The mission of the Hotchkiss Strength and Conditioning Program is to assist our athletes in the development of their physical potential and to help in the prevention of injuries.
Mark Knapp [e-mail]
Asst. Manager of the Mars Athletic Center
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Asst. Coach, Track and Field
Asst. Coach, Boys Varsity Ice Hockey
Mark has been a coach and general manager of professional hockey teams in Sweden and has coached at many levels in the US for over 25 years. He holds a Level 5 Master Coaching license from USA Hockey and has been a speaker on the topic of player development at several Level 4 Coaches Conferences. Mark has over 30 years of coaching experience and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) by The National Strength and Conditioning Association, which is recognized as the gold standard in the field. Mark has trained a number of high school, college and pro athletes over the past 17 years.
We are fortunate to have facilities that allow us to offer a variety of training modalities in order to give our athletes the best opportunity to reach their athletic potential. The cardio area includes treadmills, elliptical machines, spin bikes, stair steppers, and a rowing ergometer. The resistance machines include a line of Nautilus and Keiser machines, as well as a full cable-cross unit with multiple stations. In addition, there is a full complement of free weights, including dumbbells and Olympic style bars and racks.
In the fall and spring our all-purpose room, which serves as the wrestling room in the Winter, is set up with 5 weightlifting platforms each with a full compliment of weights designed for Olympic style weightlifting.
In our strength and conditioning program, athletes have an opportunity to work on strength and conditioning in preparation for their sports seasons. The program focuses on developing strength, power, mobility and agility through the use of Olympic style weightlifting, plyometric exercises, mobility and agility exercises. Emphasis is on sound technique and proper rest ratios. Care is taken to address the needs of each individual and to provide appropriate training considering their physical maturity and growth. In addition, general conditioning and nutritional needs are also addressed.
In the fall, winter and spring seasons there is also an Exercise and Fitness class offered. This class is open juniors and seniors and is a general fitness option, where students can pursue their own training goals.
Students also have access to the fitness center throughout the day and on weekends.