Mustangs are excited about their summer conditioning
Milwaukie has averaged 70 athletes a day in its movement dynamics program
Milwaukie High School athletes are buying into the schools movement dynamics program, introduced to the school by Milwaukie football coach Jon Wolf last summer.
Its going a lot better this year, said Wolf. We average 70 a day for three sessions. Thats up by 20 over last year.... I dont think well win a league championship this year, but well be better. The kids are working harder, and theyre getting better.
The free movement dynamic sessions, which combine agility training and strength conditioning, have been running at the high school all summer, from 8 to 10 a.m., 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
They are also held as an elective during the school year, with six different classes scheduled for the upcoming semester.
Tui Tuitele, who competes in football and track and field, has become a regular during the summer training sessions, and he believes they are making a difference.
Its making me and everyone else a better athlete, Tuitele says. Its making us faster and stronger. You feel it and you see it. You can lift more and fun faster and longer.
Tuitele, who has had scholarship offers from Missouri, Miami, Pacific, Linfield and Portland State, says he now does three reps at 255 pounds in the power clean, where a year ago he was at 205 pounds.
Tuitele says that last spring his best mark in the discus was 124-6. He anticipates hell be able to launch the discus close to 150 feet next spring.
Tuitele says its not just football players who are taking advantage of the movement dynamics workouts.
Last year it was mostly football players, Tuitele says. Now its like people from almost every sport. Weve got drama students, cheerleaders and dance team. Everyone wants to come and work out now. Even some teachers.
I used to get pushed around a lot in basketball, said Chelsea Brooks, who has taken advantage of the movement dynamics program for the past two summers. That doesnt happen so much anymore. Ive gotten stronger and now Im more stable. Im more on-balance if someone tries to push me over.
Brooks says four or five of her teammates from the girls basketball program have joined her at this summers movement dynamics workouts.
Its different from sports specific workouts and its not just for football players, said Wolf. The main deal is to improve athleticism. Were teaching them as sprinters; were teaching them as athletes. How to train and perform. Agility, stability, mobility, posture and balance.
Wolf said the weight-room part of the workout isnt just to build strength.
We do a lot clean and jerk, snatch, push jerks and power cleans. Even overhead squats, and thats a difficult exercise.
Wolf said the motion dynamics program at Milwaukie is a scaled down version of the fitness program used by University of Oregon coach Jim Radcliffe.
We started it at Gladstone High School in 2005 and its made a big difference there, Wolf said. Athletes in every sport believe in it and do it and thats why Gladstones become so successful in athletics.
Just like at Gladstone, weve got good athletes here at Milwaukie. Were making them better and improving their work ethic and athleticism. And I believe that just like at Gladstone, they will become more successful.
Gladstone had 44 athletes in its movement dynamics program in the second summer of the program there. During the following school year, Gladstone boys and girls soccer, football and softball teams all advanced as far as the state quarterfinals, Gladstones girls basketball team went 12-0 in conference and advanced to a state final for the first time in school history, the boys and girls track teams both placed in the top five at state, the baseball team won a conference title, and the girls golf team won district for the first time in school history.
Gladstone won its first state championship in football in three decades last fall.
Gladstone football coach Jon Jedrykowski says the turnout for movement dynamics at that school is averaging around 120 athletes this summer, with just over half of participants football players.
Our goal is to improve our athletes overall athleticism and we firmly believe this program helps make athletes more competitive, Wolf said. This program is based on building the core and we know that helps in overall strength, and with an athletes ability to move and function as an athlete.