For today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, Louisiana Tech strength and conditioning coach Kurt Hester joins coach Keith Grabowski to go over his role with the Bulldogs, in and outside of the weight room. Hester also addresses in-season strength training as well as incorporating “Fast Friday” and “No Sweat Thursday” into each teams’ weekly schedule from a scientific perspective. Hester has been in his role at LA Tech since 2013, while also formerly holding the position of National Director of Training for the D1 Sports Training Center (Nashville, Tenn.) and having worked with athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, including Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers.
1:16 Coach Hester’s out-of-weight-room involvement
4:20 Why old school conditioning is out of date
9:22 Use of technology versus eyes in practice
11:42 Why weight room numbers won’t necessarily reflect on-field play
14:57 Tips to prepare for conditioning during week one and beyond
17:11 In-season strength training
18:51 Proper footwear to maintain health throughout the season
20:19 Using “Fast Friday” in weekly practice routine
22:45 Pregame schedule for multi-position players
23:40 The scientific approach of light practice leading into games
25:54 Coach Hester’s best tip going into the 2019 season
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