PLU Strength & Conditioning Mission
Pacific Lutheran University Strength & Conditioning is a function of the Department of Athletics, and within these confines strives to decrease the risk of contact and non-contact related injury, improve the general athleticism of PLU varsity athletes, educate student-athletes on the value of life-long fitness, and maximize the natural talents of our student-athletes through the use of traditional and non-traditional strength and speed training.
PLU Strength & Conditioning and Strength & Conditioning Coach
Strength and Conditioning is for all intents and purposes a means to make athletes more efficient at sports movements. The strength and conditioning coach applies various training methods with the end result being a more refined athlete. A strength and conditioning coach is not to be confused with the sports medicine practitioner. While many strength coaches have knowledge of injuries and their prevention, all treatment and rehabilitation should go through the sports medicine staff.
The backbone of the PLU Strength & Conditioning Program is the bench press, squat, power clean and solid linear sprint technique. The movements of virtually every sport can be mimicked by these motions. The speed, volume, and load are manipulated to create workouts that are specific to each sport.
The strength and conditioning staff is responsible for all out-of season conditioning, weight training, and speed training. At the DIII level the strength and conditioning coach has the unique opportunity to coach athletes during the entire year provided equal opportunity is given to all athletes from all sports. However, in the offseason it is against NCAA regulations to report out of season workouts and results to the sport coaches. Sport coaches are also not to supervise or attend out of season training sessions.
Traditionally the Strength & Conditioning Coach at the collegiate level has both a bachelors and masters degree in exercise science. This coach will also be certified by all or one of the following bodies:
NSCA (National Strength and
CSCCa (Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association)
USAW (USA Weight Lifting)
Strength & Conditioning Program Hours
While studies show that the best training takes place during the hours of 2 and 5pm, the college schedule never seems to work that way. The primary hours of operation are 7am-5pm Monday through Friday. However, with proper planning any request can be met.
Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training (SAQ) is conducted 3X per week at 3pm in Memorial Gymnasium. All students are welcome, in-season athletes ARE NOT encouraged to participate.
Periodic Performance Testing is done a minimum two times per year, and a maximum of four times per year. The standard testing battery is 1-RM Squat, 1-RM Bench, Standing Vertical Jump, Standing Broad Jump, Pro-Agility Shuttle, "L" Drill, and 300 Yard Shuttle. Other tests can be done upon request. Updated team and all-time records are always available and posted in Names Fitness Center.
NOTE TO COACHES AND ATHLETES: Workouts can sometimes require specialized equipment and supervision. To avoid liability and injury issues please do not remove the equipment of the S&C Program from the Names Fitness Center. If you would like to schedule a session outside of normal hours please make arrangements with the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator.
Fitness Center Policies (Please ask for a complete list of rules and regulations at the front desk.)