I spent Thursday night, Oct. 9th, on the field and in the stands watching Wake Forest pull out a 12-7 win versus Clemson in a battle of two ACC heavyweights. This win was the second "come from behind" Wake Forest performance. After watching the 4-1 Demon Deacons up close and in person I now have a better understanding of why they are able to close out a game with the same level of performance as they start each game. Simply put, I feel that they are one of the best conditioned football teams on the collegiate stage. For those of you who have not yet looked into the Wake Forest Strength & Conditioning program
, take some time to do so. Ethan Reeve, Wake Forest's Director of Strength and Conditioning and one of only 70 "Master Strength and Conditioning" Coaches in the country, uses his background as a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler and strength & conditioning professional to train his athletes in a very sport specific manner. Simply put, Ethan trains his athletes based on the sport(s) he or she plays. In the case of his football players, he employs unique workouts designed to mimic the specific physical stresses and specific periods of recovery a football player will experience throughout the course of a game. To this extent Ethan is a strong believer in the benefit of "kettle balls
" when preparing a football player to compete. In an age when most programs stress the basics: bench press, squat and power clean, it's nice to see emphasis being placed on alternative means of developing functional strength. Scroll down in the attached link
and you will find a detailed synopsis of Ethan's strength & conditioning philosophy.