Fall athletes gear up for season

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Mike Egebrecht, a former wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in personal training. Egebrecht is Heritage’s strength and conditioning coach, as well as an assistant football coach. He’s here full-time this year, working with PACE students during the day.

Egebrecht began working with a few teams last year, but it wasn’t until this summer that he started Monday-Thursday strengthening workouts with many of the sports. He caters to what skills each sport requires.

“Some lifts were all general but many were specific. A baseball player doesn’t need to get bulky like a football player, so many of their lifts look different. This is the first time we’ve had that,” says Athletic Director Brock Becker.

Before the school year even starts, athletes devote their mornings to these training programs and others.

“Before the season we have pre-season training which happens four times a week in the morning around 6. We have one hour of weights and then one hour of open gym,” says volleyball player Zoe Bibb ‘20.

Cross country runners had 10 weeks of summer practices which included different workouts and runs depending on the day, followed by weight training.

“We had to do weight training right after practice so when we were super sore we would do light workouts or just stretch. But other times they were pretty hard with a lot of balance and strength for what a cross country runner needs,” says runner Kara Sears ‘18.

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Football players encourage their teammate during a lift.

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