the circuit rooms and the boxes to do so, said senior Sam Richards.
Track athletes typically do speed work, regular runs and distance runs, if they’re a sprinter or long distance runners. All track athletes do body function lifting a couple times a week that works the general muscle groups to keep them fit overall, Coach Michael said.