Strength & Conditioning
Year-Round Volleyball-Specific Classes
Head Trainer: JR Prieto-Romero
JR has always had an enhanced interest and passion for sports and fitness. From a heavily competitive athlete, to an exercise science student, to a coach and trainer now - sports and fitness have always been a part of his life. It was his love and passion for weight training that drove him to the world of strength and conditioning and sports performance as a means to not only enhance athletic performance, but more importantly, prevent injuries before they occur.
JR interests and his own experience in strength and conditioning motivates him to continuously educate himself in athletic performance and injury prevention, expanding my knowledge through conferences, clinics, and obtaining other certifications. JR has had many opportunities to work with diverse populations ranging from high school athletes to senior citizens.
JR believes that you practice what you preach and the best way to improve yourself is to step outside of your comfort zone. Anything can be achieved with structure, patience, and discipline. His interests and passion to expand his knowledge of all facets of physical fitness is further enhanced by his desire to try and excel in all forms of physical fitness and continue to better himself overall as an athlete, student, and trainer.
JR holds two primary objectives. Injury Prevention then Athletic Performance.
Injury prevention is and should be our biggest priority. It doesn’t matter how great an athlete is if they are not even able to play. Getting the athletes stronger is the best prevention of injuries.
For improving athletic performance, strength training is the primary key. In any sport, the stronger athlete is usually the better athlete. Physical training can and should start as young as 12 and follow a developmental progression through their adolescents.
Younger athletes (11-14) are focused on learning proper movement mechanics (running, jumping, etc.) and general balance, stability, and strength.
Athletes (13-16) are introduced to a higher focus on strength training and endurance.
After a few years of development and training, athletes (15-18) are introduced to higher intense training through general and sport specific strength and power training (power cleans, depths jumps, etc.)
The entire goal of the multi-year training is to maintain the athletes physical and mental health at high levels of performance and to prepare the athlete for the physical and mental demands of a potential collegiate career and/or life after sports.