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Wellness Wednesday: Weight Room Construction Is Underway

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Construction is fully underway in the weight room at Redskins Park in Loudoun County, Va., as new lifting stations are being added.

When hired by the Redskins in late January to be the team's new strength and conditioning coach, Mike Clark wanted to ensure some of his weight lifting methods were fully in place by the time players return for offseason workouts.

Central to that is an emphasis on the usage of free weights and Olympic-style lifting opposed to machines.

"As far as the furniture, we're spreading out and putting two more platforms in so we'll have eight of them. We're just going to train dynamically on our feet," Clark told Larry Michael, Voice of the Redskins, on "Redskins Nation" recently. "World-class athletes train on their feet dynamically. So, we're going to train -- at least 80 percent of what we do will be done on our feet."

As for the specific lifts, the goal is that it'll increase players' all-around performance in the gym.

"We use the Olympic lifts to become more powerful and explosive," said Clark, who was inducted into the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003. "We'll bench press but I don't know if we'll do less or more…We will do a lot of pressing on our feet – overhead press, we'll do some kneeling, one arm dumbbell press."




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