Cutting Edge Training

Sept. 1, 2005

Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 1) -- The strength and conditioning program at Loyola Marymount University has become a primary piece in its quest to Building Champions. The program has taken a huge step into become one of the top strength and conditioning programs with the new direction established by Head Strength Coach Rick Stassi and Assistant Strength Coach Todd Sutker.

Under the direction of Stassi and Sutker, the LMU strength and conditioning will make a huge step into becoming one of the top programs in the nation as they have formed a partnership with Frappier Acceleration Sports Training (FAST). "FAST is by far the top speed and power training program in the world," said Stassi.

State-of-the-art equipment from Frappier Acceleration Sports Training arrived the week of Aug. 29, giving the Lions' weight room a whole new look for the 2005-06 season. LMU is one of just several to feature this cutting edge training system.

FAST is a complex and systemic curriculum that brings together key components of improved speed, agility and overall athletic performance. Throughout the training period, specific attention is give to spring mechanics, neuromuscular coordination, muscle physiology, anaerobic and aerobic conditioning for the specific purpose of improving performance. More than 200,000 athletes around the world, including those from the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL, have participated in the program. Some of the professional athletes who use the system regularly are Heather Mitts (Professional Soccer Player), Jason Kreis (Professional Soccer Player), Dan O'Brien (Olympic Decathlon Athlete), Cris Carter (All-Pro Wide Receiver), Shaun Alexander (Seattle Seahawks), Darin Erstad (Anaheim Angels) and Brett Hull (Detroit Red Wings).

The partnership with Frappier includes their state-of-the-art equipment and training techniques. ""With the Frappier Acceleration Program, all of the student-athletes here at LMU will reach their genetic ceiling for speed, quickness and strength," said Stassi.

With the program in place, Stassi and Sutker have developed goals for the student-athletes that implement a plan to advance each athlete. The development of each athlete is focused so they may reach their athletic potential. The training through Frappier's program will be enhanced through proper training in strength, conditioning, flexibility, agility, nutrition and rest. The program assesses each athlete's strengths and weaknesses in those areas and customizes each program to meet individual needs.

Like the rest of the LMU campus where individual attention is the norm and not the exception, strength and conditioning strives on that philosophy. With the programs in place, the staff works with the athlete and the coaches to give specialized individual attention to ensure proper growth for the athlete and the sport.

Every workout is supervised with daily attention given to the athlete to assure progression. The programs are also designed to limit injury to the student-athlete while in action.

The strength and conditioning program will get a major upgrade to its equipment this year thanks to the arrangement with Frappier. The Lions will continue to work in the nearly 1,000-square foot facility in Gersten Pavilion. In addition, the student-athletes workout in the 8,000-square foot weight and fitness training facility within the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center, which opened in 2000.





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