Strength & Conditioning
The strength and conditioning program at Woodward Academy is headed up by full-time certified strength coach Ty McCard. This program was put in place to help our athletes improve their strength and speed so that they could keep pace with the high level of athletic competition in GA’s high school sports. Most students will receive an individualized, written work out that is designed to help them achieve progressive gains. These work outs can be tailored to focus on strength and muscle development, speed and agility, flexibility and injury prevention.
Students have two ways of working out under the supervision of the coach and receiving an individual work out. An athlete can sign-up for a weightlifting class during the school day, or work out with a team sport after school. There are seven Upper School Personal Fitness classes offered during the school day. The first one is held daily at 7:00 am. The rest correlate with the daily academic schedule. For more about Personal Fitness, visit the PE curriculum page.
After school, the strength coach works with athletic teams that are scheduled at different times. Helping these groups takes priority over training individual students.
Gene Whitner Milner III '04 Weight Room Policies:
- The Weight Room is closed during lunch.
- Students of Woodward Academy are able to use the weight room after school from 3:15 until 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday, and 3:15 until 4:30 pm on Friday.
- The weight room is open to all faculty and staff during normal hours of operation.
- Middle School students should check in with the desk to receive permission to use the facilities.
- If a student comes in individually without a scheduled group or team, he or she will be monitored, but may not be under the direct instruction of the coach or receive a written work out.
- If at any time the coach feels like a student is not working, he or she may be asked to leave.
- Proper work out attire and athletic shoes are required.
- With the exception of water bottles, no food or drink is allowed.
There is also a faculty/staff workout room located next door to the main weight room. It is named after Major Bill Curry Major, a physical education instructor and coach. More about the Fitness Center.