June 22, 2012
Moffat County High School students Owen Nichols (left) and Michael Samuelson participate in the “reverse lunge” to help stretch and warm up for the BEAST training session Thursday. BEAST is being taught by MCHS graduate and Colorado Mesa University strength and conditioning coach Daniel Linsacum with the aim of education athletes about proper strength training.
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In high school sports, being stronger and faster than your opponents becomes more important. Whereas in elementary and middle school sports the victors are often the athletes that are the biggest, most mature or most skilled due to practice, at the high school level strength and conditioning training become vital aspects of preparation as well. Having a stellar set of post moves won’t help a forward in high school basketball if he can’t contend with his opponents down low. Even if an athlete can spike a ball harder than anyone else, it won’t matter if she’s worn down by the fourth set and losing power. That’s why the Moffat County Booster Club had Colorado Mesa University strength and conditioning coach Daniel Linsacum, an MCHS graduate, come to Moffat County High School Thursday and Friday give middle and high school students a run through his BEAST training session.