It’s summer time in Charleston and the Dawgs are back in town! The end of May always marks the start of one of our most exciting periods of the year – Football Summer Training!
We have reassembled in the Dawg Pound for the upcoming eight weeks of intensive lifting and conditioning. Our summer numbers are as high as ever – 75 upperclassmen will join our signing class of over 20 incoming freshmen and train under my staff of five strength coaches and three interns. Along with Andy Clawson’s Sports Medicine team, we administer all aspects of performance training for the duration of the summer months.
Training groups are held Monday through Friday in the morning from 5:45 to 7:15 and 8:00 to 9:30. We kicked off the program on Wednesday, May 29and will conclude on Wednesday, July 31 after performance testing. We give our players one week off for recovery around the July 4holiday and another five days off before the start of fall camp.
Our summer program is mapped out to safely progress our guys through different forms of training that will prepare them to physically endure the rigors of fall camp and the season. This means applying the right amount of pressure at the right times to avoid overuse injuries or excessive wear and tear. We achieve this by cycling between upper and lower body lifting and rotating between high and low intensity running throughout the week.
One of the best things about our summer program is the way our incoming freshmen are handled. One of the most challenging things to balance as a strength coach is transitioning high school athletes to collegiate performance training. Most high school athletes have never been exposed to consistent, dedicated and intensive strength and conditioning. Couple this with the fact that most recruits are multi-sport athletes and the adjustment from casually working out for 2-3 hours per day to being COACHED through every minute detail of up to eight hours of training per week becomes a serious endeavor as it relates to health and safety.
We are fortunate to be able to work our newcomers for 3.5 weeks, completely isolated from the upperclassmen. During that time, the incoming freshmen will have 4-5 certified strength coaches working them in very low coach-to-athlete ratios that allows for plenty of individualization and appropriately-paced teaching. After their introductory period, they are brought into the full-team setting right before the July 4 break to finally compete against the upperclassmen. Upon completion of their summer program, they are issued their Take Home Manuals which guide them through running, lifting and nutrition for the weeks leading up to camp.
You can find out more information about our programs online at www.facebook.com/CitadelStrength. Feel free to check up on our training programs and see what it’s like inside the world of collegiate strength and conditioning. Train hard this summer; WE certainly will be!