While weight room staff organizes in-season and off-season training for AQ athletic teams, there are other opportunities for student participation.
Speed and agility training is offered in two sessions after school in the Field House on Wednesdays and Fridays. Session I is from 3:20 - 3:45 p.m. and is geared toward middle school students. Session II is from 3:50 - 4:15 p.m. and is geared toward high school students. Students will work on techniques to improve speed, quickness and agility.
The all-girls training group is open to girls in grades 7-12 with a focus on off-season athletes, but any female student interested in improving her health is welcome. The group trains Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:50 - 5:00 p.m. and offers a mix of speed and agility, and weight lifting training.
The 6th grade training group meets Wednesdays and Fridays until 4:00 p.m. This group focuses on safety, form, and weight room etiquette. They also have a lot of fun!
These programs are essential to the health and athletic success of students and student-athletes. Aquinas' weight room staff is trained on the most up-to-date and effective training techniques, which saves families time and money by not having to pursue training elsewhere. In-season lifting is required and off-season lifting, while not required, is expected. Please encourage your child to join a group!
The Iron Shamrock Club is an incentive and rewards-based strength building motivation program for student athletes. The incentive program will reward athletes for meeting strength standards. The ultimate aim is that the opportunity to reach the highest level will encourage student athletes to take their training more seriously - as well as enlighten them on what it takes to become an elite athlete. The program is based on relative strength calculations on 1 RPM on 4 key lifts. Relative strength calculation allows all athletes - male and female - of all body types and levels, the reasonable ability to reach at least one of the 4 standards: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Elite.
The 4 standards are set based on the body weight of the athlete therefore, not only are the standards attainable, but also serve as a powerful tracking tool of an athlete’s progress as he/she moves through the program. It is reasonable and attainable that by the time they leave Aquinas, that a majority of athletes will attain Advanced Standards. While fewer will possibly attain Elite level, the journey for athletes trying to attain this level will benefit their health and strengthen our sports programs. Athletes will need to make 3 out of 4 lifts at a level in order to qualify for that level. While this program is designed for student athletes, it is open to all students looking to improve their fitness levels. For more information, please see Mr. LeBeau.