Kayhi’s cross country Coach Leigh Woodward made an important observation last season.
“I was looking at the differences between Juneau and us and they looked more muscular.”
To make up this difference, Woodward wanted to provide her team and other students the ability to conveniently workout during the off season. Now every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning at 6 a.m, Woodward opens Kayhi’s gym and weight room for students to get a 45 minute workout.
Although the workouts are meant and designed for cross country runners, people who do spring sports see it as an opportunity to get in shape.
“I want to prepare for track,” said senior Alphege Dulay. “I’m already making progress with Woodwards workouts.”
The weight room provides many machines and equipment such as a treadmill, several benches, dumbbells ranging from 5 to 50 pounds, deadlifting weights, as well as benching and squatting stations.
Some however, benefit more from the workout Woodward provides.
“Just all the different kind of training you get out of it is just forces you to work,” said sophomore Morgan Elerding. “And the work is really paying off.”
Woodwards workouts consist of many high rep low weight circuit training, meaning the exercises are meant more for toning muscles and building stamina, instead of gaining mass- more preferable for runners. However Woodward is very lenient with her workouts, and does encourage students to use their preferred weights. Students are seeing a progress with their muscle and running capabilities.
“I’ve seen progress in my squat, bench, upper body and overall tone,” said Dulay. “I have bigger fast twitch muscles which is vital for my upcoming track season.”
Each workout session is roughly 45 minutes consisting of a 5 minute warm up, 25 to 30 minutes of Woodwards exercises, and the remaining time is left for students to freely use in the weight room. Students find Woodwards workout schedule to be very convenient. It’s not mandatory and does not conflict with most students and their free time. Woodward and other participants encourage students to join.
“I just go in and work out those days to just try to stay in shape as much as I possibly can,” said Elerding. “It’s nice to be with a group of people because they rely on you to show up which motivates me to go.”