By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor
Frog Fitness partnered this spring with one of the top programs in North Carolina, Lincolnton, as well as one of the top programs in South Carolina, Lewisville.
Lincolnton posted a 13-2 record and advanced to the North Carolina Class 2A West final before falling to eventual undefeated state champion Reidsville.
Lewisville posted a 10-3 record with two playoff wins in 2016. The Lions arguably have the state’s best player in defensive tackle Josh Belk, a Clemson commit.
Lincolnton coach Ledford Gibson and Lewisville coach William Mitchell shared their thoughts on The Frog after going through the orientation process at their respective schools in June.
Q&A with Lincolnton (NC) Coach Ledford Gibson
How did your players respond to The Frog training?
“It was great, they loved it. It’s something the kids enjoy, and it works every muscle part. They get explosion through their hips and lower body. That’s really what they need. We had the girls’ soccer team out, and it will be good for them as well.”
How does it compare to the strength program you had in place?
“I think the way it’s set up to get to the hips and hamstrings is better than the traditional weight lifting stuff. You can work that stuff better. You can’t work explosion and flexibility with any other machine the way you can with The Frog.”
How do you think you’ll implement it into your program?
“We’re going to use it for everything. We’ll incorporate it in our strength training, race with our conditioning stuff, do the hill as the punishment for being late instead of sprints. I’ll put them on The Frog and make them go up a hill.”
Q&A with Lewisville Coach William Mitchell
What surprised you most about The Frog training?
“All of the different exercises we saw during the demonstration … it’s really a total body thing. I saw the videos of players moving across the field on The Frog, and I was a little worried about transition time. You don’t want to take five minutes to put it together and take it apart. But that’s not what they showed us in the demonstration. We used it in our weight room. We worked through a circuit with five stations for core lifts. We plugged it in as part of a circuit, and I was really pleased.”
How do you think the workouts will translate to a player’s performance on the field?
“It exposes imbalances, so if a hip is more flexible or one leg is more dominant, it forces a player to balance out. We’re about time under tension, and this puts every part of the body under tension for the whole time you’re using it. I think it will increase core strength. We’re a smaller school, so injuries can change a season. We hope our players have a lot more strength in the stabilizing muscles around their joints. When we have a full offseason from January on, it will be interesting to see how our injuries compare to the previous season.”
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