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Strength and conditioning camp helps Rhinelander athletes stay in shapeSubmitted: 06/16/2020
Andrew Goldstein
Andrew Goldstein
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agoldstein@wjfw.com

Strength and conditioning camp helps Rhinelander athletes stay in shape
RHINELANDER - Strength and conditioning day is usually an athlete's least favorite part of the job, but after months indoors, Rhinelander's junior competitors will take what they can get.

"When I get home, I'm like 'I wish it was every day of the week,'" said high school student Ava Lamers. "It's definitely nice to be able to be with people and be pushed by other people around you."

Most of them haven't been around many people outside of their families for months, which makes a twice-per-week strength and conditioning camp a sight for sore eyes and a source of sore calves.

"I've been able to lift and work out in my basement but we haven't been able to do like large runs and sprints," said workout participant Joseph Heck. "We've got parachutes and sleds here, so it's a really good thing to do."


Usually, strength coach Nathan Bates works with anywhere from 12 to 15 kids. This year, almost thirty have been coming to every session.

"It's good for your body and your immune system and everything else to get out and keep active and get out in the sun," Bates said. "It's not good to be cooped up all the time."

The camp isn't just about getting active.

It's a chance to re-connect with friends, which can be even more valuable.

"Sports are a big part of my life and so being able to get back out here and see people again is really fun," Lamers said.

Campers are often split into smaller groups for workouts and told to stay six feet apart while waiting in line.

The workouts run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday at Hanson Lake Fields and are open to kids of all ages.

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