Jul 9, 2013 6:52 PM by Bill Halter

Cal Poly athletes working hard during summer

Cal Poly athletes have been working hard this summer shaping their bodies for the upcoming seasons. The man making sure the Mustangs are getting the most out of the off-season is Chris Holder. Holder was Cal Poly's first ever Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2002-2006 and he's back after seven years at San Jose State. Holder is running two hour morning workouts for Cal Poly athletes from all sports during the important summer season.
"This is where you probably want to get as strong as you can, explosive, as fast because when you get into season you still lift but it's not nearly as much" said football player Chris Nicholls.

The first group of athletes lift at 5:30 am and then do cardio work outside. The second group of athletes gets started at 8:30 am, the workouts are every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. "Summer is all about getting better and getting stronger and it's when you push yourself the most to see what you're capable off" said softball player Kim Westlund.

Holder tailors his unconventional workouts to each sport. He's big on supersets, meaning two different lifts back to back. "My philosophy has always been everything starts at the hips and the core. So we train from the core out so depending on the day you may catch a bench press here and there. But we're really big on developing their hips, developing explosiveness, developing true speed for all of our sports" said Holder.

The former Eastern Kentucky University football player has been a big hit with the athletes. "Everything he does is explosive, it's fast, it transitions really well to football. He doesn't do anything just for looks or anything that's not going to transfer over to the field" said Nicholls.

Fall sports report in August.



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