Coach Tereshinski would tell you what Georgia’s strength and conditioning program is up to now, but then he’d have to kill you.
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Hopefully there is a lot of puking and running them “til their tongues hang out.” We’re going to need it when we kick off against Boise.
Agree wholeheartedly. And we’ll need it even more in the 4th quarter.
Bear in mind that game is in air conditioned comfort.
That is a very good observation. I sure wish we could play their Pacific Northwest asses outside at 1:30 pm.
Would somebody suggest to Coach Richt that he practice the players outdoors for a couple of days before the game, and prohibit showers and remove all the toilet paper from their bathrooms. He doesn’t have to ride to Atlanta with them.
And I think a nice touch would be a meal of beans and cabbage before the game.
I have no idea if the S&C changes are going to make a lot of difference. I was skeptical about promoting from within, and I’m ready to admit that I was wrong. I do like the sound of what I’m hearing from the folks in the weightroom.
Really, though, I think the best thing we could do in an area like that is to bring home some of our greatest players, greatest leaders, and put them in a position to work alongside our current players. When you’re talking about Tony Gilbert, Kendrell Bell, Thomas Brown, and Verron Haynes, you’re not only talking about guys that fought hard and gave their all for Georgia, but also people that love Georgia in a way that only former athletes can love Georgia. Even Mark Richt probably can’t love the school as much as the guys who actually put it on the line physically for the school. They were great leaders as players, the kind of leaders that the past few years seemed to lack. And the important thing is, unlike John Kasay and JT2, they’re young enough for the current players to remember. Our guys saw these men play for Georgia and play in the NFL. There’s a kind of credibility with that which I think can’t be underestimated. If you’re at the end of a workout and you’ve got a charsimatic leader, someone you respect as a fellow Bulldog brother urging you to work through it, that’s got to help, right?
Dang it. I just went against my edict for the offseason and bought into the strength and conditioning hype.
charismatic, that is.
Thanks for this. Can’t blame you for buying into the S&C hype, because it’s pretty clear there’s a new attitude. Coach T doesn’t need to divulge specifics, because it’s obvious things are being done differently (new personnel, new physiques, etc.). They’re right to focus on conditioning and preparation for the fourth quarter. “Finish the Drill” had become an empty saying. This sport is so brutal and complex – it demands mental and physical strength. Here’s to hoping we see a lot more of both this fall.
Right on. “Finish the drill” had become an empty saying and now maybe they are getting back to what it really meant.
That’s my feelings on it as well. It’s hard to not remain skeptic and wait to see if it makes a definite difference on the field, but there is a different tone around S&C. For one, the presence of these faithful alumni with a practically religious investment in wanting to see their Alma Mater succeed gives confidence that no one, NO ONE, will strive harder to push these boys to their limits.
As far as “we’re training for football now,” I don’t know what we were training for before, but I like the attitude of Joe T.
I’m not 100% sure but I think training for football would be explosive repetitive motions rather than bulk up, max out, and taper off as with Olympic Training that was the training method last year. One could argue that Olympic Training is analogous to how UGA performed in games last year. Bulking up, maxing out, and tapering off in the fourth quarter.
I don’t know much about S&C, but it sounds like Coach T’s method is that and exactly that, in that exact order: bulk up and get strong in the spring, condition in the summer. Pack on the muscle, then sculpt that muscle into a football machine. And for the love of Uga, monitor what these boys are eating! I can’t believe we’ve gone so long with any kind of nutrition regime.
In the end, we won’t know the real results until September, but I’m grateful that we’re trying something different.
Honestly, I don’t want to know. It is enough for me thaqt there is a change. What it is exactly is irrelevant. We won’t know if it is relevant until August at the earliest, maybe the end of October. What I would like to see: a team that plays four foul quarters, AND a team that reduces its frequency of odd muscle injuries. I have long thought that strength training that focuses on bulk muscle is just asking for a muscle tear or strain.
I have a mental picture something like this:
The secret training regimen consisted of this:
JT: Herschels here today Isaiah so I’m gonna need you to get the the ring.
IC: You’re kidding right?
JT: I’m gonna need you to get in the ring.
JT: GET IN THE (blank, blankety, blank, blankety, blank, blank, blank) RING!
HW: Come get you’re whuppin’!
Apparently IC ran so fast and far that he was found 7 minutes later in Conyers puking and asking for directions to Columbus. 10 minutes later Herschel arrived back in athens with IC on piggyback having spent 8 minutes convincing him that they were just kidding.
Didn’t several UGA weight lifting records get broken last year? Plus, i believe Jeff Owens Had highest bench press reps at the draft 2 years ago. I agree we need better conditioning, and overall weight training. But I don’t think one season of offseason workouts is any magic bullet. UGAs problem is mumtifactorial. I think discipline in S&C and on the field must be demanded from the top (CMR). Let’s see if it happens.
An entire off-season of workouts can make a DRAMATIC difference.
I agree that the effect of the change may not show up in an immediate dramatic increase in wins, but I do think an approach that focuses on conditioning (meaning lift until you feel like death would be a better alternative) is a significant step in the right direction and can pay off in on the field improvement this season. There is a difference between seeking high bench maxes and seeking toughness and endurance. Doing 50 reps of 80% of your max is quite different than warming up, pressing 500 lbs. and going home. Sure the latter shows youre strong, for a play maybe, but it won’t do much good for you on play 60. I think that there are a lot of reasons that this team has struggled but the one area they can control is getting tougher. My guess is that were going to see a lot more energetic, physical football team this season.
“There is a difference between seeking high bench maxes and seeking toughness and endurance. Doing 50 reps of 80% of your max is quite different than warming up, pressing 500 lbs. and going home. ”
…that pretty much nails it. But I hear that even 50 is a low amount of reps under the new program.
Everything you say seems reasonable. I have never observed how the football team trains or how the new regime is changing things. However, the last few years I have seen a general lethargy / apathy / lack of discipline that seems to transcend just S&C. I’m hoping we have righted our path with the coaching / staff changes over the past 2 years. I hope you are right and this is an improved program and it translates to dominating in the 4th Quarter and many more wins! Will be an interesting year for the Dawgs and Richt & Co.
“the last few years I have seen a general lethargy / apathy / lack of discipline that seems to transcend just S&C.”
Best evaluation of our state-of-affairs that I’ve read, anywhere.
Yes Jeff lifted a lot of weight but if you think back to Jeff playing the game Jeff was good for two maybe three plays then he either disappeared on the field or they took him out for a blow. you only have to look back at the LSU game to see we didn’t even slow them down on the last drive. I know the days of specialization are upon us and players are put in and taken out on a situational basis but the last two years we were out of condition to play 4 quarters and it showed.
I’d like to hear what the boys are doing, because sport specific strength and conditioning fascinates me. Now, we know lifting for football are going to be radically different than lifting for say, basketball or mixed martial arts. Hopefully, Coach T keeps up with the latest S&C trends and keeps the guys out of their comfort zones. I know when I changed up my workouts a couple of years ago, I saw dramatic differences, and saw them pretty quickly.
There is nothing like an off-season workout program that has guys on the same page, working they’re butt off, giving it all they have…plus 1, puking, passing out, etc. It builds individual character, team camaraderie, and responsibility. I say all that to say, once you have established that off-season accountability, you don’t have to worry about the effort you will get on a Saturday in September. I have not seen that kind of team at UGA in a long time.
I don’t care, having some of these pretty legendary DAWGs in the house , I mean some of these SEC CHAMPION DAWGS, is only going to be a positive. Imagine being slack in front of Thomas Brown.
Coach: “Young man, who do you play for?”
Out of Breath Player: ” Georgia.”
Coach: “Do Georgia Bulldogs sprint like ladies trying to keep they dresses from flapping in the wind?”
OoBP: ” No, sir!”
Coach: “Do Georgia Bulldogs lift like they havin’ aft-uh-noon tea?”
OoBP: “NO, SIR!”
Coach: “Well, who do you play for then? Tennessee, maybe?”
OoBP: “GEORGIA, SIR!!”
Coach: “OK, but you slack again, I’m gonna put you in a white & orange checkered dress and call you Tina. Tina Tennessee.”
Pass the Kool Aide please…
The legs feed the wolf. We’ll see soon enough; you can’t hide it.
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