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Groton-Dunstable Strength & Conditioning Club

Under the supervision of Coach Phil Unger, students participate in the Strength & Conditioning Club held at Groton-Dunstable RHS. Back: L-R: Coach Unger, Jacob Gilbert, Dylan Paradis, Toby Strauss, Jake Strauss, Jordan Strauss. Front: Jenna Beauchain, Eilish Ferrara, Lauren Phelps. Photo by Robert Mingolelli

 

Coach Phil Unger instructs Jacob Gilbert at the Strength and Conditioning club currently taking place at the high school. Photo by Robert Mingolelli

 

Jake Strauss works out using the kettlebell at the Groton-Dunstable Strength & Conditioning Club. Photo by Robert Mingolelli

 

By Robert Mingolelli
 
Wednesday, July 15, weather wise, as comfortable as you could hope for, mid 70’s, sparkling sunshine, perfect for the Groton-Dunstable Strength & Conditioning Club. The group meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the entire summer on the upper field at Groton-Dunstable Re- gional High School and is coached by high school Physical/Behavioral Health teacher Phil Unger.
     I spent an hour observing a session, which was structured but with a comfortable atmosphere, with those involved taking directions regarding the exercises.
     Throughout the class, Coach Unger would constantly interact, showering encouragement, correction and positive feedback. I refrained from taking part in the exercises to keep from embarrassing myself!
     Under the supervision of Coach Unger, students focus on proper kinetics and how they apply to human health and movement both on and off the field of play. This is taught through a series of exercises ranging from weight lifting, to plyometrics, and core-focused movements and poses. The results of proper instruction and execution of these
drills and exercise lead to a decrease in the occurrences of potential sports injuries, increases in physical performance (strength, power, flexibility, range of motion, balance, and core stability), added confidence not only physically but socially, and an overall healthier body and mind.
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