Strength and Conditioning
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information  
Release:  08/01/2012

Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
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Rider University Department of Athletics
Strength and Conditioning at the Maurer Center

Strength and conditioning are an important part of athletics. In order for Rider University student-athletes to realize their potential they must not only improve their skill work, but improve physically as well.

Rider Athletics has set in place a strength and conditioning program to help its student-athletes reach their full potential. The end result of this program will make each student-athlete stronger, quicker and faster while helping them avoid injuries.

The program is designed to work during the preseason, in season and off season. The sets, repetitions, number of training days, rest time and total exercise can be changed to suit any team at any time of year.

"A very generous donation from Ralph and Kathy Anderson and Family has made it possible for us to provide our student-athletes and coaches with a modern, state of the art, Strength and Conditioning Center," said Rider Director of Athletics Don Harnum. "This first class facility serves all of our 20 athletic programs at a very high level and also serves as a significant recruiting tool for our coaches."

To convert the space previously used as the Rider community's fitness center into a state-of-the-art facility for all 20 of Rider's NCAA Division I varsity athletics teams, major renovations took place in 2005. Those renovations included: the removal of one wall and expansion of the facility from 2,600 to 4,200 square feet; the purchase of new equipment customized with the

Rider logo; installation of a quiet and energy-efficient central air conditioning system; new flooring, a drop ceiling and lighting; improved circuit training flow from station to station; the

transformation of the entrance to the facility; attractively painting all the walls in the Rider University color scheme; and strategically placing logos on the walls to identify the facility as an athletics strength and conditioning center.

This facility now rivals any mid-major strength and conditioning center in the country and will allow Rider to enhance the competitive advantage of its existing programs.

Mission

The mission of the Rider University Strength and Conditioning program is to apply the best practices and approach to training student-athletes in sport specific exercises. In addition, the program aims to maximize competitive effectiveness in each sport while lowering the incidence and severity of injuries sustained in practice or competition.

Methods

This is accomplished in a safe and effective environment utilizing various resistance training regimens and equipment. Our student-athletes use a variety of strength training techniques incorporating the areas of Olympic weightlifting and traditional weightlifting using free weights and machines. We also utilize bands, medicine balls, stability ball training and plyometrics. Another focus is the development of speed, agility and quickness with an emphasis on flexibility, nutrition and metabolic training which are unique to each sport.

In order to ensure that student-athletes are cared for and treated efficiently regarding athletic injuries or illnesses, we work closely with the Rider University Sports Medicine staff to make sure the proper modalities are in place and that exercise modifications to their workout programs are performed.

Goals

To help student-athletes reach their full physical potential and develop the characteristics of a strong work ethic, personal accountability, discipline, team work, and the pursuit of competitive success.

Facility

The Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center opened the fall of 2005. The 4,200 square feet facility contains:

Main Workout Area:

  • Six custom signature series multi-power racks;
  • Six half racks with customized oak and rubber platforms with bumper plate and bar storage for Olympic lifting, squats, and pull ups;
  • Three half racks for bench press, pull up/chin up/dip attachments and weight horns;
  • Three multi-3/4 racks for heavy squatting, bench press, multi-grip pull up/chin up, weight horns, and band attachments for speed training;
  • Nine custom signature line 0-90 degrees dumbbell/barbell benches;
  • Twelve complete sets of rubber bumper plates;
  • Twelve complete sets of vinyl coated steel weight plates;
  • Two sets of vinyl coated dumbbells ranging from 5 to 120 pounds;
  • Fixed weight barbells and rack ranging from 20 to 100 pounds;
  • Two reverse hyper machines;
  • Three signature line glute hams;
  • Plyo boxes, weight sleds, bands, technique boxes, step up boxes and other accessories.

Attached Workout Room:

  • Promaxima dual leg extension/seated leg curl;
  • Promaxima functional trainer;
  • Promaxima dual hack squat/ leg press;
  • Hammer Strength dual chest/back;
  • Promaxima dual lat pull/seated row;
  • Three Woodway treadmills;
  • Three cycle ergometers;
  • Two Precor elliptical machines;

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Gerry Green

Gerry Green came to Rider in 1987 to help establish the Rider University Fitness Center.

In 1998, Green became a certified strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and began training several of the Rider varsity athletic teams while serving as the director of the fitness center. Green holds other certifications from USA Weightlifting as a certified sports performance coach and is a certified specialist in speed and explosion from the National Association of Speed and Explosion.

In the fall of 2005, he became the first fulltime strength and conditioning coordinator for the Rider Department of Athletics. As the coordinator, Green works with the majority of the athletic teams at Rider University.

Green graduated from West Chester State College in 1981 with a degree in Health and Physical Education. He received a Master's of Business Administration from Rider University in 1994.  As a student-athlete, Green was a two-year letter winner in soccer and also lettered in track and field.

Green has published articles and has co-authored a sport specific weight training book entitled "Winning Weight Training for Girls". He resides in Morrisville, Pa. with his wife Melody and sons Gerry Jr. and Timothy and daughter Kaitlin.


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