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Strength and Conditioning

Strength and speed training has become a vital part of on the field success in sport. Ravenscroft’s Strength and Conditioning program is focused on developing young athletes to be highly competitive in their sport. Under the guidance of a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, athletes train to increase endurance, strength, speed, and power as well as sport specific abilities.

The basis for the program is rooted in sport and exercise science as well as Olympic lifting and functional movement preparation. The goal is to increase sport performance and minimize the risk of sport related injuries. Athletes in grades 7 through 12 are introduced to our strength and conditioning program through planned team workouts during their sport season and are encouraged to participate in an off season program when not participating in a team sport.

Weight Room

  • Comfort and safety: With new slip-resistant flooring and the addition of air conditioning, the weight room is now safer for all student-athletes.
  • Open spaces: The new rack system enables more workout options within a smaller footprint. Open spaces will allow more students to use the facility at one time.

  • More options: The versatility of the new rack system also allows for a broader range of exercise options. Each of the eight racks allows for benching, squatting and deadlifts and includes a set of dumbbells.

  • Inclusiveness: A wider variety of dumbbell sizes and the addition of smaller barbells means more athletes will feel comfortable in the new space.

  • Updated amenities: An upgraded sound and TV system and enhanced lighting elevates the user experience, making workouts more enjoyable and increasing the likelihood that student-athletes will choose to work out here.

About the Coordinator: Mark Whittington, II, MBA, BA, CSCS, CPT, XPS, TTS, Pn1

ISSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist 
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
EXOS Certified Performance Specialist
EXOS Certified Fitness Specialist
EXOS Certified Tactical Training Systems Specialist
Precision Nutrition Certified - Level 1
BioForce Certified Conditioning Coach 
Applied Neuroscience for Peak Performance (EXOS Cont. Ed.)
Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Framework (EXOS Cont. Ed.)

Coach Whittington has an extensive background as both a former athlete in high school and briefly in college and a sports performance coach for over a decade. He played football at Scotland High School and briefly at North Carolina A&T State University. Over the past decade, Coach Whittington has worked directly with athletes of all ages, in all sports. He has experience in working with some of the top Sports Performance Businesses in the world such as Parisi Speed School, EXOS, and Velocity. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (ISSA) and both a Certified Performance Coach and Tactical Training Specialist (EXOS).