For nine years now, Brusly High athletes have participated in mandatory summer workouts.
Both male and female athletes in all sports, unless they are participating in other summer programs, come to the Brusly High School weight room Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. Athletes complete weight and conditioning workouts for their respective sports.
Athletes of all sports and grades work out together as a unit. The coaches have found multiple benefits in the setup. Student-athletes don’t practice plays and schemes for their respective sports but instead, work on conditioning drills and weight training to maintain physical fitness during the off-season.
“The athletes have more coaches working with them and they learn an appreciation and respect for each other regardless of what sport they play,” head football coach Hoff Schooler said.
Although mandatory summer workouts have been implemented for nearly a decade, the Panther athletes received the benefit of a new weight room just a few years ago. The upgraded facility has allowed for improved performance in the summer workout program.
“Yes, the workouts are mandatory, but the workouts are not a punishment. They are meant to make our athletic teams better,” Brusly High School athletic director Tait Dupont said. “We want our student-athletes to compete at a high level and the summer workouts help us to do that.”