By John Anderson
For six weeks each summer, Auburn athletes have the opportunity to get in shape for the fall sports season by attending the Better, Faster, Stronger program at Auburn High School. This program is free for the students and is run by AMS Physical Education teacher David (Coach) Lajoie who has led the program since 2004.
Held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the program seeks to build strength and speed in a controlled and monitored setting. The day starts at 6:30am when the AHS football team begins loosening up before hitting the weight room. The field hockey players come in at 8:00am followed by both the boys and girls soccer teams at 9:30.
At 11:00am, the final group is a mix of middle school athletes who may be doing this type of training for the first time. Coach Lajoie has an assistant to help with this group since more instruction and monitoring takes place. He said, “The first priority is safety, and the second is form. The weight can come later.” The staff wants to prevent bad habits before they are learned.
30-40 middle school athletes are attending the training on a regular basis. Lajoie said, “It’s the most I’ve ever had.” The Coach started his Auburn teaching career in 2002 at the old high school. In 2004, he transferred to the middle school and cannot wait to use the new facilities on West St.
Athletes who are in good shape with a strong core and developed muscles are more competitive and have a lower risk of injury. With any luck, all of these students will make their school proud this fall.