REED CITY - Practices started this week for Reed City but last week's dead time illustrated how important life in the weight room remains for football players. During last week's deadtime, players were still allowed to condition and lift weights on their own. Fullback Jon Green was among the faithful weight-lifters continuing his summer routine. He said he lifts weights three to four times a week during the summer and during the school year, five to six times a week. While he's in the weight room, Green bench presses, squats and partakes in other lifts. Weightlifting routines, along with making a athlete stronger, "makes you faster and less injury prone," Green said. It's his third year of following this routine. He also has some weights at home. Green runs track in the spring and wrestles in the winter. Weight-lifting especially benefits him in football, he said. This week "we go into more of a regular practice," he said. Football coach Monty Price said he's been pleased with his team's weight-room habits and attendance. The last few years, the kids have bought into the pitch that a bigger, faster and strong player makes a better player and makes a more successful player, Price said. "In the last three years, we've had our best participating in the summer program. I think that's a direct result of our success." The Coyotes have been 9-0 the past two regular seasons.