VIDEO: Inside a Winter Workout with Nittany Lion Fotball
Jan. 25, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Before most of campus began to stir for the final workday of the week, Penn State Football had more than 90 minutes of conditioning activity on the turf inside Holuba Hall and the Lasch Building weight room wrapped up.
With temperatures in the single digits and the wind chill below zero, the Nittany Lions held their weekly 5:30 a.m. full-team run indoors on Friday. Rotating between six stations, the Lions moved at a swift pace under the direction of strength coach Craig Fitzgerald. The workout stations included a sled push-pull, three speed and agility rotations, a giant tire flip and the ultra-competitive "Tug" where two players grab a plastic saucer-like device with two handles on it and engage in a tug of strength.
The highlight of the morning was a series of wrestling matches pitting one member of the offense against one member of the defense with Fitzgerald refereeing the action.
Following the conditioning work indoors, the full team moved into the weight room for a 60-minute upper body weight lifting session. Following Friday's 5:30 a.m. team run and lift, the Nittany Lions are three weeks into its offseason strength and conditioning program.
The players are currently lifting on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and the full-team lift on Friday, in addition to the Friday 5:30 a.m. run. Fitzgerald has been pleased with the progress the Nittany Lions have made after three weeks of winter conditioning.
Spring practice begins in 52 days.