“We are going to a universal workout for boys and girls [involved in MISD sports], that way we are developing the kids physically,” Belding said, describing the program as “cross-fit training, helping them get faster, stronger and more agile.”
He said staff trained with a man in Killeen who designed the program, aligned for grades seven through 12. Belding said there are some changes in the high school program, for instance, the middle school students don’t use weights, but their program focuses on speed, agility and core training.
“It takes into consideration developmental readiness for age,” he explained, adding that the program also trains kids on what they need to do and why and it takes place during the athletic period. For instance, Belding said basketball players do the program with football players.
“We started with the boys last January and we saw a tremendous amount of improvement with them,” he noted.
He added that they were able to obtain equipment – some purchased and some built – that augments the program.