By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor
Renton High (Wash.) was one of three Washington schools selected last year by Volt Athletics to receive a donation of a one-year team subscription to an online strength and conditioning program. The Seattle Seahawks sponsored the donation as part of new partnership with Volt Athletics.
Renton High coach Tim Tramp wanted to upgrade his team’s strength program last offseason, but the cost of hiring a part-time trainer was not within his program’s budget.
He discovered Volt online, and noticed the designer of sport-specific training programs had recently formed a partnership with the Seahawks. He applied for a one-year subscription to the online strength program as a donation. Volt recognized the Renton program’s financial need, and awarded the team one of three one-year subscriptions. The other two went to John F. Kennedy High and Sumner High – both in Washington.
Tramp explained eight advantages for coaches using the Volt training program in 2016.
- The cost. Tramp found that the cost of adding a part-time strength coach to his staff to monitor the weight room three times per week was between $3,000 and $5,000 per year. Most online strength programs are far less expensive.
- An expert on staff. Volt’s training programs are designed by certified strength coaches. While most workouts are delivered through a database or app, a customer representative is assigned to each team, and can respond to questions by phone or email. “I’ve had numerous conversations with customer-service representatives at Volt,” Tramp said.
- The ability to customize the program. The Volt training program is not a one-size-fits all approach to training. A coach can customize programs by position or experience level. Tramp’s freshmen participate in the beginner program, while his varsity athletes do the advanced workouts. Skill position players often do more reps with lighter weights than linemen.
- Track progress. Players have the ability to enter their workout through the Volt app, by specifying the number or reps and amount of weight lifted in each exercise. The Volt app will adjust the workout the next time to re-enforce continued progress.
- Take attendance. Tramp said one of the best features of the Volt program is its ability to track workouts and monitor which players have completed a lift – and which have missed a day. “I don’t have to check with my staff to see if we can account for every player being in the weight room at some point in the day,” Tramp said.
- Examples of perfect technique. A coach doesn’t have to go from station to station demonstrating the proper lifting technique to his players. Volt offers videos and animation for every exercise so players can view the proper form on their phones before starting a new lift.
- A long-term approach. Once a player enters his position, experience and goals, Volt will customize a strength and conditioning program for the entire calendar year. The offseason will be designed to add strength that can be utilized on the football field. In-season lifts will be designed to give players explosive strength without sapping them of energy heading into games. “You can punch in a four-day-a-week lifting schedule, a three-day-a-week schedule, or a two-day-a-week schedule. You put in advanced, intermediate or beginner. You put in your position, and then you have an entire calendar filled with workouts.”
- Saves coaches time. Tramp no longer had to design workouts each day and serve as the resident weight room expert during every team lift. Instead, he often printed out 10 to 15 copies of that day’s workout – for those athletes that didn’t have smartphones – and spent time attending to some of his other coaching responsibilities. “I used to spend time having to explain the push press,” Tramp said. “Now they look online or with a laptop. It makes it so I have an expert with me in the weight room.”
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