Florida Gators Strength and Conditioning Program Helps Land Top Class

by Nate

in Athlete Workouts, Fitness News

Tim Tebow 01 300x213 Florida Gators Strength and Conditioning Program Helps Land Top Class fitness news athlete workouts The Florida Gators signed the top-ranked recruiting class for the second time under head coach Urban Meyer today.  Despite the uproar created when Meyer resigned due to health concerns…then subsequently un-resigned, the Gators signed the second best recruiting class ever according to the Rivals.com rankings.  Much of the Gators success on the recruiting trail comes from the work they do in the weight room.

The October 2009 issue had an outstanding feature on the Gators training program and the master mind behind it all, strength and conditioning coach Mick Marotti.  Here are some of the highlights from the article…

“Coach Meyer and I believe that everything should be done with high intensity,” [Marotti] says. “For the most part, I don’t care about the actual weights the guys put up; I care about effort and attitude. I want to see intensity in every lift.”

The Gators have now compiled a 48-7 record over the last 4 seasons, including 2 National Championships, so Marotti’s program is clearly working…and much of that comes from the expectations he has of the players and their efforts.  “His shouts ricochet around the empty stadium, each word spoken like it was fired out of a machine gun. The players drive their feet through agility drills, 40-yard dashes and wind sprints with parachutes tied to their backs. They’ve been at it for almost an hour, and despite the fact that many players are struggling to breathe, not one of them doubles over in exhaustion because Gators don’t do that.”

“When you’re being recruited, they let you know the level of intensity expected of you in the weight room. They make it clear that this is the hardest lifting program in the country,” [Paul] Wilson says.

All-everything quarterback Tim Tebow even credits the strength and conditioning program for his arrival in Gainesville.  “Coach Mick was a big reason why I came to Florida,” Tebow says, drenched in sweat after having just finished a Marotti one-on-one training session. “I thrive on the hardest workouts. I love it. That’s why I came here.”

gatorstireflip 300x199 Florida Gators Strength and Conditioning Program Helps Land Top Class fitness news athlete workouts “Will Hill was named to the 2008 Parade All-America team as a high school senior, giving him carte blanche over his choice of where to play college ball. When asked why he chose UF, he gestures to the facility he’s standing in. ‘I’m self-driven, and when I was being recruited by Florida, I thought, This is where the best people are working out, so that’s where I have to be. It played a big part in my coming here,’ Hill says. ‘I was strong when I came here, but I wasn’t as tough. We train for mental and physical toughness. They push us so hard in the weight room that we have no choice but to get tougher.’”

And here’s the best line of them all…summing up just how intense the Gator workouts are, “Once the sun peeks over the scoreboard at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in the heart of the University of Florida campus, the football team is working so hard the grass needs Gatorade.”

With a culture this strong it’s no wonder the best recruits in the country are flocking to Gainesville.

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