If you sit down in this weight room, you are told to do 10 sit-ups. If you complain, 10 more. The guy who runs this gym cleared out most of the machines and replaced them with free weights, including lifting platforms! He says no one has thanked him yet but he knows at some point they will.
Where is this box and who is running the show here?
New Green Bay Packer strength and conditioning coach, Dave Redding, a 23 year NFL coaching veteran took this position after the previous coach, Rock Gullickson was fired after last season by head coach Mike McCarthy when the Packers tanked in the second half of the season. Conditioning issues and injuries were part of the problem and enough to cost Gullickson his job.
Redding’s philosophy embraces work capacity, volume and ownership by the players of their workouts. Coach Redding emphasizes free weights; barbells and dumbbells and has gotten rid of a most of the machines that were in place.
Coach Redding says his players’ conditioning will stand out at the end of the 2nd and 4th quarters of games, where last year, the players especially on defense were gassed. When it comes apart like that, mistakes are made and injuries tend to go up and that is what happened to the Packers last season.
The players will train in the newly revamped gym 4 days a week, 1 hour and 50 minutes a session in both the weight room and the Hutson Center for speed and conditioning work. Mondays and Thursday are “pull” days focused on triple extension and Olympic movements. (Very nice!) Tuesdays and Fridays are “push” days featuring bench pressing, squats and other “traditional muscle-mass and hypertrophy work.” Wednesdays and weekends are off days.
He says his nine week program will have his players peaking in time for organized team activities starting in late May.
Coach Redding recently gave an interview to the media, outlining his program with footage showing some of the training the athletes do.