Athletic Performance

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Ultimate Goal

Develop our student athletes as people and players to maximize their potential on and off the field of competition. We want to build resiliency in both mind and body to guide our athletes on their path to becoming the best they can be.

What We Believe

1. High Character, Low Ego

Character drives the process, the process drives habits. To become the best teammate/employee/spouse/parent you can be, you must be intentional in developing your character. Low ego means putting your team first and being coachable.

2. Purpose

Every time you step into a training session we are asking for the absolute best you have to give that day. We teach our athletes to consistently focus on the small things like technique and intent. Everything we do has a purpose, we cannot build the habit of just going through the motions. Increasing intent is one of the quickest ways to see improvement.

3. Energy and Effort

We strive to create an atmosphere for our athletes that will foster excitement and the desire to come back and work hard the next training session. This means putting on upbeat music, performing every rep with full intent, displaying positive body language, and encouraging our athletes to get excited over each other's success. We want this to be the best part of our athletes day.

4. Cultivate Relationships

Honest relationships between coach and athlete as well as between teammates is a critical component to success. Once we learn where we have been as individuals and where we want to go, we create a level of trust that allows us all to push further than ever before.

Training Philosophy

1. Multi-joint—3-D Movements

Multi-joint movement's recruit and activate more muscle fibers which provide structural support and stability needed to produce greater muscular force. Injury reduction is a big reason why we strength train, and this is why we will always choose free weights and cables that allow three-dimensional movement over machines.

2. Balanced Programming

Balance with pulling and pushing exercises. The best way to reduce the chance of a shoulder, hip or knee injury is to have balance between upper/lower pulling and pushing.

3. High-Quality Reps

How an athlete develops is closely related to how they train. How you train is a reflection of the quality and intent of every single repetition. Every single day we train, we are obsessed with the quality of each rep.

4. Progressive Individualized Training Plan

Every single training session there will be specific goals. Each athlete has their own training card and folder where every session of an athlete's entire career will be tracked and monitored. This helps with accountability, recovery, and long-term athletic development.

5. The Basics

Consistently training and mastering the basics over and over. There are hundreds of different exercises and drills out there; we will pick the absolute best exercises and drills that will give our athletes the highest return in a progressive manner to make sure they master each movement.

View Staff

Our Athletic Performance staff, led by Coach Jenicke, is the edge that allows us to maximize our student-athletes' potential at a level much higher than our competition. It's not just what this staff does, it's how they do it, that makes us special in this area of our athletic programs here at Luther.

—Caleb Padilla (Head Football Coach)