The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

January 31, 2013

Edgewood athletes training year around

After school programs give students extra opportunities to stay in condition

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — This year at Edgewood, there is no off season for athletes. Traditionally, students participated in winter sports such as basketball, wrestling, cheerleading or swimming. This year however, two new after school sports programs are becoming prominent, the indoor track team and the physical conditioning program Bigger-Faster-Stronger (BFS).

Bigger-Faster-Stronger, coached by Chris Monda, one of Edgewood’s football coaches, started as an extra conditioning opportunity for football players last spring continuing into fall. In late October, the program was opened up to all students who wished to participate in the program after school in preparation for future sports or just to get into better shape.

BFS athletes participate in hard practices every day after school, whether they practice in Edgewood’s weight lifting room, Rubber Band Room, or just run the halls. These cross-training workouts provide students with a challenging and rewarding workout that provides them a physical edge over the competition.

Brandon Long, a freshman football player, said, “Participating in BFS has helped my physical performance exponentially. Coach Monda has been extremely beneficial to the Buckeye athletic program this year.”

Also running during their off-season is the Edgewood Warrior Indoor Track Team. This dedicated group of track athletes is putting in the extra effort before the season starts this year in hopes of making it to State Championship during the spring season. Athletes meet after school twice a week to work out at Edgewood, and have made arrangements to practice at the SPIRE institute’s indoor track once a week.

The Indoor Track coach, Beth Simpson, is very excited about this opportunity. “At the SPIRE, our athletes will have the opportunity to really work on their form. Our runners will get to run on a synthetic track instead of the school hallways or cinder track, our jumpers will get to jump and our throwers will get to throw,” she said.

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