GLOUCESTER-- The work put in during the offseason can translate to success during the regular season. When it comes to Gloucester High School athletes, they take those words seriously, and take them to the next level.
Take a trip down to Good Harbor Beach or Stage Fort Park just after dawn on a summer morning and one can see just how serious Gloucester High School athletes take their offseason strength and conditioning. Three days a week throughout the summer, GHS athletes from all sports meet for offseason strength and conditioning workouts led by Mike Lattof.
“We need to build the stamina and strength in the offseason and that’s what this is for,” Gloucester football captain Connor Adkins said. “In a game we aren’t going to get a lot of breaks and the hard work we put in here helps us prepare for that.”
To call the morning workouts rigorous would be an understatement. Athletes start off with a warmup run, the length of Good Harbor Beach and back before breaking into calisthenics and stretching. From there, the focus can break off into a number of different directions - footwork drills, sprints, jumps, core training, sled pulling (at Stage Fort Park workouts) and sprints in knee deep water are only a few of the drills athletes will go through in the two-plus hour workout.
Athletes are put to the test from the start both physically and mentally, and that’s what draws them in. On Wednesday nearly 75 athletes from all different sports gathered at Good Harbor Beach. There were freshman, seniors, boys, girls, even a few old faces who had graduated high school but were looking to get in shape before beginning their respective college seasons.
No matter which team they represented, all the athletes had one common goal, to improve their strength and conditioning.