All Access: Strength and Conditioning

All Access: Strength and Conditioning

Strength and conditioning is the backbone of every football team in the country. It is even more important for UTSA as a start up program. InsideRunnerSports.com was granted a behind the scenes look at this cog in the wheel.

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Strength and conditioning Head Coach Charlie Dudley makes no quarrels about it, they are there to support the football program by adding to players talents.

"Our number one goal is to enhance performance potential," said Dudley. "You can always improve and that's what we are looking for."

UTSA's strength and conditioning program consists of four basic principals: increase speed, power, agility. and endurance.

It's literally a labor of love for both players and coaches. Off-season workouts typically begin around 6:00 am with staff game planning at least 30 minutes prior to that.

There are four seasonal periods within which strength and conditioning operates: in-season, off-season, pre-season, and a transitional period.

Currently, UTSA football is in the off-season portion of the regiment. This primarily consists of building strength and explosiveness through various drills.

On this day, various defensive players grinded through a very structured hour long work out which included various stretches and weight workouts.

"Our techniques are based on science," said Dudley. "We don't do things just because another school does it. We do it because it's proven to work."

Every position has a specific performance profile. Staff uses these profiles as a basis for determining goals for each individual player. These performance profiles (combined with individual body fat measurements) is the reason you have seen certain players put on weight, while other players take off weight.

UTSA strength and conditioning is a full-fledged Division 1 program. As a startup, the importance of this aspect of the program cannot be understated as many of the players are the same players who started in the program way back when.

"Here the whole team was developmental," Dudley said about the program starting three years ago. "It was a positive thing because we can start everybody and teach them exactly how we wanted them taught."

In the coming months, the UTSA weight room will be given a significant upgrade that will put the 'Runners on par with other programs across the country.

"Nobody is going to have a better facility in the country," said Dudley. "Others may be bigger but nobody's going to have a better one. Our equipment is going to be the best equipment they make."

The upgrade will make the look and feel of the weight room much better, but it won't necessarily change specific workouts.

"It's mostly for recruiting," said Dudley. "It won't change what we do in here at all. What will change is the aesthetics. But the workouts we're doing, that's not going to change."

As far as the future, it's all about a constant body of work.

"Our goals stay the same," said Dudley. "Whether it's right now or five years from now. It doesn't change what we do."

Dudley has been head strength and conditioning coach since 2010. His staff consists of assistant coaches Travis Reust and Derrick Jenkins. Also many other strength and conditioning staff members play an important role in the success of UTSA Football.

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