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Your Facility Shut Down, Now What?

[0:00]: Hi, Jeff Reinardy Winona State University. We’re looking at an empty facility today. Ourselves, like many of you out there, are completely shut down in all aspects. For us, we won’t be able to see our athletes for at least two to four weeks. The university systems themselves are going from complete shutdown to online learning all those types of things. So in essence, we will not see our athletes until summer at our earliest for the moment. So there’s a lot of things that are really up in the air.

[0:28] First, I thought this might be a little bit of an overreaction. But as I learn more and more about this disease, obviously, it’s something we’re trying to do our best to contain places like universities, schools, and those types of places are, unfortunately great breeding grounds for this to spread. So it’s a smart move to shut us down and to make sure that everyone’s as safe as possible.

[0:50] But in the meantime, what we need to do as strength and conditioning coaches, well we try to reach out to our athletes first to kind of calm their fears, and let them understand what might be going on and they might have some anxiety about it.

[1:00] Secondly, to help them feel like they’re continually getting better. For us, that means I’m going to send out two different types of workouts, one with kind of a normal type of workout for us where they might have access to a facility similar to this. But the likelihood is they won’t, they’ll either be in their homes, fairly self quarantined, whatever the case might be.

[1:21] So we’re going to actually kind of have to sit around and rewrite, rethink how we’re going to approach that. It’s going to be a lot of things that are purely based on home type workouts, that’s going to make things a little bit more challenging. A lot of body weight types of things that we might be looking at. And in the near future, hopefully, we can post a quick video on a wide variety of different body weight types of things that you might be able to select from.

[1:44] But for the time being, you know, that’s kind of our reality. It’s extraordinarily different. We’re an extraordinary time. So we’re moving forward best we can. Making sure our athletes understand what the best scenario for them is. Giving them some options for working out. Other than that, stay safe. Stay smart. Give your athletes the best workout they can. And we’ll continue to move through this.


  • Jeff Reinardy

    The 2009 Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year, Jeff is in his 16th year at Winona State University as Strength and Conditioning/ Director of Fitness. He is responsible for 10 Division II teams. Previously he was the head strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports at Iowa State University, an assistant at the University of Memphis, and an assistant at the US Olympic training center in Colorado. Reinardy was part of two men’s basketball national championships in three appearances, numerous conference championships, and several individual national champions at both the Division I and II levels. He also holds club coach and sports performance certifications through USA Weightlifting, and is the former ADFPA American Squat record holder in the 148 weight class and four Minnesota state ADFPA championships.

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