Pine River football players focus on weight-lifting

Weight lifting: Pine River football players have been lifting weights on a steady basis. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
Weight lifting: Pine River football players have been lifting weights on a steady basis. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

LEROY — New Pine River football coach Terry Martin is a strong believer that success in sports begins in the weight room.

Last Thursday, as the Bucks were getting ready for the start of practices this week, Martin’s players were busy working out in the weight room.

“We’ve had the weight room open three times a week in the month of July,” he said. “We’ve had a good group of probably 20 kids that have been to just about everything, all of our camps and weight-lifting sessions.”

Martin was anticipating having numbers in the mid-20s for both varsity and JVs. He stressed the importance of players entering the practice season with a strong weight room routine.

“It’s real important,” he said. “Obviously, the more effort you put into something, the harder it is to give up on that. It’s injury prevention and the overall strength, to condition our bodies before you start.”

The physical demands on one’s body makes it critical to weight-lift for football season, Martin indicated.

“Wrestling, same thing,” said Martin, also the assistant wrestling coach.

Michael Jones, a junior, was among the avid participants in weight-lifting. He plays guard and defensive end.

“This is my first one this season but last year I used to do it a lot more,” he said. “I wish I could make it to more. I lift at home sometimes. It’s really important, you have to stay strong and fit for football.”

As a guard, “you want your legs strong so you can stay in position,” Jones said. “You want your arms strong so you can defend the quarterback and keep the guys away.”

Jones anticipates being in the weightroom a lot as the season progresses.